[to be sung to the tune of Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”]
So I met up with Ann and we went along to the launch of the Niall Lucy and Steve Mickler tome War On Democracy: Conservative Opinion in the Australian Press last night. It was launched by Niall’s sister the comedian Judith Lucy. I had to explain the marvelous J. Lucy to Ann through the local (glabally spatial) but global (locally cultural) phenomenon of celebrities famous in a local national context. What Bro Town called “World Famous in New Zealand”. J. Lucy was on fire. Most of the humour belonged to an appreciation of the Australian politico-media terrain so Ann didn’t get much. However, everyone else was having a grand old knee-slapping time, and as Adorno might say, I think Ann enjoyed the enjoyment of others. When the recording is uploaded I’ll post a link. It is one of the funniest launches I have so far attended.
EDIT: AUDIO IS ONLINE. Now I am not sure how this works exactly as it is not the same as the previous recordings (still experimenting with the nature of the file and access). Open this up in a new window and it should would I think, but I haven’t yet tried it (I am at work now, where they don’t have any computers with speakers!!!!)
EDIT: Yep, it opens an embedded player. Sweet.
I bought the book and another one of N. Lucy’s books Beyond Semiotics to get my Derrida hit. I also asked him if it was true that his PhD was marked by Derrida, and to finally put that urban myth of Australian cultural studies to bed (solely circulated by me it seems, contrary to my best intentions), he in fact did not have his PhD dissertation marked by Derrida. Beyond Semiotics (or BS for short, I love a good book about BS) was in the remainders at Gleebooks and I had it signed with the remainders sticker still attached. Lucy signed it with the comment “Were did you find this book?” I also met the mysterious ‘Rob’ who sometimes comments here. Plus I am convinced more than ever that I need to get a black leather jacket to properly signify belonging to that particular social milieau. I’ll have to buy one for Canberra.
N. Lucy read a few pages out and I read a few pages last night. When combined with Charles Firth’s recent American Hoax, it seems as if there is a weird inversion happening between academia and satire. The passage that N. Lucy read was about Miranda Devine as a brilliant satirist of neo-cons. Firth ackowledged that satire has become almost impossible when what would’ve been a joke a week ago has become government policy somewhere in the world. This is folded like origamy. Pomo irony of a post-ironic performative irony. I’m sure Baudrillard would’ve written something deadly serious about this, that, if quoted, would be fucking hilarious right now. See what I mean? Academia has become the punchline, and the joke’s on everyone else.
Hmmm. I’m glad I’ve got good timing, but I need to work on my delivery a little.
My copy of Guattari’s Molecular Revolution arrived yesterday. It is the most expensive book I have ever bought, especially one that is 22 years old. I got a reasonably cheap paperback copy. I am stoked!
I finished Latour’s Reassembling the Social and I have a post in the works about it. Everyone who reads this blog should read that book. There is no other higher recommendation. Simple as that. Read it. (However, it is not Cultural Studies!)