Explorations of Style is going on a summer hiatus. I’ll be back in the middle of August, after a family vacation and a summer research institute. While I’m away, I’m going to experiment with reprinting some older posts. Many of you are recent followers of the blog and may not have seen the earlier posts. I’m going to resist the almost-irresistible temptation to update those posts, but I welcome, as always, your comments about what needs more clarity. When I return from the summer institute, I’m beginning a sabbatical, which will give me some time to devote to all the half-written posts I’ve accumulated over the course of the year. I also plan to create some sort of annotated table of contents to help new readers find what they need in the archives; if you have any thoughts about how to make any aspect of the blog easier to use, please let me know.
I wish you all a happy and productive summer of writing!
Recent links from @explorstyle on Twitter
From @thesiswhisperer, a post on finishing and feeling finished.
From @readywriting, a project to create a list of academic blogs across the disciplines. Add yours!
From @DocwritingSIG, an account of different disciplinary approaches to publishing during the PhD.
From @ThomsonPat, a great account of different reading strategies. Don’t try reading in graduate school without a strategy!
From @monkeycageblog, an interesting question about the relationship between academic writing and the humanities.
A good summary of what @Feedly has done over the last 100 days to welcome new users.
From @chronicle, interesting reflections from a self-aware grammar stickler.
From William Helmreich in @insidehighered, advice on the job interview.
From @chronicle, the Ph.D. Placement Project, an information gathering project on post-PhD employment.
From @NewYorker, the relationship between thought and writing on Twitter.
From @thesiswhisperer, a post on the status of research Masters students.
From @fishhookopeneye, a reminder that commenting on blogs is an important part of social media participation.
From Mary Ann Mason in @Slate, child-bearing and academia.
From Geoffrey Pullum in Lingua Franca, the tension between editorial practices and academic approaches to usage.
From the New APPS blog, strategies for productive writing for early career researchers.
From @insidehighered, guidance on the early stages of a job search.
From @WmGermano, in praise of very, very long words.
From @TheAmScho, interesting thoughts on the psychology of how we use acronyms.
From @qui_oui, a great piece on fat shaming in academia, reminding us it’s not just about social media etiquette.
From @ProfessorIsIn, creating space for writing amid the busyness of teaching, service, and family.
From @chrishumphrey, concrete and helpful advice on doing a non-academic job search.
From @ThomsonPat, a discussion of the value of specific headings and subheadings in academic writing.
Maybe I shouldn’t be spending so much time trying to craft the perfect ending to my blog posts, via @Slate.
From @GradHacker, advice about finding new productivity strategies to support graduate study.
From @DocwritingSIG, why doctoral study can be different for mothers.
Lots to think about here, but at what point does banning laptops become like banning pen and paper for some students?
From @byagoda, using the word ‘blog’ to refer to a ‘blog post’. I use ‘post’, but is there a better option?
From @RohanMaitzen, thoughtful comments on the relationship between blogging and academic publishing.
From Claire Goldstene, an interesting long read on the politics of contingent academic labour.
From the CAUT Bulletin, a reminder about the vital importance of childcare at conferences.