Well, we returned back to work today. The Dissertation is coming along quite nicely, and I am actually confident that I can produce a workable, submittable draft by the middle of September. Not, mind you, that that will be the final version, but I want the Adviser to have seen all of the chapters in … Continue reading Dissertation Days (47): Back to Work I Go
I know I keep saying this, but I think I mean it this time. It looks like Chapter 3 will be sent off tomorrow. I'm finishing a few last-minute things--mostly footnotes and bibliographic entries that eluded me--but I'm so damn close! If I can just push myself over the finish line, and if I can … Continue reading Dissertation Days (35): Out, Out, Damn Chapter!
Overall, I think this was a better work day than yesterday. I actually managed to go beyond my 1,000 word goal for Chapter 4, and my re-reading of Chapter 3 made me feel like it's not total dreck after all. Of course, that could be the caffeine talking, but I do like to think that … Continue reading Dissertation Days (31): Work, Work, Work
I know it's been a while since I posted a dissertation update. My Parents and I lost a furry member of our family, so we've been grieving. Today, though, I knew I had to get back in the swing of things. And here we are. So, this chapter of my dissertation has basically five complete … Continue reading Dissertation Days (15): Three Outta Five Ain’t Bad!
Well, friends, I wasn't quite as productive as I should have been. It was a busy day of meetings and such, and that prevented me from working on what I had intended to. I just need to remind myself that it's okay if I don't meet my goal every single day. Sometimes, it's not going … Continue reading Dissertation Days (10): Bits and Pieces
I went into Ben-Hur with the lowest possible expectations. Critics and audiences alike seemed to disdain the film, and its opening box office was truly abysmal. I was worried that somehow this box office and critical disaster would taint my love for the 1959 version. As sometimes happens, however, the film actually exceeded all of my expectations. … Continue reading Screening History: “Ben-Hur” and the Tragedy of the Might-Have-Been
Today's entry in "Screening History" is John Huston's The Bible: In the Beginning, the last of the truly-great biblical epics that were such a part of the midcentury film landscape. It's very easy to mock the historico-biblical epic. Often, even the most devout of epic films can slip easily into the ridiculous, but somehow this film … Continue reading Screening History: “The Bible: In the Beginning”