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The Animal That Therefore I Am by Jacques Derrida
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Jul 26, 10

Read from June 14 to July 26, 2010

The man's my hero, but his later work is falling flat...

No offense to other Derrida-heads out there who love this particular text, but I mostly took away from it: "I am no old man who sure does wuv his kittywitty!!1!" Which is endearing but kind of, you know, a let-down, coming from the man who reinvented how we view language, politics, truth, the gift, death, and ourselves.

Still, I feel better writing about monsters (esp. chimerae, a la Asma; esp.-esp. werewolves) having read this. We are animals; we do not think of ourselves as animals. Highlighting that simple disconnect is perhaps worthy of a Derrida jam, even if said jam is no Of Grammatology.
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