More on Baudrillard
Well, not quite. Let's put it this way: Were it possible for me to write that sort of thing at the Chronicle, I would still be there.
But then we get into counterfactual history -- a complicated subject.
I've heard from one reader who was interested in the reference to Baudrillard writing in fragments -- in particular, to my indication that there is a history of treating "the fragment" as a literary form.
This is a rich topic, though unfortunately I can't think of a quick reference for someone who wants to read up on it. But there's a syllabus for a course on "Theory and the Fragment" here (you have to download the document, it's not a webpage) that seems like a good place to start.
I'll probably write about Baudrillard again, here or elsewhere. The column was what I could pull together under the given time constraints, particularly as spurred on by that less-than-thoughtful piece in The National Post linked to yesterday by Arts and Letters Daily.
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