Things I’ve Learned in Grad School

Things I’ve Learned in Grad School

  • There’s never time to blog.
  • True academics use words like “reify” and “problematic.”
  • A frozen chicken breast can be completely cooked in a George Foreman grill in about 8 minutes.
  • Home improvement costs more than you think.
  • Items on craigslist cost less than you think.
  • Life feels pretty complete doing little more than eating, sleeping, reading, and thinking.
  • Moving away from frozen meals is tough.
  • The life of eating, sleeping, reading, and thinking can get quite lonely at times.
  • It’s true that you can’t take the country out of the boy. The people are the same wherever you go, but the air and sunsets are not.
  • We are all tempted by myopic living.
  • Even good books go out of print.
  • When they do, they’re expensive.
  • Very expensive.
  • Cast iron is by far the best cookware.
  • It’s ok to be the second or third (or 23rd) smartest person in the room.
  • Civilization should have never left the warmer climates.
  • Like Eskimos Inuits and seals, Chicago has different names for different cold weather patterns.
  • I don’t miss my car.
  • Erasing is one of the joys of writing.