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Striving for Perfection?

I feel like there’s a lot of pressure in this world to be “perfect.” Sometimes I think feel it a tad more acutely since I’m a PhD candidate, and there seems to be this silent expectation that all PhD candidates should be close to perfect at all times, like perfect little aca-angels. However, if I’m… Continue reading Striving for Perfection?

American Literature · phd · School

That successful “First Draft!” done feeling

I just finished the first not totally awful draft of my American Literature paper, which, through a series of ups and downs ended up being about publisher influence and authorial choices in the 1850s abolitionist paper The National Era and Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. I looked at Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Melville’s “Benito Cereno” and I feel pretty alright about… Continue reading That successful “First Draft!” done feeling

Media Studies and Fandom · School

Ten Years Gone: Grey’s Anatomy’s “How to Save a Life”

Ten Years Gone: Spoiler Alert: The following blog post contains details about the April 23, 2015 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “How to Save a Life.” I have watched Grey’s Anatomy  (Imdb Link: since its first brief and dazzling season, instantly captivated by a story that began with boy meets girl. The show started with… Continue reading Ten Years Gone: Grey’s Anatomy’s “How to Save a Life”