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March 2017



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It's probably unkind of me to be feeling a flush of uncharacteristic optimism at the news that Jacques Derrida is dead at the age of 74, isn't it?

Oh, well.


Good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read that! I'm pickled tink, however, to discover your anti-deconstructionist bent, as I share it.
Deconstuctionism ate my baby.

Seriously. I hate it so much I'm completely, incoherently unreasonable about it. I left academia in part due to deconstructionist disgust.

I find it not just masturbatory, but inhumane, and I think it's philisophically linked to the solipsist excesses of corporate imperialism, the Bush administration, and people who say "I feel" as if their unresearched gut-level prejudices were as valuable as an expert opinion.

It's only *slightly* less evil than social Darwinism.


Sorry about that.
Oooo! Oooo! Oooo! May I quote --

". . . not just masturbatory, but inhumane, and . . . philisophically linked to the solipsist excesses of corporate imperialism, the Bush administration, and people who say "I feel" as if their unresearched gut-level prejudices were as valuable as an expert opinion."

Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!
With my blessing!

Wow, I was on a tear, wasn't I? You can almost hear the sputtering....
Seriously, I confess to being a "fakefan" when it comes to SF fandom, reading almost no SF or fantasy these days except when I copyedit it. However, I am now going to go out and buy--and not in the "used" section--every book of yours that I can find.
Hah! I guess there's something to be said for having strong opinions.

The only book I have available right now is Hammered, which actually hasn't been released yet but is available for pre-order through the usual suspects, and will be out Dec. 28th. The sequels, Scardown and Worldwired, are forthcoming in June of 2005 and January of 2006.

*g* So catching up on my ouvre is--hopefully--easier than it will be in a couple of years.

Re: moi aussi

I was fortunate enough to take a couple of grad classes i ntheory as an undergrad. After I stopped screaming and the seizures came under control, I had my crisis of faith right then and there.

Deconstruction is a religious issue for me.

I don't argue it.

If you try to plead its case in my vicinity, I will leave, much like a pro-life person confronted by a roomfull of ardent abortion-rights supporters.

Life is too fucking short for nihilism.

...wow, THERE's a T-shirt slogan waiting to happen.

I have always avoided the MLA. :)


His death reads like the ultimate deconstruction.

Re: Huh...

*g* the irony of my reaction to the news was not lost on me....
I've always been amused by the closeness, verbally and visually, of "Derrida" and "derision."

I'm sure he would have argued with my interpretation.

I'm famous!
I think his ideas are, like mustard, valuable as a seasoning, but emetic when taken as an entire meal. I posted some quotations from him as a form of memorial.

I am not a deconstructionist -- in fact, Derrida and his tribe made getting my MA (in English/Creative Writing) two years of anguish and were instrumental in my decision to avoid ever getting a PhD. But that was partly owing to the attitude of certain faculty members. They wanted to convert students to their vision of a universe with no meaning, no connection, no joy, no value, no God, and no humanity. They saw themselves -- and us -- as intelligences imprisoned in flesh, but they were disconnected from the natural world.

To someone as naturally earthy and mystical as I am, and as naturally resistant to all authority, the attempt to convert me was both infuriating and painful. Teach me ideas and I will choose how to apply them. Tell me my entire life and worldview is meaningless, and I will resist.

I've found since then that there are uses for postmodernist thought Almost none of them are directly helpful in writing fiction.
...goooood comment.

Much more thoughtful than my visceral revulsion.
No, unkind would be my feeling that, if we lived in a civilized world, I would long ago have left his seconds dragging his bleeding carcass to a physicians from a courtyard near the Louvre.

- Tom
You have a way with words, sir.
You make me feel less guilty for my reaction to the news.
No. In fact, when I heard I started singing, "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead." And all the flying monkeys are happEEEEE!
I'm not a fan of postmodern criticism per se, but I will say that Derrida was not as Evil (define that as you prefer) as some of his contemporaries and self-appointed disciples.

Plus, he read Augustine. He plagiarized Augustine, one might almost say; that's still miles ahead of most postmodern critics' inability to see prior to the eighteenth century.
Having had at least one person tell me I didn't know what my own story was about, I hope the movement died with him. I am now holding my breathe until I turn blue.
I can't say I'm sorry to hear this news. Though I have to admit it was Lacan and his minions who made my time in grad school as hellish as it was. Derrida was a comparative walk in the park.
So, I was digging a little deeper into deconstructionist theory yesterday, trying to get some nugget that I could use in perky conversation. I was quite unsuccessful (at the search LOL).

However, I was driving around today and it suddenly occured to me that perhaps Derrida was trying to apply quantum observation theory to creative arts.

What I mean is, in quantum theory Heisenberg figured that you couldn't observe without become a corrupting part of the observation. If I understand Derrida correctly, it's almost like he's trying to say you can author a piece, but you corrupt the piece through the act of authoring and that a work of creative art cannot be just a piece of work unto itself. What I think is funny is that Einstein thought Heisenberg was full of malarkey.

Does that make sense?