In this wide-ranging discussion of events and ideas, Baudrillard moves between poetry and waterfalls, strikes and stealth bombers, Freud and La Cicciolina, shadows and simulacra, deconstruction and the zodiac, Reagan's smile and Kennedy's death, the "curse" on South America and the future of the West, the last tango of French intellectual life and the exemplary disappearing act of Italian politics. Writing at the site where the philosophic and the poetic merge, he once again offers us commentary in the form of the riveting insight, the short distillation of reality that establishes its truth with the force of recognition.
Cool Memories II, Baudrillard's latest commentary on the technopresent and future, an installment of his reflections on the reality of contemporary western culture, will entice all readers concerned with postmodernism and the current state of theory.
About the Author
Jean Baudrillard, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nanterre from 1966 until 1987, is the author of many books, including In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities, Simulations and Simulacra, Fatal Strategies, Seduction, America, Cool Memories, The Transparency of Evil, and The Illusion of the End.
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