One weird thing about ancient/medieval historians is their fear of reading too deeply into literary analogy, metonymy, metaphor, etc., even though we know that those were the main modes of thought of the people we study.


Got a review back recently saying that a certain ascetic source and a hagiographic source aren't thematically connected, because the latter "is clearly about jewelry." Ok, then what is the "most precious pearl" mentioned over and over and over all about?

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@Academicats Sometimes you just have to talk about how much you love jewelry.
Reviewers are really frustrating when it comes to how often they want to play it as safe as possible.

@Cyborgneticz Yeah, and (un)fortunately, the point about reading literary sources for historical significance is kind of my entire schtick as a scholar. Un in parentheses because for the most part it's been received well. The review in question was a revise and resubmit.

@Academicats Ever thought of going book route and maybe having to deal with less of that bullshit

@Cyborgneticz Under contract as of last month. 😁 I really need to get my ass into gear on that.

Sorry, I feel like this turned into a humblebrag. Things are indeed going well, and I acknowledge that I owe that as much to luck as anything else in this environment.

@Academicats Brag away! If you don't brag who will.

I personally think we gotta rethink bragging. Just mentioning you got a book deal after I asked if you thought of one isn't bragging. Plus! I mention my book shit all the time lmao so I'm in no place to judge. I'm a bragging apologist.

@Academicats I feel like fediverse is very pro-bragging, which is something I love on here.
And also praising people? I feel like I get and give a lot of genuine compliments on here, and it's lovely cause there's no reason for it - like you aren't getting clout for pointing out how amazing your friend is at something. It's lovely.

@Cyborgneticz I have a theory that the federated structure tends to filter out negative/low quality posts from the timeline, i.e. you only see your own, self-selected instance (so, lots of positivity) and posts that managed to break out of other instances (so, more likely positive). So far it seems to maintain a good balance of gatekeeping and promoting engagement.

@Academicats I like the structure a lot! I was never on twitter (first cause I was a hipster high schooler snob when it came out, and then I just never made an account cause meh) so I can only compare it to like...facebook which isn't similar at all

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