|Friday, November 20, 2009|
|Panel 1: Barbara is sitting on a hard chair at her Ph.D. thesis defence. Her committee is ranged before her, off panel.|
Panelist: Barbara, why don't you tell us a little bit about your thesis?
Barbara: My thesis explores the parodic aspects of Satan in John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Panel 3: A pause.
Panelist: Why don't you tell us a little bit more about your thesis?
Barbara: Didn't read it, huh?
Alt-Text: If you think everyone in the room with you at your defence (with the obvious exception of the Chair) will have read your thesis, you are probably a weeny bit delusional.