Of Late Tension and Lost Trainers

“I know that you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”

“I think you can in Europe.”

Chastity & Bianca, 10 Things I Hate About You

How do you know if you’re stressed? Scratch that, of course you’re stressed all the time; it’s 2017 and we breathe stress like oxygen. How do you know if your stress levels are above usual, excessive, prohibitive?

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Conversations with Dead People: On Archives and the Humanities

The past is always tense, the future perfect.

Zadie Smith, White Teeth

I spent this weekend helping my good friend Maeve with a conference of her own devising and orgainisation on Sylvia Plath. It was an enormously edifying experience, not least because it meant I got out of my own eightenth-century headspace for a few days. Continue reading “Conversations with Dead People: On Archives and the Humanities”

Confident Conferences, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking.

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.

Jonathan Swift, Letter to a Young Clergyman

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