to the endless literature review.

I don’t know if it works this way for other researchers, but I could search and read for day.  At some point however it becomes an exercise in futility as the mind can only hold so many details.

As a result I attempt to write as I read, even if it means pulling out quotes only.  The key is something to remind me later WHY I bothered to read the book in the first place .

This one, for example, covers the same terrain in a similar period, so I explored the types of arguments made.
Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles By Daniel Widener

It also confirmed my commitment to try to get the book I’m writing published by Duke.

UPDATE managed to write a whole 646 words in ummm 5-ish hours.  SIGH