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Double Double Toil And
I have a double date today with the author of Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung and a man about whom I wrote the following:
Herr H., by contrast, gave one of the least accessible presentations I've ever heard on "De Man, Media, and the Politics of Memory." Judging by his impressive list of publications, H. is no doubt a very smart man himself. Princeton hired him, after all. E. tells me that his book is outstanding. But he should know better than to take the already extremely difficult, but close reading-centered work of De Man and apply it to the amorphousness of new media studies. I'm sure he had a point to make, but I doubt whether ten people in the jam-packed room got it. H.'s prose was so full of coinings, so convoluted in syntax that it would serve as the perfect means of discrediting everything the MLA does. As I sat there cringing at each use of the "-esis" suffix, I was secretly hoping that G. had been delayed enough to miss H.'s talk. The worst part was that, after talking in incomprehensible blocks of jargon for 2/3 of the paper, H. then decided to illustrate his point, whatever it was, by providing a glorified plot summary of Christopher Nolan's Memento, which -- surprise, surprise! -- turns out to have the perfect structure for explaining new media. I'm starting to wonder whether it's possible to make it through an academic conference these days without someone referencing Memento.
Be still my burbling heart. I could die from so much anticipation.

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sisterblister83 From: sisterblister83 Date: November 22nd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah!!! Take that, pow pow!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 22nd, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was a little unfair in my characterization. But not a lot unfair. Send me an e-mail to remind me what input you're looking for on the Critchley question and other matters. I'm low on memory these days.
From: ex_benlinus Date: November 23rd, 2006 02:53 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What was the meeting about?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 23rd, 2006 10:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I had a Ph.D. exam in the afternoon and my grad class this evening. Both were more fun than I'd thought they would be. Live and learn. . .
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