The Swamp of Despair: A Spreadsheet
Here's how to organize 26,860 pages of PhD reading
The best and worst part of getting a PhD in English literature is the 18 months of nonstop, full-time reading you'll do in advance of your comprehensive exams. I called it the Swamp of Despair. The Slough of Despond. We're talking tens of thousands of pages. I know because I counted.