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”

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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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