Around the Webs of Significance

Around the Web is back and, with a nod to one of the most writerly of anthropological writers, this week’s column is dedicated to putting pen to paper. To the links!

The writing process

Teaching writing

Words of affirmation

  • A little coaching from the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog lifted my spirits. It’s a quickly little ditty on what you really need to write. All the time I tell myself I need childcare to write or at least peace and quiet, but look I’m writing this while my third child lies next to me on the couch smashing her foot into my face, demanding “Can I ha’ more?”
  • Got writer’s block? You’re closer to creativty than you think! Read: How to have ideas.


Writing for a broad audience

In memoriam

Got some tips on why a raven is like a writing desk? Send ’em to me at mdthomps AT

Matt Thompson is adjunct assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University and a student in the School of Information Science at the University of Tennessee. He was once cast as a soldier in Andrew Jackson's army in a theatrical production on an Indian reservation.

2 thoughts on “Around the Webs of Significance

  1. Walter Benjamin, “One Way Street” in Reflections (80)

    Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable.

  2. Sort of surprising to find no collection of blogs or interviews with anthropologists now in Egypt or working on Egypt. I keep waiting to hear anthropologists talking about Egypt on NPR and CNN, I guess they need to keep quiet if Mubarak stays and they ever expect to work there again.

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