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Derrida’s Secret Name, Or What Transpired in the Auditorium of Gaea & Logos - 1 -
Thursday 8 February 2007
I recently discovered that Columbia University had decided to remodel the Audubon Ballroom, where Malcolm X was assassinated. The University planned to make it into a Biotechnology Center. There were protests against gutting the interior and effacing the traces of history. Columbia went on with its plans, but agreed to preserve the bullet-hole from the bullet that killed Malcolm. I imagine some future guide pointing out into space. "Over there is the famous bullet-hole: when the wall was demolished the hole was left intact, as you can see, for posterity." Inspired by Columbia, I have (...)
Derrida’s Secret Name, Or What Transpired in the Auditorium of Gaea & Logos -2
Wednesday 7 February 2007
The title of Derrida’s text is "Gift of Death—the Secrets of European Responsibility." The Gift of Death!—no doubt after several hours many in the audience began to pray for that gift. As the temperature soared and the oxygen-supply plummeted, some may have indeed come close to the ultimate sacrifice. We auditors became, collectively, Isaac, the child. We followed obediently, like little lambs. Our Father, Derri-DaDa finally spared us. He finally stepped back from the Altar of Sacrifice (a table conveniently and tellingly placed before him).
What do we make of the reference to (...)