In case you’re wondering why I’m in a terrible mood lately, this is some of the assigned reading I’ve been working on for my history class on the Holocaust:
The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems & Perspectives of Interpretation, Ian Kershaw
Racism: A Short History, George M. Frederickson
The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town, Helmut Walser Smith
Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg
I highly recommend all of these texts, but it has been emotionally exhausting getting through some of them.  The reaction faces are mostly in regard to the discomfort of reading books with such lurid covers on public transportation.  I’m obviously not going to take pictures of how much crying comes with forcing oneself to think about systematic genocide this much.

In case you’re wondering why I’m in a terrible mood lately, this is some of the assigned reading I’ve been working on for my history class on the Holocaust:

  • The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems & Perspectives of Interpretation, Ian Kershaw
  • Racism: A Short History, George M. Frederickson
  • The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town, Helmut Walser Smith
  • Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg

I highly recommend all of these texts, but it has been emotionally exhausting getting through some of them.  The reaction faces are mostly in regard to the discomfort of reading books with such lurid covers on public transportation.  I’m obviously not going to take pictures of how much crying comes with forcing oneself to think about systematic genocide this much.

Correct me if I’m wrong, and I really hope I am:

If I want a Ph. D I probably should have considered this before enrolling at a school with only a terminal Master’s.  Were I to enroll in a PhD program elsewhere I would have to do my Master’s all over again, it seems.  

My marriage to academia is very tumultuous.

zebablah replied to your post: Shit y’all, I have to figure out what I want to…

omg

ZEBA WHAT IS TEACHING

I am literally going through my shoddy bibliography from my honors thesis three years ago looking for sources that will still work in the context of a history class instead of a longass English paper.  What am I even doing.  

Jeremy Bentham does not have a HOPE poster.

— me, re:  classical vs. modern liberalism

zebablah:

hostilities:

Spent two hours talking with the professor I’ll be assisting this semester and I am so excited.  We did a lot of talking with our hands and fangirling over Maus and talking about the social history and narrative in Downton Abbey.  I’m going to lecture on the New Woman in October.

omg i spent two hours talking with the professors i’ll be assisting this semester too and i am also so excited?

omg is this some kind of sign?

A sign THAT WE ARE AMAZING??  Obvs.

I need to make a “soht ma lahfe owt” list (I can’t even do an accent when typing) like yours so I can believe things are actually getting better.  Just need a job and to avoid dying alone.

Spent two hours talking with the professor I’ll be assisting this semester and I am so excited.  We did a lot of talking with our hands and fangirling over Maus and talking about the social history and narrative in Downton Abbey.  I’m going to lecture on the New Woman in October.

Apparently in addition to grading and holding office house, this semester I’ll be doing some guest lecturing in modern European history on a topic of my choice.  That’s not intimidating at all, nope.

kookoocachoo27 answered your question: recommendations?

I don’t know anything about anything, but omg congratulations!
A World Lit Only by Fire was a great intro to early European history for me.

Thanks, guys!  I should have specified that it’s European history post-1789.  I need to find my copy of A World Lit Only By Fire, though.  I haven’t cracked it since high school and my clearest memory of AP European History is that The War of Jenkins’ Ear is a thing that happened.

recommendations?

Apparently I am going to be a TA in European history this fall, and I could use some reading recommendations for brushing up.  Anything on eastern Europe in particular would be much appreciated.  Obviously I have a good grasp on Things That Happened, but I could definitely stand to familiarize myself with what’s happening in the field right now.

My background is sort of random and patchy, deep in certain areas and not others.  I’m a little surprised they didn’t assign me to work in modern Chinese history or classical history, to be honest, but I’m excited to work with this professor.

The Crazy Department-Wide E-mails Everyone at NYU Is Talking About ↘

While I disagree with the armchair diagnoses of this student, I am fascinated but the overwhelming sense of entitlement she must feel in order to justify sending all these bonkers e-mails.  I am scared to go into academia, you guys.

Clearly this dude has a Time-Turner, right?

How the fuck is James Franco attending like four schools at the same time, making films, and publishing basic stories in Esquire?  Is that possible?  Supposedly he is enrolling (or is enrolled, I neither know nor care) in the English PhD program at Yale and is going to attend RISD or something. If he can do this without getting special privileges then damn, he should be writing books about time management/getting shit done.

Supposedly Harold Bloom will be back teaching at Yale, and I’m guessing he will not give a shit about Franco being famous.  Harold Bloom is never amused.

Wait, what if James Franco is the Doctor?  D:

life update

This weekend I decided that I am getting my English Ph.D and no one can stop me.  HH told me that the only reason people rag on English degrees now is because women get them (patriarchy, etc.).  I am going to live my dreams and continue to not deal with real life.

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