Garlands is subtitled,
An Anthropology of Useful Nonsense which is not supposed to be self-deprecating but a comment on the strange, general and complex nature of the study.
There was a reason why I originally entitled the work
Garlands but I fail to recall it, and even if I could it's surely beside the point, so here's a quote to be going on with. It's from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll right at the start when she is just sitting outside :-
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her .
academics masochists my library of reference sources is here.
Transitory written or printed matter that is has only short-term usefulness or popularity.
Grey literature is defined as semi-published material for example reports, internal documents, theses, etc. not formally published or available commercially and consequently difficult to trace bibliographically. (Harrold’s Librarian’s Glossary and Reference Book, 2000)