Monday, March 12, 2007

Things Without Which a Dissertation Would Not Be Possible, Part I

While I might be a fool to to turn down the promise of banana bread, perhaps KHD is right, and things have gotten a little heavy around here. I hereby resolve to stop being such an Eeyore all the time, and present to you some lighter, less self-pitying fare: Things Without Which a Dissertation Would Not Be Possible. (Let's be forward-thinking and call this Part I.) What you see here are just a few of the many things one needs in order to write a dissertation. A dissertation support crew, if you will:

A laptop cozy. To keep the e-dissertation safe on its way to and from the coffeeshop where it is being written.

Articles from JSTOR. JSTOR's a huge collection of online journal articles that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection. (Like, oh, say, a coffeeshop.) Terribly convenient. It's made trips to the library stacks practically unecessary. I don't think I've set foot in a library in months.

Books. No explanation necessary.

Last week's New Yorker. Because everyone needs diversions.
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Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

I note with interest that the books are on the bottom of this pile, and that they seem very, very small in the frame. And that, in contrast, the New Yorker is on the top of the pile. Almost as if it's what you spend most time reading. . . .

P.G.O.A.T. said...

Yeah, yeah. I spend a lot of time reading the New Yorker. Not gonna deny it. But I'd like to see just how prominent the stack of netflix dvds would be in your analogous photo.