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My name is Justin, and I am an English major at Princeton. This is my blog.

I am tempted to call this my ‘first’ blog, but that smacks to me of a certain presumption about my generation and the inevitable domination of blog culture, while making me feel like I am jumping on a bandwagon. So, at least for now, it is ‘my blog.’

One use for this space will be to record thoughts and explore ideas for my senior thesis, a project I will be researching and writing over the coming year. These posts will undoubtedly be somewhat serious and arcane, and for that I apologize in advance.

Another, somewhat more elliptical, goal of this blog is my interest in tracking how the research and writing process of an academic paper can—or cannot—be facilitated or furthered through the Internet and its related tools.

I will also try to post things that interest me, whether they are quotations, clips, news articles or other ephemera.

This brings me to the title of the blog, which I have titled (e)phemera for three main reasons:

a) “There is a high magic to low puns” (The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon)
b) There is something ephemeral about blogs, blog posts, and internet culture
c) There is something wonderfully (yet frustratingly) ephemeral about research and writing

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  1. February 17, 2011 11:00 am


    Thanks for mentioning (and linking to) my work. Appreciate it.

    I’d like to put you on my mailing list for Rethinking Nuclear Weapons. If you’re interested send me an email.



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