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January 24, 2013



What nobody told me is that it's Life Part 2. Getting a doctorate, being published, getting the job you want, nothing is as big a watershed as this. (Not, needless to say, in a bad way.) I can't remember what I did with my time before, and I can hardly even imagine (weren't we terribly lonely?).

The other thing nobody told me beforehand goes something like Don't freak out. You will freak out, but don't freak out. A friend of mine said that helped, so I thought I'd pass it on.


Oh, and Schutz was ahead of Latour on this one:

"since human beings are born of mothers and not concocted in retorts, the experience of the existence of other human beings and of the meaning of their actions is certainly the first and most original empirical observation man makes"

From... er, Collected Papers vol 1. Noted down when I was a postgrad and hadn't had the memo about referencing.

Ian C

Will - many congratulations to all of you. And it's a very nice article.

Just to get you back in the swing of things, and to back up Ehrenberg, I and my university colleagues were treated yesterday to a talk by a campus apparatchik about Citation Indices and Maximising Our Personal Research Impacts. Everyone in the room was crushed by the relentless conversion of anything resembling academic ethos into metrics of individual and corporate competitiveness. As the talk finished we realised the room had turned into an Iron Cage.
Have a great weekend.

Kevin Harris

Grats Will. Another thing no-one tells you is how your carbon footprint will swell... one small person seemingly accounting for damage comparable to a fleet of trucks...

Anthony Zacharzewski

Congratulations, Will! I think parenthood makes many people who don't/didn't care for politics take more interest in public life and public services, at least at local level.

It both age and parental status, but when you are a parent you are suddenly responsible for a significant user of public services, from birth to uni, probably for the first time.

There is also a shifted social status that comes with parenthood, and perhaps - sad though it is to say it - specifically with fatherhood in the UK today. Ghastly Upper Street Simon thinks the world will take him more seriously as a paterfamilias - and perhaps, a bit, they will.


That is lovely news, please accept my warmest congratulations. And I think Martha is a beautiful name. Enjoy it all, and I as a father of a nine year old little girl, I would say take lots of pictures/videos and sound recordings.

I expect like other regular readers, I kept checking in, hoping for new writing from you. But I supposed you were busy with your day job, and it seemed rude to comment.

I would be interested to know what you thought of Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind" from last year.

Anthony Barnett

All I can say is, nothing beats being a grandparent! Just you wait for 2045 and see.


Congratulations and good luck. I thoroughly enjoyed your insightful post.

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