Sunday, January 6, 2008

what I'd rather be talking about on a Saturday night...

... intelligent conversation or at least intelligent bullshit... it's been soooo long....

Review: How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books

Bayard's approach is Derridean: a focus on the relation between objects and the systems that support these. He perceives books themselves as a 'system', important only in so far as they are received within society: the gossip that they generate; the ideas that they spawn; the conflicts that they provoke. 'Relations among ideas are far more important than the ideas themselves,' he insists. Thus, it is only ever necessary to get a rough sense of what any particular book is about - and where to place it in the 'collective library'.

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