What I Hated the Least Today 154/365: Papers

I spent the last few days doing what existentialists who aren't nihilists (yet) do: persisting in so-called meaningful activities which they know to be meaningless. In other words, I've been pursuing my academic pursuits. (Or, oops, I did it again.) In a matter of four or five days, I churned out two abstracts (as in … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 154/365: Papers

What I Hated the Least Today 151/365: Trainspotting

Whenever I don't know what to blog about, I blog about Trainspotting. It's my favourite childhood film (sic) and one of my favourite books. The book is better than the movie, but the movie is good enough to have achieved a cult status in my book (see what I did here?). Trainspotting still matters. A sequel to the … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 151/365: Trainspotting

What I Hated the Least Today 136/365: (Not) Healthy

And I am aware of my heart: it opens and closes Its bowl of red blooms out of sheer love of me. The water I taste is warm and salt, like the sea, And comes from a country far away as health. —Sylvia Plath, "Tulips" I blogged about pain management yesterday, mostly because I found … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 136/365: (Not) Healthy

What I Hated the Least Today 135/365: Pain Management

The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me. Even through the gift paper I could hear them breathe Lightly, through their white swaddlings, like an awful baby. Their redness talks to my wound, it corresponds. —Sylvia Plath, "Tulips" I've been suffering from a new kind of pain the last ten days. … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 135/365: Pain Management

What I Hated the Least Today 129/365: Not Not While the Giro

*The following is mildly depressing and largely confused.* This post takes its title from James Kelman's early collection of short stories, Not Not While the Giro (1983). These were published a decade before Kelman established himself as the chronicler of working-class Glasgow and was launched to fame by winning, with much controversy, the Booker Prize for … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 129/365: Not Not While the Giro

What I Hated the Least Today 121/365: Labour May Day

I celebrated Labour Day by labouring on my research paper, which I hope to publish in an obscure academic journal. The deadline for submissions was 1 May, and I started writing on 30 April, deploying the classic tactics of motivation through pressure. My paper turned out somewhat differently than what I promised in the pre-approved abstract. … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 121/365: Labour May Day