A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life

Umberto Eco’s How To Write A Thesis sounds delightful: despite having been published in the late 1970s, long before Microsoft Word, Evernote and the internet, and despite espousing the use of note cards and address books…

the book’s enduring appeal—the reason it might interest someone whose life no longer demands the writing of anything longer than an e-mail—has little to do with the rigors of undergraduate honors requirements. Instead, it’s about what, in Eco’s rhapsodic and often funny book, the thesis represents: a magical process of self-realization, a kind of careful, curious engagement with the world that need not end in one’s early twenties.

via The New Yorker

A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life