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November 25, 2005

Theory is Dead

Via the Filmmaker Magazine Blog, a New York Times Magazine interview with the French philosopher the Wachowski brothers made safe for America, Jean Baudrillard, conducted by Deborah Solomon.

The interview is pretty disappointing, in part because the interviewer moves away from Baudrillard's arguments about the war as "simulation" too quickly, but the playful photograph of Baudrillard is worth a look. Also interesting: Baudrillard's stated preference for American fiction (Roth, Capote, etc) over French novelists.

Posted by chuck at November 25, 2005 11:22 AM

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Yes, the interview in the Times Magazine is terrible, but the short piece on Baudrillard in The New Yorker is just funny. Baudrillard (and the audience that came out to see him do a talk at a NYC gallery) comes across as totally bonkers.

Posted by: Amardeep at December 2, 2005 9:06 AM

Yes, the New Yorker piece is much funnier, more intersting. I hadn't realized tat Baudrillrd had been invited to write on the sequels to The Matrix. In retrospect, I really wish he would have taken them up on that offer, even if he was ambivalent about the first film.

I like Baudrillard's playful response to the final question.

Posted by: Chuck at December 2, 2005 12:23 PM

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