The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Procrastination and second-hand books

Just a quick post. I should be doing work, specifically reading 'Orientalism' (for the third time), but I decided on a spot of retail therapy to cheer myself up and just ordered a couple of books (research-related no less!) from It occurred to me that not all of you will know about Abebooks (an online second-hand bookshop/exchange site), and so thought I should blog it! The site is particularly good for tracking down copies of out-of-print and academic books and, for the most part, the American suppliers are cheaper than those based in the UK. I've ordered loads of books through the site in the last couple of years and have never had any cause to complain or be less than satisfied with the service provided (touch wood!). And they're not even paying me to say that! ;)

Other than that exciting interlude, as far as work goes I'm pretty under-motivated being at home. In fact this just about sums my lifestyle up at the moment!


Lena said...

Thank you for this.
It sounds absolutely helpful!

Attic said...

Y'know what's just occured to me? Do the likely environmental 'costs' involved in getting books shipped from the US outweigh the financial savings? Ethical consumerism v. saving a few quid? :S Yet more to feel guilty about...