Dissertation Update

So far, what I have that I like: 12 pages, about 3000 words (without footnotes). That doesn’t sound like a lot, but consider: that’s commentary on less than 4 pages of a 150 page book.

I think that gives you an idea how dense this thing has become, and why I am never terribly eager to talk about it.

I will be putting excerpts up as soon as I edit and get the footnotes in order. Right now I’d like to finish a ton more, and I have notes galore just waiting to be typed up and turned into dissertation.

If any of you knows a publisher willing to take a chance on a commentary on Xenophon’s Memorabilia, let me know. For all this work – I mean, this thing is going to be mammoth in a few more days – I think getting this thing out in book form to a larger audience is necessitated. I am making sense of what is an incredibly difficult text, I think.


  1. It’s been a while since I dropped by this place. In response to the comment you left on my diary — you’re welcome to post a link to that particular diary. It’s probably, from a literary (or even artistic) standpoint, a very disappointing blog, indeed, but sure — have at it!

  2. Oh, sorry to clog up your comments with post scripts, but:

    P.S. — I’d appreciate it very much if you’d take the link down from that pirate thing. I haven’t updated it in eons, and am about to remove it from the servers.

  3. Hopefully. I’m really uninspired, now, though, and have been for a million days. All that crap on my dA is really old and unskillfully created. I’m getting ready to get rid of everything and start from scratch. Time is a scarce luxury — I have exams, soon, on a college level, with the clumsiest, most thoughtless teacher I have ever been cursed enough to meet.

    Thanks for asking! :)

    Your writing seems to be going well. A lot of it is over my head, as usual, but it’s very… I don’t know — eloquent? I like the way you arrange your words. They sound lovely, even if I don’t understand them.

  4. World history. That sounds incredibly silly and incompetent of me, but when you have to teach yourself several millenniums, BCE and CE included, of random, rather unimportant historical facts (which may or may not actually be true, or even covered on the exam, for that matter) — believe you, me, it is the most difficult task to perform.

    Thanks for the offer! I’m supposed to be going to the library to study all day tomorrow.

    As for yourself, are you still in grad school?

  5. I’m sorry for complaining. I’m really good at that, though. If ever they invent and Olympic sport that involves griping and whining, you’ll see my name in lights.

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