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He Went to the University and Returned



And so I handed in the library bound copy of my thesis and graduation is in May, apparently.

The book in this photo is just my personal copy of the whole the piece of work that I produced over the four years I was in the course, and it is substantially different to the one I handed in. The copy of A Year in the City that I have is thirty thousand words longer, contains a different final chapter, and no longer contains the autobiographical element that I used much more successfully in 26Lies. In short, I have the final copy, and the University Library gets a version a draft or so earlier, which is what I subbed for the doctorate (I always knew I'd have to rip some of the content out--one of the advantages to doing a mosaic novel, I guess). Finding the thesis will be a bit like finding Neanderthal bones for any researcher who wants to write about my work, which is an amazingly fucked up thing to think, but I don't expect that to ever happen. I just can't imagine any other reason why someone would read it.

While I was there I ran into a guy I knew, and who finished his PhD a few years before me. We got to talking about work and, in particular, academic work, and he said, "Yeah, I had one job interview last year."

Don't you wish you had a doctorate?

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angriest
Feb. 19th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
I ran screaming from my doctoral studies when the full ramifications of being known as "Dr Watson" became apparent to me.
benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
well, i'm fortunate that at least i went in just to get four years to write. if i'd been one of those hell bent on academia, i think i would've found a different route. also, you know, if i wanted money.
mattdoyle
Feb. 19th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
hey ben, what's the "m" stand for in B.M Peek? I am really hoping it is something embarrassing like Myron!! hehehe :D
benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
stands for michael. sorry, man, it's all kinds of ordinary :)
drasecretcampus
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
All the best people have M as their middle initial...

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benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
well, i'm not going to disagree...
bodhichitta0
Feb. 19th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
I have to jump on the "M" bandwagon as well. My middle initial is also M.

Michael. I have a killer urge to call you Mikey now. :-p

It looks damn impressive, Dr. Peek. Congratulations again. The doctorate will pay off someday. Like for instance when it looks very nice in your obituary. :-x
benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
i plan to have a really nice obituary, you know? one people will frame.
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benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
thanks--it's most useless as you can see :)
speshal_k
Feb. 19th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
At least it's not poo brown...
exp_err
Feb. 19th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
UNSW lets you choose the colour (at least, it did when I got mine). I got my copy bound in red, the library copy in purple, and my supervisor's copy on green.
speshal_k
Feb. 20th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
At UWA the library copies are made in a colour specific to each Faculty (Engineering = mustard, or poo brown). I could've got my own copy whatever colour I like (and was planning to get it purple to match my honours thesis). I forgot. Is my own fault...
exp_err
Feb. 20th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
My honours thesis was purple, too :) It was only bound in card, though.
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benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
sweet. added you back--where's the name come from?
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benpeek
Feb. 20th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
is it yours?
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benpeek
Feb. 20th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
sweet :)
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