Hey, look! The MLA has finally admitted that it is the 21st century:
Trying to figure out the proper way to reference/ cite a film still within the body of my thesis. The MLA Handbook implies you include it in the body of the text: “Place tables and illustrations as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they relate” (118). Whereas the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing frankly states that “[i]llustrative visual materials should not be imbedded in the text files or the manuscript” (150). Also, there is no mention about spacing of the caption, spacing around the illustration, or citing it within the body text in either source.
And THIS is why I find the MLA style antiquated and frustrating.
I just want to have an image from a film and say, “LOOK. LOOK AT THIS HERE. NOW I DISSECT THIS IMAGE. SEE? DO YOU SEE?” It shouldn’t be this damn hard.
Have you seen this?
You can pry my Oxford comma from my cold, dead, limp hands.
That second comma inserts the pause that the brain needs to properly serialize items in thought; it is the cool, calming, serene oasis between this, that, and the other. I will never give up! I will never surrender!
(I realize this is University of Oxford and not Oxford University press. But still.)
I just submitted my first contribution to a scholarly book, a week early no less.
Which, knowing me, probably means it is rife with errors…
I have a “paper writing hoodie”:
I bought it probably 10 years ago, on the sale rack at Old Navy, for $1.50.
I don’t think of myself as superstitious or overly given to habit, but if I am writing a paper, I almost assuredly have this hoodie on. And this hoodie, after all these years, is not something you leave the house in either–which perhaps explains my unproductive sessions in my grad student library carrel?
And yes, that I am currently wearing it means posting this is a procrastination break. Thank you for noticing.