Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wake Up Boilers!

Sean's new book, "The Ethics of Writing: Authorship and Legacy in Plato and Nietzsche" has finally arrived from Amazon which means I will almost certainly end up reading it over our skiing holiday next week and cementing my deserved reputation as the one of the world's leading poseurs.

It's not the first time his publishing schedule has done this to me. Years ago in Cyprus a girl asked me what the large format paperback I was reading as I sprawled on a recliner next to the swimming pool might be. I took a deep breath and announced that it was "The Death and Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida". We never spoke again.

I googled "Sean Burke Plato" looking for reviews and came up with this blog post written by a former student of his. I'm not sure that I recognise the character it portrays, but then again I've known the subject since primary school so we are a long way past shyness.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

He once told his class he was on a train reading a Deconstruction book when he struck up a conversation with some Geordie type who kept going on about cranes & scaffolding. Eventually it turned out he assumed Sean worked in construction.

John said...

Christmas has come early !!

Kali said...

That girl just had no sense. I would have purred. Of course, we might be cousins, so ewwwww. But still...