Last time we met my friend, PhD student and working academic 'Dave' he was walking through the Valley of Shit. Dave emerged from the deathly valley soon after I published that post, but he has now hit the last phase of PhD study, which I call "PhD detachment". Dave, somewhat more colourfully, calls this phase "Screw you thesis!". He tells us why in this post, but caution - there's some strong language!
"I hated Derrida with a red-hot flaming passion of a thousand suns for ooh, about 2 weeks. Then something happened while I was crossing the road ..."