Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bullshit Studies

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:12 PM

The essay excerpted in last night's post on structuralism
is of value as part of a sustained attack by the late
Robert de Marrais on the damned nonsense of the late
French literary theorist Jacques Derrida—

Catastrophes, Kaleidoscopes, String Quartets:
Deploying the Glass Bead Game

Part I:  Ministrations Concerning Silliness, or:
Is “Interdisciplinary Thought” an Oxymoron?

Part II:  Canonical Collage-oscopes, or:
Claude in Jacques’ Trap?  Not What It Sounds Like!

Part III:  Grooving on the Sly with Klein Groups

Part IV:  Claude’s Kaleidoscope . . . and Carl’s

Part V:  Spelling the Tree, from Aleph to Tav
(While  Not Forgetting to Shin)

The response of de Marrais to Derrida's oeuvre  nicely
exemplifies the maxim of Norman Mailer that

"At times, bullshit can only be countered
with superior bullshit."


  1. Hi Steven:

    I just wanted to thank you for posting Part V of Bob's opus, which I hadn't seen. Sadly, the illustrations don't ccome through on my computer — you don't happen to have them in an emailabled form, do you?

    Thanks again, Charles

    Comment by hipbone — Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 7:53 PM

  2. Sorry, I don’t have the illustrations. I checked at the Internet Archive for copies of Part V, but all the copies have is the first illustration, a standard one of the Sefirot tree.

    Comment by m759 — Friday, November 8, 2013 @ 4:32 PM

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