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Personal/Theological Notebook: Barnes' Patristics Library as Temptation 
2nd-Jul-2007 08:37 pm
Loyola Faculty Portrait
Raynor Library closed at six today and will do so again tomorrow as part of their Fourth of July observance, so I moved over to Barnes' office, which I think I mentioned I'm now babysitting during his sabbatical year. After I gave the plant its weekly watering, I set up and got to work. But I'm surrounded by Barnes' library and all the books are calling to me to come and play. This is the worst place to do the dissertation, because it's all the stuff that I do but that I'm not doing in the dissertation. Temptation is extra sexy when you can pass it off as further work in your area....
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3rd-Jul-2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Temptation is extra sexy when you can pass it off as further work in your area....

Oh my God yes. This is how I ended up with another nascent article this past week, which I am virtuously trying NOT to become obsessed with.

On the other hand, I am lucky enough in my own place in the disserthinking that any work in my area COULD be proper work...

At any rate, I'm under orders this week to "have fun" and not read for comps, which is almost as onerous as when my undergrad advisor informed me to (direct quote) "fall in love or something"...
3rd-Jul-2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
"Onerous?!"
3rd-Jul-2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Which bit are you quibbling?
3rd-Jul-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Well, "have fun" is easy and in the Eye of the Beholder, so I could say that that's not a hard instruction.

In a quick, one-liner, throw-away kind of comment, I could also have been implying that there's nothing onerous about "fall in love," but, of course, forced to try to defend that, I have to allow that as an instruction it's rather overwhelming and awful, whereas when it just happens, it's the easiest thing in the world. But then, after blowing my last opportunity, maybe I should confess that what used to be the "easiest thing the world" might now be beyond me....

Urg. See? One-liners ought to be enjoyed, not questioned and explained....

:-P
4th-Jul-2007 01:58 am (UTC)
If you don't want to have your one-liners ruthlessly poked and prodded on occasion, you may perhaps wish to reconsider befriending a literary critic.

*beams winningly*
4th-Jul-2007 04:06 am (UTC)
"*beams winningly*" is the best description-response ever.
4th-Jul-2007 11:17 am (UTC)
*bows*

Adorably annoying since the Twentieth Century, that's me!
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