Sunday, February 27, 2005

First Post: Testing (Derrida)

If Jacques Derrida (R.I.P.) had been an American named Jack Deride, would he have been so renowned? Suppose that everything that Derrida had ever written was signed "Jack Deride." Would Deride's Gift of Death sound as je ne sais quois as Derrida's Gift of Death? Doesn't the former sound somewhat ... derisory? The name "Derrida" falls so much more trippingly off the tongue. I maintain that much of Derrida's appeal lies in his being French and having such a name as "Derrida."

(By the way, I've read and benefited from The Gift of Death -- and would have even if the author had been a certain Jack Deride.)


At 6:27 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Welcome to the blogosphere!

I'm once again in the Korea University neighborhood and am free until March 7th, so perhaps we should do lunch.

Looking forward to your thoughts.



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