Thought of the day. (The day is June 2, 2008.)
I sometimes think about the morbidity rate of particular topics of research. You know when one dreams up a topic one's supposed to make a case that it is underresearched. Could be there are topics that kill off researchers. Could be that phalanxes of young graduate students have tackled topics that required them to read Aurora Leigh. Only to get halfway through Aurora Leigh and succumb to horror at the futility of it all. I can't do this any more, they think, and walk away - leaving the topic underresearched, a temptation to future unsuspecting victims.
A topic deserving research in its own right, clearly.