Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want […]

Learning the Craft

Some more words and reflections on how things are going with my work, my imagination and this learning. Today is a structure day for the final essay in what I think I’ll look back on as ‘the first three’. The three I’ll have written over these three weeks or so while Christmas and the New […]

When Numbers Get Serious

So far in my University blog posts I’ve been writing about how it feels to be here. How I’m getting on with the culture and work of academic life after many years of doing the practical kinds of activities I usually write about on this blog. But I haven’t written about any of my academic […]

The Rhythm and The Craft

Morning thoughts from eight weeks into my university experience. I’m loving the rhythm of this, the waking early, out while the streets are mostly empty, having a reason to do so. Having many reasons and tending them carefully. I’m starting to write now rather than just prepare for and go to all the lectures. But […]

The Art of Listening

Clocks turned back, the big thing about early mornings now is that they’re lighter. That’s the point of the mass exercise in self-delusion that we do twice a year, isn’t it? (Though I’ve heard rumours some countries are stopping this quaint practice as it ‘interferes with the markets.’ Which will of course never do.) Anyway, […]

The Sociological Imagination

Nearly four weeks into my University of Liverpool Sociology and History studies now, and for the first time sending out a brief blog post from inside the library where I’m spending much of my time. ✹ I’m here in the library mid-afternoon on a Tuesday, having been in and around the university since early this […]