SMU history graduate student Tim Seiter recently wrote an insightful and witty article for INSIDE HIGHER ED discussing what it’s really like to be a PhD student and shares what he’s learned along the way.
To read, click here.
Last week we had a wonderful lunch with the great Alessandra Link (On twitter at @AlessandraLink2). She talked about writing, learning to write, writing well, and cherishing writing.
Here is a list of the great books she recommended
- Aaron Sachs, “Letters to a Tenured Historian: Imagining History as Creative Nonfiction–or Maybe Even Poetry,” Rethinking History 14:1 (2010)
- with responses from other historians:
- Jeffery Wasserstrom, “A letter from an Emeritus Historian, c. 2049″
- Kate Brown, “Three Letters from to a Junior Colleague“
- Jenny Price, “A Letter from a Lapsed Colleague“
- Anne Dillard, The Writing Life
- Dani Shapiro, Still Writing (a personal favorite)
- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
- John McPhee, Draft No. 4
- Stephen King, On Writing
- Zadie Smith interview