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on December 4, 2008
The Insister of Jacques Derrida is the perfect title for this book. Cixous really is the in-sister for Derrida. She is in on all of the his in-jokes and he even shares his dreams with her. Some of these dreams are about large dogs, often with large teeth, sometimes with their large teeth in his hand. Another dream allows him to bask in the satisfaction of Chirac for Derrida's having parked without complications a large Boeing airplane in a nice out of the way spot in the city. What becomes evident in this book is how important Derrida's ear was to his own and Cixous' career, as well as how mutually affectionate and stimulating this relationship was for the two of them. He is always listening, engaging his interlocutor, and his French is without fault. Cixous, for her part, does her best to keep Derrida's sentences alive and in this work she gives thoughtful focus to three works: <Geneses, Genealogies, Genres and Genius>, <Veils>, and <Resistances--of Psychoanalysis>. Much of the writing is moving but still the sharing is largely hermetic. As in most deconstructive writing there is much fervid writing abounding in selected word roots. In this work -sist-, as in insist, persist, sister, flourishes, as does a meditation on mochte and mag from German. One will also find neologisms such as toolateo' clock and Freuderridian among others.