Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Academic Journals

There are so many journals out there that I am drawn to. But who has the time to read them all? I really wish that I did. And in a way, I feel like I should somehow be reading them even if I don't have the time. I currently subscribe to Grey Room and JSAH (The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians). But in addition to these great journals there are of course more: October, Art Journal, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Invisible Culture, Journal of Visual Culture, Log. And I am sure there are plenty others that are still unknown to me. I think what I need to do is eliminate my "fun" bedtime reading and replace it with a journal. If I read one article every night then I could in theory get this reading done. Maybe it will even help me sleep better!

The great thing about journal reading is that it is really the most up-to-date work in the field. Second to, I guess, attending conferences which is not always possible. It is nice to keep up with the work of your heroes.. I mean mentors.. I mean the superstar academics who seem to be on Ritalin and produce so much writing that they likely never sleep or f$#! for that matter.

Though, as I myself aspire to be published in a respectable journal one day (hopefully sooner rather than later), it is also good to read the type of material that is readily published in the field. This is especially important as my own academic writing needs to transform from "grad student" style to that of a "scholar."

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P.S. Still no word from Foundation on said Fellowship. Still hoping...

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