Sunday, July 26, 2009

Derrida Jokes

Graham has a few famous questions and answers of academics over at his blog, including a couple of funny Derrida ones. It made me want to tell one of my favorite stories I ever heard about Derrida (that probably never happened). I'll quote from Leland de la Durantaye:
A telling (if apocryphal) Kansas appearance: An audience member stood up and recounted the scene from The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy and her friends finally meet the wizard, who is powerful and overwhelming until Toto pulls away the curtain to reveal a very small man. "Professor Derrida, are you like that?" the audience member asked. Derrida paused before replying, "You mean like the dog?"