I successfully defended the dissertation today before the committee. The result is not official until early next semester, in order to meet various logistical requirements, but today was the real deal. Some issues with the text need to be addressed but they are all quite minor.
There is a distinct sense of anticlimax. I felt ‘done’ a month and a half ago, and I feel no more enlightened or wise than I did this morning when I chose the wrong sock color to go with the suit. Also, since I’ll be in semiofficial limbo until January, I also feel a bit half-baked, as if I was removed from the oven a tad early. But I’m sure that the enormity of it all will sink in, eventually.