Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Here I Am, Again...

It hasn't been very long. On the up side, I've made some real progress on the thesis! I've written several more pages today, and more importantly, I'm about to write several more pages (I just wrote the conclusion of a section that I just started, so that I would write it out while my ideas were in the forefront of my mind.) I'm writing in a very scattered fashion right now, in order to combat writer's block. I was stuck on the section about white collar material culture, and so I started writing the section about the debate about women, and the usage of the madonna/whore binary in that debate. Good times. It's especially exciting when you find a seemingly-unrelated primary source that ends up proving your point for you. Woo!

Sorry for that academic rambling. I've been keeping up with these historian blogs lately, and they make me really excited. Another forum for scholarly debate, in an environment that is (by definition) less formal! I just encountered a post in which someone was posing the question of whether he was allowed to mark "dropped quotations" (quotations that are given as sentences unto themselves, without incorporating them into one of your own sentences) as grammatically wrong. This is where I get really excited.

I am listening to: "Underwhelmed" by Sloan. Before that: "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," by Paul Simon. Now it's "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison (I skipped "Jackie Wilson" by Van M, and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" by Dr. Hook, because I'm not in the mood for them right now.) "I'll Be Okay" by Amanda Marshall.

I am wearing: a Banff t-shirt my sister gave me as a present, with a Glad Tidings Bible Camp bunnyhug over top, red sweatpants and purple socks. With pigtails. I am the height of fashion.

I last ate: Szechwan stirfry with chicken (from a box), and leftover scalloped potatoes. It's very much a low-maintenance day.

Fifth Sentence of p. 123 of the nearest book: (oh goodness, this one's frightening)

"The Poles are already keeping them at bay, and so they will all come into old Germany, where we love the Jews so much and keep the warmest seats ready for them." Alfred Rosenberg, "The Russian Jewish Problem" (1919), in The Weimar Republic Sourcebook.

This is the sort of stuff I read. I was offering Meg that we should study at a coffee shop together sometime -- her with her paper on child pornography and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and I with my "rise of Nazism" stuff.

And now I must away.

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