Sunday Book-Thought 137

In the case of deluxe printings, the irony is that, for obvious technical reasons, notice of these printings (‘proof of printing’) is printed in all copies, including the ordinary ones that are not in any way affected by it. But it does not follow that readers of these ordinary copies have no interest in the notice, for to them it is a piece of bibliographical information like any other, and perhaps the occasion for regret – and the thought of their regret can only increase the pleasure of the privileged few. For it is not enough to be happy; one must also be envied.
Gérard Genette, Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation, trans. by Jane E. Lewin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), p. 36.

Dissertation Diary: Stuck in the Home Stretch

Well, folks, the dissertation is due in two weeks from today. I am ready. I am ready. I am ready.

Seriously, I am flipping ready. The content’s all there, and I just keep re-reading what I’ve written, trying to find more words to cut and more things to clarify.

Editing seems to be the toughest part. Staring at the words you’ve written, hour after hour, day after day – it gets exhausting. You start to doubt yourself. What if this makes sense to me, but not the reader? What if there’s a huge gap that I’m not noticing? What if the marker doesn’t like my use of ‘ibid’?

I am stuck in the home stretch, but it’s helping me produce my best piece of academic writing yet.