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Sharing Dreams

I know that academic people can be real nuts. And I know that, by giving you this next piece of text, I am likely to be crossing that line if I haven't already. But here is an excerpt from an author who I recently discovered and who incorporates even her dreams into her academic work.

My dear readers, you've heard enough about my favorite philosopher by now. I believe you are now ready to appreciate Laura Marks's take on him that makes my admiration for him look innocent.

Deleuze Overcharges for Drinks

_ February 8, 1998 _ [note that, by the time of the dream, the philosopher has been dead three years] _ I dream that there is a lecture by my hero Gilles Deleuze and afterward people are going to his house for a reception. We have to go there on little red handtrucks. I take the smallest one because I can see it is really high-tech and expandable. I take off on it separately from the others, who are "wankers" and go careening down these very steep streets, a town like San Francisco but tropical with slanting lights and lush purple flowers. The card turns into these speedy old-fashioned roller-skates, and I am careening down this steep street, grabbing at trees and signposts as I pass and feeling exhilarated because I am on my own. Deleuze has this big empty house, like an expensive windowless concrete bunker, with nothing inside except for a lot of Far Side cartoons, a pool, and a Jacuzzi. He's sitting at a counter where you come in, selling drinks. An orange juice and rim is very delicious but costs $28. I get depressed because his new book is not very good." _

From Laura U. Marks. _ Touch. Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media. _ Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. 206.

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