I’m attempting to finish my dissertation by the end of the month because I have approximately 22,000 words of other academic hell to wade through before I finish at the beginning of May. After that, I might finally stop talking about academia and my content will continue its spiral from actual despair into slow and steady mundanity. But until that point, I need music I can’t sing along to/weep-at-the-pure-angst-of-the-lyrics-I’m-looking-at-you-2006-bon-iver to. So of course I took, yet again, to twitter and this is what they came up with.
Here are nine or so songs to study with, write with, think with, cry with, relax with, & breathe with. It is very important to remember to breathe.
Sometimes I get stuck. Working on interrelated, (insofar as everything is is interrelated), but somehow disparate things during my degree, I often wind up spreading myself thin, like Marmite over the toast of documentary film, inhabitations, cohabitations, feminisms, trauma, material cultures, waste and so very much critical theory. In these moments, I often turn to twitter as an opening up or, to use academic-speak ‘as a way into’ a topic, as a reminder of all the things you miss while attempting to write all of the things all of the time.
This week, after compiling a short list of women filmmakers for whom landscape as their primary subject matter, I turned to twitter to find what I was missing, and twitter did not disappoint. But because I do this so regularly, and because I am usually in the bath at the time of asking, I rarely have any means of compiling this information before my helpful friends are relegated to the grubby underworld of the ‘More Tweets’ button. So here is my first instalment of
Shit Twitter Helped Me Do Twitter Mixtape, a compilation of all my helpful friend’s suggestions.