A commodity

“Universities are truly storehouses of knowledge: students arrive from school confident that they know very nearly everything, and they leave years later certain that they know practically nothing. Where did the knowledge go in the meantime? Into the university, of course, where it is carefully dried and stored.”

The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen (via jugglingeese)


mistspinner asked: Are you going to make this essay available online somewhere? Because I would totally, in a heartbeat, read it.

Probably not because it will most likely be published by the Mythopoetic Society after I have given my presentation. But I could certainly send the essay to you if you’re interested and refrain from using it commercially – unless we share the wages, of course 😉

On the roller coaster

The moment when you send off your application for a grant is similar to nearly reaching the top of a roller coaster hill. You know you’re going to ride downhill, head over heels and around curves, but you don’t know in which order it is going to happen. You are not sure whether the whole construction will hold, if the car is secured, although it has all been fine every time up until now. Nevertheless, anything might occur. It is too early for being nervous, but the anticipation is there.

And just before you actually reach the top and could oversee the whole journey, a small voice reminds you to lean back and enjoy the ride. You’ll get down to the ground again, no matter how. The thought is brutal, but there’s nothing you can change about it right now. So lean back. Lean back and raise your arms.

And don’t forget to pick up your photograph on the way out.

Whooshing Noise

Neil Gaiman: duendecillita: Call for Papers: Essays on Neil GaimanEdited by Tara…:


Call for Papers: Essays on Neil Gaiman

Edited by Tara Prescott (UCLA)

Nearly 25 years ago, Neil Gaiman launched the first issue of what was going to become the most innovative and beloved of comics: The Sandman. Today, fans are rejoicing at Gaiman’s highly-anticipated return to the series with Sandman: Overture while also riding the high from recent publications that include an autobiographical tale, two epic television episodes, several children’s stories, a national collaborative tour, and an endless (Endless?) stream of witty and wonderful tweets, blogs, bits, and bobbins. Gaiman’s imagination works at such a furious pace that it is hard to keep up with him. Building on the success of McFarland’s Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman, this new multidisciplinary volume, to be published in 2014, offers fresh and enlightening perspectives on Gaiman’s most recent, groundbreaking work.

All topics are welcome, however, submitters should be familiar with the essays published in Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman. Topics that are similar to those covered in the first collection will not be accepted. Essays on the following are particularly encouraged:

Gaiman’s Twitter presence and online works
Perspectives on Anansi Boys, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, “Dr. Who” episodes, and Sandman: Overture
Collaborations with Tori Amos, Amanda Palmer, and others
Alternative format essays (photographic, comic, etc) that push the boundaries of traditional scholarship
Multidisciplinary essays that look at Gaiman’s work through the lenses of other fields

Proposals of 300-500 words and a short bio should be sent to taralynnprescott@gmail.com by February 1, 2014.

Full papers (4,000 – 6,500 words) will be expected by June 1, 2014.

I’m seriously considering participating. I’ll probably need a TARDIS and an additional relativity device to pull it off in time, but this sounds so awesome…