I went to go hear Derrida speak once. The talk was about murmuring. He murmured the entire speech. You could hardly hear it. Everyone was craning to tell even what language he was speaking. We were bored by all the murmuring. It was also amazing. It was at NYU.
Betty Friedan was there.
The French word for the murmur is le murmure, & I think he said, or maybe the program said, that the word is onomatopoetic in both languages. So it’s possible he just said the title of the lecture over and over for a full hour.
I feel sorry for anyone who skipped a Derrida lecture because they’d been told he was a fraud & believed they could always tell a fraud from the real thing, especially when it came to philosophy, but I hope they enjoyed non-murmuring by non-fraud philosophers.

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