The termites in our basement apartment were in some kind of spring swarm mode. The winged ant-like bugs would fly around, bang into things (including my head), fall to the ground, mill around a bit and then fly into something else. The hum of the computer fan and the sound of termites pinging into the bare lightbulb and thudding onto one of the stacks of books on the floor were a soothing influence as I wrote.
I finished the thesis, defended it and got a job completely unrelated to my studies.
Experience over the years has taught me to keep my answers short when people ask what my thesis is about. I guess people who are interested in 15th century allegorical dream poetry just don't run in my circles. But they are out there, and the internet knows who they are.
Millions of dollars have been invested in companies on the "Long Tail" theory that with so many people using the internet, there's bound to be someone interested in just about anything and that a broad collection of niche items that could never succeed in a strip mall could be wildly successful on the web.
So, last month I cast my thesis upon the waters of the internet, in part to test this theory, but mostly for fun. I've planned to do it for years, but just haven't had the time. I haven't even looked at the thesis since 2000, and as I converted the files from their archaic WordPerfect format to something I could use, it felt a little like blowing dust off some ancient artifact.
A month on the internet has given Google and other search engines time to find and index my gift to the world. So far, it's not getting enough traffic to cover the ten million I raised in venture capital, but there seem to be a few people out there who are interested in 15th century allegory. Here are some of the search terms that have led people to my thesis from 8 states and 5 countries:
- allegory microcosm
- examples of medieval allegorical poem
- j. lydgate assembly of gods
- medieval dream poetry
- the summons of death on the english stage
- visual representations of allegories
I'll try to keep you posted as the traffic continues to pour in.