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.