Not the kind that you put at the end of papers, no. The kind that you have to come up with out of your (beep) to support a grant application.
No, I don’t know which books will be useful to me yet. No, I haven’t read everything in my old field of study, let alone in one I JUST BARELY chose to follow. Even though my proposal sounds awesome and all, I really have no idea what I’m talking about… well I know a little, but not as much as I pretend I do. The art of bullshitting, they say, is necessary to any successful academic career.
Yet, I have up to 5 pages to put a list of books that are supposedly necessary for my research. I don’t really know what they are. I’m just skimming in those few books I HAVE read (or the bits of them) or that I know about, and copy any book whose title seems remotely relevant to my topic.
After two hours of doing that yesterday, I was upset that my carrel is in the basement of the library; I would gladly have thrown myself out the window had it been higher.