Robert Darnton has just published a book you might be interested in. Yes, the same person whose podcast interview you recently listened to [link]…timely topic for class!
This piece, in Inside Higher Ed, had a great overview of some of the ways to overcome so-called writer’s block. Essentially, the author gives a list of ways to “trick” yourself into writing, but many of them are good ways to get momentum on any difficult piece of work.
From The Chronicle Review — a great thought piece for a paper topic!
In case you hadn’t realized it, this part of the blog is where Carol and I can link to all the fun stuff that we don’t have time to share in class… like TED talk parodies from The Onion:
My personal favorites: “What is the Biggest Rock?” and “Using Social Media to Cover for a Lack of Original Thought”
(Content advisory warning: some use of colorful language, etc. And a ridiculous rabbit hole, so only press play if you’ve got an hour to fritter away on these… 🙂 )
From today’s Huffington Post, a new book is reviewed, Dataclysm by Christian Rudder, the founder of OkCupid…so science? opinion?
The headline states… “Statistical analysis says no…”
We will be reading more on this in the next weeks…
When the founders wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they didn’t mean longer vacations and more comfortable hammocks. They meant the pursuit of learning. The pursuit of improvement and excellence.
In hard work is happiness.
–David McCullough, interviewed last year in Harvard Business Review.