Hazards of graduate study

This afternoon I did a beta read of a friend’s novelette, immediately on the heels of a stack of articles for class. An article of clothing features prominently in the story, and I am amused to contemplate an analysis of it using Prown’s linear progression from description to speculation, Fleming’s matrix of properties and operations, Montgomery’s connoisseur’s eye, Severa and Horswill’s intuitive analysis, or Steele’s semiotics. I think I will refrain from following this particular train of thought much further. That way lies madness.