Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Two Cultures

Thinking of my long-ago posting days, when I looked at the cultures of life and death, I came across this quote:

"It is not enough to recall that there are cultures of death and that from one culture to another, at the crossing of borders, death changes face, meaning, language, or even body . . . One must go further: culture itself, culture in general, is essentially, before anything, even a priori, the culture of death . . . The very concept of culture may seem to be synonymous with the culture of death, as if the expression 'culture of death' were ultimately a pleonasm or a tautology."

Extra points for identifying the author (not hard).

Or this one: "There is more than one way to make a body invisible."

11 Comments:

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Nostradamus said...

Deleuze, or Felix (Hernandez) Guattari?

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger jeremy said...

No.

 
At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacques Cousteau?

 
At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Battaile? Derrida? Blanchot?

 
At 11:57 PM, Blogger Finnegan said...

Let's attach something to this contest: first person to guess correctly (in the comment thread) gets to post a post at FW. (This is assuming no one's guessed correctly yet. I'm pretty confident of my guess, especially after looking at Jeremy's original post on this subject, which is a bit of a challenge for non-site administrators. So if I'm wrong it's very embarrasing.)

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Ashish George said...

Sartre? If it were in poem form, I would say Philip Larkin.

 
At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agambenheideggerderridaiscoolandcriticaltheorypostomdernfloatingsignifier

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger jeremy said...

fuck heidegger, anonymous.

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Alexandre Lessard-Pilon said...

My fingers slipped earlier when I anonymously guessed Jacques Cousteau. I meant to guess Jacques Derrida.

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger jeremy said...

Alex is correct and wins the prize. The other acceptable answer would have been Jermaine Dupri.

The latter quote is attributable to Yale's handsomest professor, Paul Fry. The quote can be found in Fry's "A Defesne of Poetry", the hardest challenge to referentiality in the last decade, excepting, of course, Jay-Z's "People are Talking," his third and most sublime Nas dis.

"Throw in the towel, I'm better with vowels" can be provisionally located as the center of that text.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Nostradamus said...

Come on, you know the second anonymous (the one that mentions Battaile and Blanchot also) was me...

 

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