Friday, March 16, 2012

Blogging as escapism

Clearly, the resurgence in my interest in my blog must mean that I'm deep in the dissertation process. I've completed 60% of my draft, have outlined my second chapter, but am still struggling with some of my harmonic analysis. In particular, the method by which I illustrate my analysis doth vex me so. Instead of pouring my energy into my work, I take frequent breaks to blog/whine/kvetch about these things. I'm not suggesting that actually doing it instead of writing about it will solve my problem. I'm throwing these things out there in the hope that someone will actually read this and offer some input.

Anyone?.... anyone?... Bueller?...


Jess said...


Seriously though, representing harmonic analysis graphically when you aren't dealing with a score is monumentally difficult.

Go with the Great Whomever.

Try writing about Milton Babbitt without saying at some point 'ye gods, he was an ass.'

Anthony said...

BABBIT! I never thought about him. I'll root through some stuff and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the idea.

Jess said...

Heh. I wasn't necessarily suggesting YOU write about Babbitt, just attempting some some academic one-up-manship, as I have been working on the man's writings and at the end of the day teaching appreciation is a relief. But, I actually think his theoretical work might provide a suggestion. Or it might make you want to give up altogether.