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16 down, 36 to go

And I’m slowly catching up with my own deadlines on this one, as there are a few read books still to blog. For now though:

Hol has been know to accuse me of, I quote; “Frequently Complicated Musings’ and while I’d have a hard time refuting that, I’m not worthy to muse in the presence of Jean Baudrillard. French Postmodernist that he was, he’d probably also have something to say about bands beginning with “The…” (most likely to question whether they were le or la, but nevertheless) and the state of debt management in the 21st century, but here he’s relating some complicated thoughts on the nation of America. And some pretty apposite ones too. I read this at the weekend in Camden, with a bit of a hangover (that’s one way to cure a headache – read some French Postmodern theory), and it made perfect sense in that condition. It enabled me to advise a student on their essay and sound like I knew what I was talking about, and reading it does make one consider how little has changed in the States since the 1980s.

Right, better go – I’m supposed to be making a fish curry…

Discussion

7 comments for “16 down, 36 to go”

  1. Oh good, I’m glad its not just us students who don’t really get post-modernism, I just hope to god that the one student that your’re referring to doesn’t read this blog! If only for her sake, if not for yours!

    Posted by Matt | May 19, 2006, 12:11 am
  2. Mysterious WebMatt – I see no reference to the gender of said student… why do you assume that it’s a her?

    And a general observation: I found Good Will Hunting a bit contrived, but there was a great line where Robin Williams points out that all for all our protagonist’s knowledge gleaned from books, he can’t tell us what a sunset over Moscow looks like, or what the markets of Cape Town smell like at the end of a day’s trading. (Or something in that vein). An important point I think. Having travelled a lot throughout western and eastern Europe, America and even Africa, I can honestly say that you learn roughly a thousand per cent more just by being in a country than by reading about what someone else thinks of it. At least if you have made the trip, you are able to put any comments made by others into perspective.

    This post was brought to you by British Airways. (Maybe).

    Posted by mongo | May 19, 2006, 12:45 am
  3. Hi Matt. On the contrary – I get postmodernism, and I understood everything Baudrillard talks about in America. I might not always agree with it, but that is my perogative. It made for an interesting morning reading through a French philosopher’s musings on a subject that I’ve had arguments in pubs about for the last few years – namely the role and authenticity of the American experience. Something that every student I have who has been to the States is aware of my position on. My regard for Baudrillard is based largely on the man’s knowledge and erudition – and only partly on the fact that I sometimes get only 80% of what he’s saying.. Now someday I ought to post on Lacan and the suture theory of film-making.. that’ll really show me up….

    Posted by tom | May 19, 2006, 12:51 am
  4. Hey, someone nicked my name!

    Posted by the real mongo | May 19, 2006, 9:40 am
  5. Ah mongo, the said student is in fact female. I know this because she is a neighbour and close friend, also because Tom told me last time he saw me.
    And Tom, I am glad you explained that, I may bring it up in discussion next time we are at the bar or on your birthday, or I might just leave it until our 3rd year dissertations next year…

    Posted by Matt | May 19, 2006, 7:03 pm
  6. Wasn’t it Scott Turow who said “Postmodernism cost literature its audience.” Very true I feel.

    Posted by Chloe | May 19, 2006, 8:59 pm
  7. Oooh ment to mention this to you your links haven’t been made properly just thought you’d like to know!

    Posted by Chloe | May 19, 2006, 9:01 pm

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