the procrastination paper

I’ve found a new way of procrastinating.  Basically it’s inventing, and vaguely reasearching, papers that are completely irrelevant to my PhD.  I get all the performance of productivity (hanging out at the library, making notes, sketching out structures and drafts) without any actual output. 

Currently my eye’s being drawn away by the 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival.  I’m wondering if there’s a way to talk about the place-work of stadium tours, the iteration of Americana in MTV and popular constructions of the Soviet Union during the late eighties, without sounding like I’m taking the piss, like this rather wonderful article, which includes lyrical analysis such as:

For tonight I sleep on a bed of nails
I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is

The mixing of different religious traditions – known as syncretism – is a common way of expressing the loss of distinct spiritual meaning afflicting the modern world. Whereas T.S. Eliot took the entire Wasteland to bring together the devotional language of the High Christian Church and the epic language of the Vedas, John Bon Jovi merges Catholicism and Eastern mysticism in a single couplet, and nearly made it rhyme. Think on.”

So, what are your imaginary papers?  Is there anything you’d kind of love to write about but don’t really have the time/inclination/ideas to work on?  Hope I’m not alone on this…


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