Friday, September 30, 2005

Paper Machine
Another recently published book worth mentioning is Jacques Derrida's Paper Machine.
In an interview originally published in Le Monde but no longer available online Derrida wrote:
"Each time, no matter how faithful one tries to be, one betrays the uniqueness of the person one addresses. Even more so when one writes books for a large general audience: one doesn't know to whom one speaks, one invents and creates outlines, but they fundamentally no longer belong to us. Spoken or written, all these gestures leave us: they start to act independently of us, like machines, or at best, like puppets. I explain it all better in Paper Machine. At the moment I allow "my" book to be published (no one makes me do it), I begin to appear-and-disappear, like some unteachable ghost who never earned how to live." The whole of this interview originally translated in Truthout, is still online on this weblog:

According to the Stanford University Press catalogue, the Paper Machine is described as questioning "the book itself, archivization, machines for writing, and the mechanicity inherent in language, the media, and intellectuals. Derrida questions what takes place between the paper and the machine inscribing it. He examines what becomes of the archive when the world of paper is subsumed in new machines for virtualization, and whether there can be a virtual event or a virtual archive."