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Author Archives: Dave McLaughlin

Uncovering The Sherlockian Atlas

“Let’s see if he can figure out which way to go”, chuckled Steve behind me, as I emerged from the stairwell and tried to walk into a cupboard. He was addressing … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dead Authors

In October, before I left the UK for my fellowship at the Kluge Center, my supervisor and I were discussing the idea of character afterlives. This topic of conversation came … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Clueless in the Kluge (that’s ‘Kloo-gee’ to you, sunshine)

Usually I hate working in an office. The feeling of having to be somewhere each and every day, having to start work at a certain time and stop (or ‘stop’) … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

“It’s all the same stuff as before, isn’t it?” – Conference Season: Part 4

A few months ago I began a series on being a fresh PhDer at academic conferences. In this, the fourth post, I want to talk about my experience of turning my MA … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Borderland

China Miéville’s novel The City and The City explores the idea that to live in an urban space is to live in a land made up of borders. His does this through … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Our Instant Gratification Problem

Originally posted on Longreads:
Our march from one level of gratification to the next has imposed huge costs—most recently in a credit binge that nearly sank the global economy. But…

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The English Common Reader

Inspired by History Womble’s recent blog post, providing a brief glimpse into his reasons for choosing his own top 10 books, having been nominated I thought I should do the … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Modern Folk Hero?

Yesterday, August 31st 2014, as I have been informed by a stream of posts on my facebook newsfeed, 443 people gathered in Temple Newsom, in Leeds, in an attempt to break … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

‘Walking the Walk’ – Conference Season: Part Three

This is Part Three in a series on being presenting at conferences as a first-year PhD student. You can read the other sections, Part One on finding a conference (and … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘I Can’t Think of a Better Title Right Now’ – Conference Season: Part Two

This is the second part in what will probably be a long-ish series on my recent experiences as a first-year PhD student in the world of academic conferences. In the … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment