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Croute au fromage et oeuf au plat
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I heard an interview of this chap on R4 last night, anyone read anything of him, he seems to be controversial althought the BBC journalist interviewing him seemed quite in awe. I liked what I heard and I think I might add this book on my Amazon list:

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He's been flavour of the month in certain intellectual circles for close to a decade now, and is incredibly prolific.

I've never found his stuff to be particularly irrestible, but you might take a look at the pieces in his LRB archive to see if he clicks with you.

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Slavoj.

There's a documentary about him--Zizek!

He was the focus of a conference at UCLA when I was there, and I rang up his purchase in the bookstore. I doubt there would be many other philosophers that I would recognize. He was buying copies of his own books (to hand out, I presume).

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I'm just reading this for review at the moment. Very enjoyable. He has a good way of mixing jokes, anecdotes and popular culture reference into his writing and his ideas are very sound, I think. Mind you, the central message of Violence was summarised by Michael Palin's bolshie peasant in Monty Python & The Holy Grail; "Come and see the violence inherent in the system!!"
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He sounded very charismatic on R4, very driven.

I've added it to my shopping basket in Amazon anyhow.

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All I will say is I'm either not smart enough or not patient enough to read more than a page of Zizek's prose in one sitting. Despite this, it's clear he has important things to say.
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I got his Metastases of Enjoyment cheaply yesterday, I'll let you know how I get on when I get around to reading it.
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He also made a documentary about Children of Men, it's on the extras of the dvd
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I had that Zizek in the back of my mini once. Picked him up from Manchester Airport and took him to Lancaster for a conference, and back again. Very nice man. But I did love his stuff at the time, though most of his recent LRB articles have been bobbins.
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He certainly knows how to use ctrl-c followed by ctrl-v. Large chunks of his books appear in later books/articles.

He's a bit of a Lenin apologist too.

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So, I've started Metastases. It's very, very good so far, but pretty tough going.

Wyatt Earp, do not under any circumstances read this book. It *will* give you an aneurysm.

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Did I say bit of a Lenin apologist?

I meant a LOT of a Lenin apologist.

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So, I finished Metastases. It's very good, but very mad. Lacan plus Marx plus Hegel plus Derrida plus David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock.

He's giving a talk in Leeds tonight - I'm tempted to go, though I'm not really sure I have time, it's TWO WEEKS to my thesis deadline.

What's his English like? That might be a determining factor, because I'm definitely not going to see a mad Ricky Tomlinson lookalike do Marxist psychoanalysis of George Clooney if it's in Sinisa Mihaijlovic's voice...

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Did you go? Only saw this thread revive today, so couldn't advise that his English is slightly comical, but perfectly intelligable.
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No, I had to put my hands on a friend's head and hold all the pieces together...

Pity.

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