From: emmanuel pehau <klossi_fr@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 18:30:19 +0200 (CEST)
Hi, Greg !
Depends greatly on what you call "wothwile", "funny" or "scathing".
As far as I'm concerned, I've found practically nothing worthy of being dubbed "criticism" (then again, according o my own standards) in that particular area : those who have any use of Gille-Félix's toolbox are usually too busy adapting to the mutations it implies to get at any useful distance, those who have no use of it usually don't care, and those who take those tools (rightfully so or not, that's another matter) as projectiles directed to their very source of living are usually too busy falling further and further into the pits of resentment to produce anything else than sound and fury and other stories told by an idiot - in short, whenever their mind is clear enough to produce something inteligible, they produce "anathemas" rhater than "criticisms", strictly speaking.
However, there are, of couse, exceptions : Robert Castel gave a pretty balanced account of L'Anti-Oedipe in his 1972/73 "Le psychanalysme" (quite an exploit when you consider that Anti-Oedipus was just out-of-the press when Castel wrote said account), Foucault has exposed on more than one occasion a disagreement of tactical (neither strategical nor "theological" - so to to speak - as some may think reading some accounts of it) nature (though only one time - in his 1978 interview with Jean-Paul Le Bitoux - has he exposed it with any real depth) and - last but not least - Deleuze & Guattari themselves has been a great source of criticism regarding their 1972 work (check Desert Island and Two Regimes of Madness if you don't believe me).
Now, out of hat lot, each type of criticism is humourous in his own particular way, but only Deleuze and Guattari's are downright "funny" in the grand "two madmen in an asylum" tradition (especially Guattari's - one of me favorites happening in a 1974 very serious discussion in the grand "two militants is a crowd" tradition - hope it is part of the Guattari's set of works that have been translated into English - where Guattari says something along the lines of "I, myself, don't apply Anti-Oedipus to my everyday life !").
That said, if you're akin' go for "fun" and forget "criticism" a little (though parody and criticism are certainly cousins of some sort - the kissing sort, one may hope), I would direct you to Patrick Rambaud's effort in that area ('think it was reproduced in Semiotext n°3, 'round 1977) : "Gilles vient de s'acheter une Klossowski 750 flambante neuve, véritable "monstre" qui fera rêver bien des lecteurs" - a pretty broad pastiche (as you may have guessed if you read french - Deleuze and Guattari as car - or rather motorcycle - sellers !) but much more subtle in many respects than many "serious" (well, they take themselves quite seriously, obviously) efforts in the so-called "non-respectful" direction.
Hope I've been useful to you in some way, Robert (though our taste may well be vastly different, I'm afraid - for my part, I think I'd have a hard time finding anything uttered by Baudrillard worthy of being called "criticism", let alone "criticism of ideas" - in my own narrow view of such things, he seems way too busy trying to be clever to let any hint of "plain" intelligence getting in the way - see what I mean ? Well, maybe I would put it better if I said I prefer "humor" over "irony") to you, and to all of us sunday's clowns on this list.
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