Hello, Tumblr!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I’ve missed you, and hopefully you’ve missed me, but I think it was healthy for us to spend some time apart.  

Anyhow, now I’ve finished first semester of senior year, had some time to become mentally stable after finals (well, “mentally stable” is a strong phrase… maybe safer to go with “slightly less unstable”?), and am getting anxiously excited to start 2013.  It’s going to be quite a year, in which I will (presumably) graduate from college and (hopefully) find some sort of gainful employment in order to (reluctantly) enter “real person”-hood.

But that’s all a ways off, so, College, as Ke$ha would say, “let’s make the most of the night like we’re going to die young.”  (“Die” clearly meaning “graduate,” and “young” meaning “in just under five months.”  This song is about meeee!)  Second semester, bring it on.  I’m coming for you.

We’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Rejected Thesis Titles programming tomorrow, with a very special post about my favorite “Damn you, academics!” moment of 2012.  Until then, hope your 2013 gets off to a great start!


Loyal readers might have noticed that, over the past few weeks, a lot of the structural principles of this blog - Tuesdays for guest submissions, Fridays for non-classics/lit posts, etc. - have fallen apart.  I want to assure everyone that this is deliberate… as time has gone on, I’ve become less concerned with keeping the blog tightly structured and am more content now to post however I’m so inclined for the day.  This is one way of transitioning from the summer, when time is relatively plentiful, into the school year, when… well, you know… there is thesis to write [whimper].

I plan to keep this blog going as long as I have the ability and inclination to, but here’s a heads up right now: in a few weeks, posts may not come daily.  I just want everyone to lower their expectations appropriately so that we’re all on the same page and there are no hurt feelings later - I love you all out there in Tumblr-land, but I also finishing my homework with time left to sleep, so it’s a tough one.  Anyway, we’ll see how things develop.

In the meantime, in lieu of a thesis title for today, I want to leave you with one of the greatest things I’ve read on tumblr of late - a musing on Aquaman and liminality (one of the best theoretical concepts EVER) posted by reader nick-cave.  See you all next week!


A few days ago, reader imaginedcities replied to my commemorative 50th thesis post, asking if I had made any progress on coming up with real ideas for my actual thesis.  After spending the last few days trying to figure out how to reply to a reply to one of my own posts with no success, I figured I’d write this short update on my progress for all those of you who have become emotionally invested over the last few months.

So, do I have any ideas?  Yes.  Generally, I will say that they involve classical mythology and modern children’s literature.  Beyond that, everything is still a jumbled mass of undeveloped stuff that makes some sense in my head but would be incoherent here, so I’ll spare you a more detailed description.  But rest assured, when I have settled on a real topic, I’ll let you all know - and hopefully you’ll be able to tell it apart from the rejected ones!

Have a nice weekend, everyone.


As I was getting ready to write today’s post (which will be delayed til tomorrow in order to allow this momentous occasion to be properly observed), I noticed that I’ve now posted 50 rejected thesis titles.  50!  That’s a lot.  If I were to put this much effort into developing ideas for my actual thesis, I would be SO set.

Granted, the two are very different.  For example, real thesis doesn’t offer as many opportunities for pop culture references, sarcasm, and mockery of canonical texts as this blog does (hmm, sounds like I just challenged myself on that one).  Also, it’s much more fun coming up with thesis ideas that aren’t being evaluated for those things we call “grades,” but rather consideration for these fun, positive internet forms of feedback known as “likes” and “reblogs.”

But much as real thesis and thesis blog are different, they are also similar in some ways too!  For example, it takes a lot of research to figure out what are good topics to investigate/make fun of.  And both have the potential to keep me from sleeping if the work that has to get done before tomorrow just isn’t getting done (nobody warned me that doing a weekday-daily blog would be so demanding!!).

In any event, it’s been a fun 50 days for me, full of interesting discoveries, sudden revelations, stimulating intellectual discourse, late nights spent browsing the Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory in addition to random YouTube videos for inspiration, and so on.  I’m glad to have shared it with you all, and I’m looking forward to more - thanks so much for reading (and thereby validating my procrastinative effort, of course), and I’ll see you tomorrow!


Hey all,

I apologize for not having a post ready for today, and you can point the finger of blame squarely in the face of the Supreme Court.  You see, I’ve been visiting Washington DC this last weekend, and for those of you who don’t know, DC is currently the victim of a massive power outage being visited upon the city as divine retribution for the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare (yes, someone actually said this — and just after I said I was surprised I hadn’t heard anyone say it yet, and was just starting to have faith in humanity… that was my mistake).

Anyway, without power or internet, I was helplessly unable to get anything online for today.  So let’s just hit the reset button on this week and get started the right way tomorrow - I’ll see you then!

And again, Supreme Court of the United States, you’ve got some nerve.  Maybe next time you’ll stop for a second and think of the people you’re affecting with your “judicial process,” if that is its real name.

To all my readers without power, good luck and hope it comes back on soon!  Also, you probably should be saving your phone/laptop battery or internet cafe minutes or whatever for better uses than reading my blog, so… you know… think about your choices.



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Hi everyone!  Hope you’ve been enjoying this first week of Rejected Thesis Titles - I know I certainly have.  As you’ve been reading, you’ve probably noticed that I have some interests that show through what I’ve been posting (mainly in canonical literature and “the detritus of popular culture” — which is to say: crap).  But this blog is for everyone, so even though it’s not entirely useful for coming up with my own thesis topic, I want to be sure it spends a good amount of time proposing unhelpful contributions to fields besides my own.

Of course, one way for this to happen is for you to help out by submitting your own rejected thesis topic at the submit link!  All are welcome to contribute, regardless of academic status and interests.  

But, submissions plug over, I’ve got another idea. Introducing… Fantasy Field Friday!  This is a special series where, once a week, I’ll be sure to choose a field in which I have little to no experience and nonetheless proceed to propose a topic in it.  Think of this as a thought experiment, a trial run in interdisciplinary collaboration, a thinly veiled attempt to not run out of Lit posts, or whatever.  I’m excited either way.

And so, for today, we dive into the world of Astronomy, where I would probably not end up writing the following thesis (even though I’d secretly want to):

No, This Argument Is Not Over: Real Talk about Pluto and Planethood

It’s worth noting that this thesis would inevitably go on a lengthy tangent about how ridiculous it is that they renamed a bunch of the dinosaurs, which is a major part of why  this thesis topic should get rejected.  Ah well, Pluto, you’ll always be a planet in my mind - I’m just that bad at coping with change.

And with that, everybody, I wish you all great weekends.  I’m not sure yet whether this blog should be a Monday through Friday kind of thing or if it’s going to go all week, so this week I’m going to try waiting til Monday for more - see you then!


Hey everyone!  I’m Jacob, a rising college senior.  Next year, I’m going to have to write a thesis (dealing with some issue in the Latin and English literary traditions, to get specific) in order to graduate, which I would very much like to do.  Only problem is: I’m not at all sure what I want to write about.  Early attempts at brainstorming were unsuccessful, to say the least, and heading into the summer, I was growing concerned.

But then I realized that maybe, just maybe, the exercise of coming up with bad thesis ideas might provide an opportunity for a magically generative error that will provide sudden enlightenment and make sense of everything.  And even if that didn’t happen, it would probably still be at least mildly amusing.  Thus, the idea for this blog (tumblr? is there a difference?) was conceived.

So, here you will find my “attempts” at brainstorming.  Join me on this exciting journey - and, of course, feel free to ask questions and submit your own rejected thesis titles too (links to that should be on the sidebar).  Enjoy!

P.S. — First real post coming tomorrow - get pumped.