Seven+ years after leaving graduate school, I finally cleaned out binders filled with articles from class and independent research. Into the recycling bin went hundreds of articles on linguistic-y topics: everything from case studies of bilingual children to descriptions of phonological processes to meta-analyses of English language programs. In other words, all of this stuff that was genuinely fascinating, that I spent two years of my life delving into, I have not once touched since. As much as I love thinking about language, language learning, educational policy, constructions of culture, repercussions of tests--I just haven't reread any of it since then, and now all of it is pretty dated.
It's amazing how you can become so immersed in something that quickly gets superseded by the rest of life. You devote hours and hours of concentrated attention--and then it fades into the background. Thus went trumpet-playing, mathematics, Latin, Chinese. What next?