Two recent trains of thought:
- If you had the time, money, and leisure to go for another degree, or at least take enough courses to become reasonably informed about something you're interested in, what would you study? Me, I'd have a hard time deciding where to start: music theory and musicology, or geography with a digital-humanities focus, or anthropology, or classics (my old undergraduate first love), or bibliography and textual studies and book history, or urban planning, or psychology, or computer science, or, or, or... So many things to learn, so little time in one life span. I don't know how I ever thought I could be a specialist in one and only one field. How about you?
- On a related note: One of the great, freeing things about not being a tenure-track faculty member is getting to indulge one's Renaissance-person tendencies. On the other hand, one of the drawbacks of not being a tenure-track faculty member is not having structures in place to motivate one to actually carry out a project to its finish instead of getting distracted by the next bright shiny topic. Today I tried to draw a concept map of all my current interests, and came to the conclusion that, while they're all interconnected in a dozen different ways, there are altogether too many potential projects to work on at once, and I'm having a hard time making myself choose one and stick with it. Fellow Renaissance people, how do you cope with Intellectual Magpie Syndrome?