is indeed an interminable and exhausting process. I’ve effectively been working on his since my first round of graduate school applications in 2002.
It will be at least another year-and-a-half until the whole thing is settled. Basically a decade, give or take. By the time I’m done I’ll have spent more than two decades of my life as a college student. If all goes according to plan, I’ll then get a job on a college campus somewhere (more permanent and predictable than he ones I already have).
No wonder academics have a tendency to become disconnected from the general population. To succeed as an academic is essentially to crawl inside a bubble as a very young person with the intention of staying there for the duration of your life in every facet of it.
There must be a better way to organize the social production of knowledge.
— Posted from my iPhone