Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Quote of the day

"To grab people's attention, you should argue that something we think of as bad is good, or vice versa; that some apparently individual phenomenon is really collective; that several seemingly disparate things are actually part of the same thing."

From this Oliver Burkeman column on interestingness v truth. This definitely holds for the majority of arts PhD theses, in my experience. My own could admittedly be summarised as follows: "Ooh look, here's something that's interesting and allows apparently disparate things to be linked, yet has been overlooked even in two of the most pored-over novels of the twentieth century".

(Thanks to Cat for the link.)

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