Soon I have to turn in my report of my summer scholarship justifying my summer research grant. No school I am aware of actually ties summer research grants strictly to what one accomplishes in the summer. Instead, it seems to function as a salary supplement for those actively involved in scholarship throughout the year. But since summer is normally the longest uninterrupted period for writing, I suppose some report of how one used that time isn't a bad idea.
Every year I envision a magnificent uninterrupted vista of prodigious productivity and every year I am disappointed. Exams take longer to grade than I expect , small projects crowd out bigger projects, some how administrative tasks linger on into the summer, etc. This raises the perfectly sensible question of at what point do I actually change my expectations?
Then at some point I write it all down and it doesn't look so bad after all. So for the summer of 2010 it goes something like this. I drafted 5 separate 1,000 word blog entries for Danny Sokol's Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog ranging from stuff about our antitrust institute to a review of David Gerber's new book on international antitrust. I also prepared a two part condensation of an earlier article on Justice Stevens and the Rule of Reason for the FTC Watch newsletter. As always, I did an annual update of my treatise.
But that isn't why deans hand out stipends or what they expect in return. I do have a decent 60 page rough draft on corporate governance and competition policy, a topic that much to my amazement almost nobody writes about. The problem is that I know a lot more about antitrust than corporate governance, so it's been slow going. But if all goes well, I will finish the manuscript by the middle fall, send it out for lots of comments, present it a couple of places, and submit in the February/March cycle. Then I start all over again with a new piece, a new summer, and the unrealistic hope of being more productive and more rested all at the same time.