Questions I Have Asked Myself While Writing My Thesis

Why do I feel compelled to use full names in the first mention of women, but not men? BECAUSE PATRIARCHY.

Should I cite Foucault just to call him out for his inaccurate use of skeining as a metaphor for entanglement? YES. ALSO LATOUR.

How can all these otherwise very smart philosopher dudes think it’s ok to use weaving terminology when they clearly don’t actually know how to weave? BECAUSE PATRIARCHY.

Although grammatically correct, does this sentence, with its qualifiers, subordinate clauses, and three or more items in a list, perhaps contain too many commas? PERHAPS.

Should I switch to decaf? NOT JUST YET. MAYBE GREEN TEA THOUGH.

What if my committee asks me to explain what a “flat ontology” is? LET’S JUST CHECK FACEBOOK REAL QUICK IN CASE THERE ARE ANY NEW PANDA VIDEOS.

On “Divers,” when Joanna Newsom sings, “recall the word you gave,” how brilliant is it that she can mean it both as “remember” and “take back”? VERY BRILLIANT.

Joanna Newsom sometimes mentions looms in her lyrics. Do you suppose she knows how to weave? DEFINITELY. ANYWAY SHE PLAYS THE HARP WHICH IS BASICALLY THE SAME THING. LET’S GO PULL THE RG VEDA OFF THE SHELF AND FLIP THROUGH LOOKING FOR REFERENCES TO WEAVING SONG, JUST IN CASE WE MISSED SOME BEFORE. ALSO WE SHOULD TRY AND SEE IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT THE SANSKRIT, BECAUSE THOSE TRANSLATORS DEFINITELY DID NOT KNOW HOW TO WEAVE.

If I quote somebody who uses British spelling, like “valorising,” and then I want to use that term again outside of the quote, do I have to keep using their silly spelling? Or should I change the spelling in the quote, like, “valori[z]ing,” or does that make me look more pretentiously pomo than I really want to be? HM, THAT’S A TOUGH ONE.

Is there too much alliteration? PROBABLY. How can I get rid of alliteration when I have to write about flinging fleeces so they retain the shape of the sheep? YOU CAN’T. JUST ROLL WITH IT.

Should I change out of my pajamas? IT IS NOT EVEN NOON FOR ANOTHER 32 MINUTES YET.

Why can’t the subtitle be “Breaking Binaries Left and Right”? BECAUSE PATRIARCHY? OR MAYBE BECAUSE EUROMODERNITY.

Should I have put the question mark inside the quotation mark there? NO, I THINK THE BRITS HAVE GOT IT RIGHT ON THAT COUNT.

#gradschoolisgoingwellthanksforasking

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