I am sorting through huge piles of library books trying to decide what can be returned, what I'll need soon, what I should take on our trip tomorrow.
I have had some eureka moments relating my theory reading to my past life in city planning, while reading an essay on the history of planning history. Planning is an activity with its own internal tensions: between physical planning (with overtones of environmental determinism) and equity planning; and between economic development (a variation on the "rising tide lifts all boats" routine) and social equity planning.
What I want to read over the next two weeks is something that will really spur creative thinking about what kind of dissertation project I should do. I have gotten too hung up on reading "everything" and have no focus. It frustrates me and I'm sure my committee members as well.
I met with R last Thursday and got my degree program form signed. It was a logistics meeting, nothing more.
When I come back I have to see H and then J. I was hoping to bring a stack of H's stuff to read, but I don't know whether I will have time to make copies of all of it.