Over the past few months, I've been working on figuring out (1) how to craft a dissertation that is approximately readable and (2) how to devise a pitch to sell my work to folks when I hit the job market next year.
One attempted solution has been to sprinkle into the writing connections between the fairly unknown protagonists of my tale of interwar anticolonialism and some more widely-recognized figures with whom they came into contact. But recently, a couple of friends have pointed out that my sense of "more widely-known" might need some calibration.
procrastinate ask my wonderful blog readers to take a poll and tell their friends to hop over here and take this poll, so I can get a better idea of who is who and how to pitch.
Now, this isn't a shame-game. I know that most of the people and terms listed below are a little obscure. I'm just trying to get a sense of how obscure they are and which ones might work as good hooks for the reader.
Like all polls, the more people who take it, the more indicative the results will be of broader trends. I also think it would help if non-regular readers of this blog take it, assuming MTBE readers are a self-selecting group of people who either know me or are interested in things I write about.
So tell your friends, send out an email, post a link on your blog... Please, help me figure out how rarefied my work's become! (If you don't want to direct them to this post, they can also take the poll here.)
But first, before you tell everyone, take it yourself.