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Robt. W.

Oh, "each vagabond utterance" is pretty poetic. The rest...

(Work in 'viaduct', 'Palomar', and 'slipstream' and there may be a Van Morrison song.)

Eileen Z. Wolter

Thank you for this. I, too, was an underage semiotician using Lacan and The Auteur Theory under Peter Wollen and the like to parse Art History and Film at Vassar in the early 90's I recently attempted to read by Senior Thesis on Jenny Holzer and it was verbally impenetrable. Now I'm a mother and writer (blogger. argh...) who attempts to
find/make meaning in everyday life through the lyrics of pop songs.

Eric L

BTW, slightly off topic, but I sometimes find oddly interesting parallels between a lot of post-Derrida writing and Sir Humphrey Appleby's speeches in the BBC Yes Minister series. If only Nigel Hawthorne were still alive to recite your passage Steven!

Alex

I'm just starting a PhD in the humanities, and was endlessly entertained by this post. Thank you!

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Just shows how versatile people are, and unless you put them out of their comfort zone or their usual routine, you'll never really see their full potential.

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Wow, at that age you showed off your skills, you're talented

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How old are you now? I am surprised that someone so young has written so many books. Congratulations, you're a role model.

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    My first book-length attempt to organize my writings about emergence and networks into something resembling a political philosophy, which I called Peer Progressivism. (Available from IndieBound here.)

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    Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
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    Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate
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