Category Archives: Writing

Three linked posts on peer review delays – the role of editors, of reviewers, and authors

Three linked posts on peer review delays – the role of editors, of reviewers, and authors. If you read one, read them all – they all begin with the same problem, but this is a system. There is some good … Continue reading

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Why do so many academics publish in unreadable outlets?

Why do so many academics publish in unreadable outlets? I don’t mean the prose style is unreadable (though it might be), but I’m thinking of the outlets they chose to publish in. Obviously, I recognise that the ‘gold standard’ for … Continue reading

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Three pieces on work patterns

Three interesting pieces on work patterns – one on how to work alone (99u), one on what can actually be done in the academic summer (Daily Nous); and on making a realistic plan (Jo VanEvery).

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Foucault: The Birth of Power Update 15 – revision and resubmission of the manuscript, and table of contents

While I had made some changes to the manuscript after submission, and again after receiving the reports, on Sunday evening I finished four long days of thoroughly revising the text and resubmitted it to the publisher. Just as I was beginning … Continue reading

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Another long day revising Foucault: The Birth of Power

Another long day revising Foucault: The Birth of Power. Further work restructuring the introduction and some rewriting, and a bit more tweaking in the conclusion. Some of this is undoing the work done over the past couple of days and … Continue reading

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A fairly clear desk as I begin the final revisions of Foucault: The Birth of Power

A fairly clear desk as I begin the final revisions of Foucault: The Birth of Power…

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Foucault: the Birth of Power Update 13: Another (final?) trip to the Bibliothèque Nationale archive

While waiting for the reader reports on Foucault: The Birth of Power I have been almost exclusively working on Shakespeare. That project is taking shape, and I’ve been developing conference and seminar papers into more polished prose, with fuller notes … Continue reading

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David Beer, In defence of writing book reviews

David Beer, ‘In defence of writing book reviews’ in The Times Higher Education. A very good piece, which makes a plea for the importance of this engagement. I know, as a former book review editor, how difficult it can be to … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Last Decade Update 26: advanced copy received and some final reflections

This is the 26th and probably final update on the writing and production of Foucault’s Last Decade, as I received an advanced copy of the physical book a couple of days ago. Copies should be available in online stores and elsewhere in … Continue reading

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What counts as academic writing?

Raul Pacheco-Vega has another interesting post about writing, this time asking ‘What counts as academic writing?‘ He begins by talking of his daily practice: Because I need the peace of mind of having accomplished something every day, I write every day, … Continue reading

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