May 30, 2007

Speaking of Summer Reading

Filed under: writing — jrice @ 2:24 pm

Y’all need to pick up, as well, our good friend Thomas Rickert’s Acts of Enjoyment.


  1. Considering past discourse on your website, I thought that this might be of interest to you. Recently, I had a meeting with an advisor concerning my class schedule for the fall. We started discussing the honors project, and the possibility of doing a website. When I informed her that I had some prior experience, she explained that blogs were rather informal, and that the project would have to be more formal in order to satisfy the requirements. How is it that a blog immediately designates or is associated with negative thought in “scholarly” or formal discourse? It is as though she was implying that pleasure and scholarly work can not be associated. I beg to differ.

    Comment by 1jargoncomputer — May 31, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  2. Derek
    That is what “categories” and ideological positions are about. A blog may in fact be informal. Or it may be formal. Or we might ask: why is one category better than the next? Or we might ask: the essay’s origins are in “informal” writing (daily thoughts, tales of self-pleasure), so if the essay is a set category that cannot be bent or altered, maybe we should prize the informal?

    Prizing the essay over the online space is an ideological position based on many different factors. Too many to list here.

    I can’t speak for your adviser. But you can always ask your her what her understanding of a blog or website is, and you might share your own understandings and then explain what it is you want to do online that you would do on paper and what you want to do that you cannot do on paper.

    The question is not better, of course, but what possibilities are offered to you online that you feel are important to the project you want to do?

    And, of course, pleasure and scholarly work can go together! The worst scholarship (or academic advice) is that which acts otherwise – look to already produced scholarship to see these categories collapse. Anyway, the category of “academic” or “scholarly” is already over-used to the extent that its meaning is lost.

    Comment by jrice — May 31, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

  3. Note that I use the following terms more as indications/suggestions as to a more general mode of thought concerning the issue..

    I believe you are right that the “scholarly” and the pleasureable can be combined, and that the “informal” may actually be a matter of preference. I just felt, and continue to feel, immediately and entirely alienated concerning this subject. It seems that these issues continue to emerge in discussion. Perhaps, if I outlined the issue more concisely she could potentially appreciate my position. But then, perhaps I should refine my position. I am hoping that I will be able to find classes which facilitate a means of producing something more “informal” (phrasing?). It just seems that many are bent on this binary of right/wrong; formal/informal; scholarly/otherwise.

    Comment by 1jargoncomputer — May 31, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

  4. Jeff– this is off-topic, and I know you’ve had far more important (and fun!) things to think about and do the last few weeks, but– any thoughts about the Billy Donovan move to the Magic? I just heard it on ESPN, and hoped you might have a blog post up. (:

    Comment by Brian — May 31, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

  5. Sucks. I really hope he doesn’t go. Maybe I’ll post about it. I guess no one can turn down $6 million a year, eh?

    Oh – and they spelled Gainesville wrong on the ESPN page.

    Comment by jrice — May 31, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

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