Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Nerd History: Denis Wood and his Strange Dissertation

I honestly don't have a ton to say about I Don't Want To But I Will, Denis Wood's 1973 dissertatation via Clark University (my wife's alma mater). While there is a ton of borderline-crazy stuff in the acknowledgments in particular, the whole thing is a strange, almost avant garde approach to his work here, and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Wood went on to do some work for maps, having a number of books published as well as being featured on This American Life, but it's really his dissertation that fascinated me the most.

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