Only seven posts of substance last month, but I am proud of them. I thought I'd blow through Kieslowski's Decalogue, but spacing them out has made for a more relaxed and reasoned response. That said, I hope to be done before April is over.
On the academic career front, I have some acceptances but as of now no funding, meaning I'll likely be taking a year off. In many ways this is a good thing: it gives my wife more time to finish her degree; more time for my house to accrue some value before I have to put it on the market; another year of banking real money before taking the huge cut to teach. Yet I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed, that it didn't feel like a step backwards. I have some ideas on how to make myself a better candidate to programs that will probably suit me better next year, so I am confident that I'll land in a better spot eventually, though on a day to day basis this is occasionally hard to remember.
March saw me avoid reading a novel for the first month since, well, before I started keeping a list. I'm still unengaged by literary fiction, though I may take a look at an occasional story or novel w/r/t adaptation studies in the near future. The best book I read was Nonzero by Robert Wright, an application of game theory to cultural and biological evolution. Since I finished this the night before leaving for St. Louis, I haven't written thoughts on it yet, but look for those in the future. Anyway, I read 4 books and 4 graphic novels last month:
- Bomb Power by Garry Wills
- Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels & Karen L. King
- The Return of Depression Economics by Paul Krugman
- Astro City: The Dark Age: Brothers & Other Strangers by Kurt Busiek & Brent Eric Anderson
- Queen & Country: Operation: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka & Steve Rolston
- Rasl: The Drift by Jeff Smith
- Batman: Cacophony by Kevin Smith & Walt Flanagan
- Nonzero by Robert Wright