My fondness for Chris Tilling’s scholarship is well documented (see here, here, here, and here) and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a post from Chris announcing that he’s picked a publisher for his thesis and it will be available sometime in the not-too-distant future. Chris has been dragging his feet with that post and even when it does appear I’m sure it will be in some ridiculously expensive German-titled monograph series and as such will be too much for me to purchase. There’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to procure a review copy and I’m sure that Chris, regardless of my badgering, will have his complimentary copies reserved for close friends and family.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s been wonderful having a copy of Chris’ thesis on my computer, but there are times when I don’t have my computer with me that I’d like to read or reference Chris’ work. So the opportunity presented itself for me to print the entire thing out (nearly 300 pages!) and I took it. I then took the printed product to Staples to have it bound. Unfortunately they didn’t have anything big enough to house it all under one cover so I split it into 3 parts: Front matter—chapter 3; chapters 4 & 5; chapter 6—back matter. The result is what you see pictured below (pardon the poor quality of the picture; my phone’s camera is garbage and it was taken in a dimly lit room):
Words can’t describe just how helpful and convenient this is! But make no mistakes—I’ll still be badgering Chris for an autographed free copy of the published version. ;-)