Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Self-Deluded Writer

Screw It

“The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not.  

“I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing dirt away from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver.”

—Amy Poehler, actress, director and author, in Rachel Toor’s “Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2, 2015 

Editorial Comment: In the fourth year of my doctoral program, I realized that I was no scholar. I don’t think I was alone in that. Most of us learned to use a single research tool, and then applied it like a ball peen hammer to every research problem. The True Value School of Social Science Research. Screwdrivers are good tools, too.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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