Deconstructions

From Terry Eagleton’s review in the Guardian of a new biography of Jacques Derrida by Benoît Peeters: Of Derrida being labeled by his jewishness, Eagleton writes, “Identity and homogeneity were what he would later seek to deconstruct. Yet the experience also gave him a deep suspicion of solidarity.”  And I realize the impossibility of completing my book Red Neck, among whose principle themes are identity and homogeneity, without mentioning Derrida at least in passing.  Indeed, this French philosopher was the subject of so many of the conversations I had with Peter, David, and Ernest when we were in graduate school.

Or perhaps I should save Derrida for my next book structured around literary cities.  He could appear in either Paris or Prague where “…in 1981 to address a secretly organised philosophy seminar, he was arrested and charged with drug smuggling.” [from Eagleton’s review]

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