A combination of final exams, a spring break trip to Stockholm, and some research gearing up diverted my time and attention from blogging. So until next week's essay on the American concept of and obsession with leadership, enjoy some links!
Read: Sexism can literally be lethal. For a first-person account, see Joe Fassler's How Doctors Take Women's Pain Less Seriously. And for a more literary take, see Leslie Jamison's Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain. Note that neither of these pieces examines how different groups of women are taken more or less seriously, which I expect - given the intersectional nature of identity - is also an issue.
Delight: I came across the Rijksstudio recently - it's a project that makes the vast collection of the Rijksmuseum accessible online, in a Pinterest-style format! Think paintings and drawings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, and more!
Listen: I've been playing Diane Birch's Love and War on repeat for the past month - and I can personally recommend it as windows-down sing-along for coastal California road trips.
Ponder: Rebecca Mead's 2011 New Yorker profile of Tim Ferriss. I am utterly fascinated by the phenomenon that is Tim Ferriss and his apparent following. Moving to Silicon Valley - where everything in life is considered "hackable" - has only deepened my fascination. I've been receiving his newsletter for almost a year now, having signed up in the hope of gaining some insight into his thinking - so stay tuned for an upcoming essay on the topic! In the meantime, I found Rebecca Mead's profile a must-read.
Implement: Last quarter, I attended a lecture by Hugh Kearns of Flinders University on "The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students." The lecture was held on campus, and was so popular that some students were turned away for want of space! I think that speaks to the general anxiety among PhD students and students who, like me, are considering a PhD - are we doing things "right"? Why is it hard to be productive? How do I negotiate my relationship with my advisor? Am I even qualified to do this sort of work?
Kearns addressed many of the common issues that come up in the careers of PhD students, plus ways to address those issues, maximize your efficacy, and think about what you're doing as a research student.
And because I'm a confirmed nerd, I took plenty of notes and thought I'd share them here.