Just finished reading David. B. Dillard-Wright’s book, Ark of the Possible for a book review I am doing. I will not provide my actual review here, though I liked the book a lot (spoiler alert?). Check out “Society & Animals” soon for the review if you are so inclined, though it requires a subscription to the journal or library access… certainly a problem for the lay person interested in academic writing, which, obviously then, is not for lay people… why do we do this exactly?
Anyway, this is more a matter of reading. It took me a little while to get through the book, mostly because the beginning of a semester and teaching a whole new course have taken up a lot of time… but, I often wonder, how much do people read as PhD students? I have about 4 books I’m at least part of the way through at the moment (and admittedly I very rarely get to them), I read a few articles a week, I read everything for the course I’m teaching at some point during the week… still, it doesn’t seem like nearly enough. During the fellowship this summer I read a LOT, took a lot of careful reading notes, etc. But this is difficult in my day-to-day life. I wonder how much time to really devote just to reading rather than writing, transcribing, eating, digesting, walking the dog, breathing, etc. I am curious about this.