Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:39 am

Two reasons I’m not going to grad school before I absolutely have to

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:39 am

Nino Ricci, author of the novel The Origin of Species:

Then I entered graduate school, and was asked to check all my worldviews at the door. The Big Narratives were history, we were told—not only the hoary ones like Christianity and Beowulf, but also socialism, the Enlightenment, the self-help movement—and worse, everything we had imagined we knew about the world was a stinking lie, trapped in a binary logic that kept whatever it was that was really out there at some unfathomable remove. Or at least I think that was what we were told—much of it was put to us in a language that purported to be English but didn’t resemble any form I’d ever seen before.

That and the fact that a friend got her master’s last week by writing a 90-page autoethnography. The fact that neither nor defines this word tells me all I need to know.


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