This was another of the pieces that I, unfortunately, despite the best-laid plans, wasn’t able to attend.

However, I passed on my ticket to another and they had some interesting things to say about it. Paraphrased and run through my interpretation-machine:

Interesting. Minimal. No fires. Open field near water. Dark but could make out mountains on the horizon in the moonlight

Was Mike Parr there? Someone saying 1 2 3 4 at beginning and the end. Seated performers.

Audience had an interesting take on quiet. Whispering at the performance border or moving off a bit to talk. Turned around later and saw people/bodies scattered around the field – some laying down. Was reaching my cold limit. Saw people in hoodies and shorts…

I’m still sorry I missed it. Though I’m not sure how I would have responded to the endurance challenge. Hopefully, I would have rugged up and just given myself over to it. It all sounds quite ‘spare’.

My bLog Has Something to Say About Online Dating

That Tingles

Twin Peaks Me

My favorite TV show Twin Peaks has returned after a 25-year hiatus. Agent Cooper is slowly waking up to our present day of hipster coffee, smart phones, Siri and Alexa (instead of Diane). If these red velvet curtains could talk, what would Twin Peaks characters say about online dating? Let’s ask my bLog.

The owls are not what they seem.The photos are not what they seem.

The gum you like is going to come back in style.
The guy you like is going to come back in a few months.

I’ll see you again in 25 years.I’ll ghost you again in 25 days.

It’s like having the most beautiful dream and the most terrible nightmare at once.
It’s like having the most convenient way and the most terrible experience at once.

Every day, once a day, give yourself a present.Every day, once a day, check your OkCupid.

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use a vignette – #wakeupreader


Most readers, even academic ones, like a bit of a story. And a vignette is just a bit of a story, a condensed version. A vignette is brief, evocative and descriptive. It provides information about key points of an event or interaction. It illustrates a particular point.

A vignette is intended to provoke a response. It might be written in a way intended to elicit feelings. It might be designed to start a line of thought or an argument. It might be meant to challenge values or belief.

Vignettes are often used as a qualitative research method. And they are used in academic writing too.

Helen Sword suggests that one of the characteristics of ‘good’ academic writing is that writers offer stories and examples. Readers can see what the writer is getting at – they combine an abstracted discussion with an example from everyday life. The example animates and grounds…

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vignette variations


I was recently asked foran example of the use of vignette. Here it is.

There are many ways to write a journal article besidesthe standard Introduction followed by a Literature Review, Methods, Results and Discussion and Conclusion.

While there are not a lot of journals that appear to publish papers in alternative genres and styles, there are perhaps more than you might imagine. Editors are often quite keen to provide a variety of papers and approaches and this may be flagged in the journal’s mission statement, or via special issues intended to encourage new contributions to the journalcommunity.

Once a writer decides to abandon the conventional social science journal genre and locates a journal willing to publish, they must decide ontheir alternative approach. Manywriters turn to literary genres.

Here is one example of an approach to the paper introduction which is relatively common, the first person narrative. The example…

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