"A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that “great wits have short memories:” and whereas, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort, is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day’s reading or conversation." - Jonathan Swift, "A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet"

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Being done

1 year and 160 pages later, my thesis is done, and my undergraduate studies are nearing a close. Alarmingly quickly. I'm not quite sure what to write about this, as I'm still in the fog of accumulated exhaustion, and I still have two papers and two presentations to get through before I'm really truly done. But the thing that seemed to order my entire life has suddenly slipped away, leaving...what behind?

Not quite freedom. A feeling of pride, yes, and of accomplishment. The certainty that I've learned a lot. The hope that other people appreciate the product as much as I appreciated the process.

I tried weighing my bound copy, and the scale wouldn't even register it. Such a little thing.

It's easier to write about other people's creations than your own.


  1. Congratulations on finishing your thesis, what an achievement! Cinematic adaptions of fairy tales actually sounds like an really interesting topic (which cannot be said for most thesis topics!). Thanks for following my blog, I've returned the favour and I'm looking forward to getting into your archives and reading some interesting book and film reviews

    1. Thanks! And thank you for following back! I actually came across your blog when I was google-searching one of the films I analyzed in my thesis, "La Belle endormie" by Catherine Breillat, and got linked to your review of the film. I was so pleased to find by chance a blog that shares many of my interests!