So, for a while, I wondered if I would finish my PhD. I don't necessarily need it to do what I want to do, but I do like the depth of thought that comes along with research and writing. Not to mention I'm thisclose to being finished. I only need two more classes and exams to be ABD. So, I've made a decision. I'm finishing.
And you're going to help me. Okay. Maybe not you as an individual because you can choose what you read and don't read, but you as one of my very valued blog readers. I've had a tentative goal of reading one book a week from my exam list during the semester. That might not sound very ambitious, but I'm also taking Spanish for translation (and I've never had any Spanish before in my life), teaching full-time, and raising a toddler. I know that one book a week is doable, but I'm having a hard time getting the actual doing it part down.
So here's the plan. Every week, I'm going to write about the book that I've read. Now, because I know that not everyone just loves them some Aristotle as much as I do (though really, what's wrong with you?), I'm going to put a little spin on it. Every week I will take whatever academic work I've been reading and apply it to some sort of pop culture: news stories, movies, songs, television shows, something.
First up? Aristotle's On Rhetoric. Get excited.