How to decide what articles to read

How to decide what articles to read

Is someone likely to use it to detonate under me at a conference (‘but surely you know that Bodkins has covered your very argument in her seminal work in the journal of Ipretendtoreadit studies?’)

Am I likely to meet the author and give them a bland ‘loved the article’, and are they the type of person to say, ‘what did you like about it exactly?’

Is it too recent to be written off as outdated, and not recent enough to be ‘provisional findings I can forget about’?

Can I write a contrarian reading that will at last establish me as the unparalleled lone wolf polymath I know myself to be?

Will I look like an idiot if I haven’t read it?

Will I look like a wierdo if I have read it?

Can I hate read it?

Does it finally define ‘habitus’?

Can I crib their bibliography?

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