S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

On the need for more bookshelf space

The longer I work on my dissertation, the more I discover that I need to know about a very great deal indeed in order to become an expert on a very small topic. Everything's relevant. History of medicine, modern time/motion/efficiency studies, Greek romances, eighteenth century novels, ancient gods and goddesses, political idealism, painting techniques, construction techniques, writing techniques, anachronisms, folklore, and shopping all tell me useful things about my dissertation topic. When I commited to this topic three years ago, I wouldn't have thought any of them would be relevant.

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