It’s an interesting article by Brian Dillon, reviewing Umberto Eco’s book “How to Write A Thesis”.

Since it’s been a series of “How Not To Do Your Thesis” in my case, —hey! maybe I can write a book about that!— the mere title of this article sent goosebumps. I clicked it though et voila! There’s an explanation for my condition (symptoms like goosebumps, itches, and cold sweat plaguing whenever the word thesis is heard):

[…] “thesis neurosis” that afflicts the type […] who “uses his thesis as an alibi to avoid other challenges in his life”.

Maybe I should put thesis neuroticism on my medical history.

Now, now… get on with it, lass!

 

Note: The title link has been edited to reflect the title currently displayed on theguardian.com. Previously, it read How to Write a Thesis by Umberto Eco review – a schemer’s dream.