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March 13, 2010

“In the beginning was the telephone”

Filed under: music,telephony — by JR @ 1:01 am
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“Love, for Derrida, is till death do us part, or rather it is on condition that we are in some sense always already parted both from one another and from ourselves: ‘I mourn therefore I am’ would be Derrida’s rewriting of the Cartesian ‘I think therefore I am.’  The ‘I am’ is only possible on the basis of memory, language, and others.  My relation to myself is, from before the word go (or the word ‘gaga’ or ‘mamma’ or ‘me’), ‘plunged into mourning.'”
Nicholas Royle

“So, a telephonic interiority.”
Jacques Derrida

“Sometimes I feel like I live in Grand Central Station / Tonight I’m not takin’ no calls”



  1. The phrase “in the beginning was the telphone” comes from Ulysses, Gramaphone”? How does it fit in?

    Can anyone comment on this phrase and its locus classicus.

    Thank you.


    Comment by cambridgeforecast — February 9, 2011 @ 1:08 am |Reply

  2. Hi Richard–sorry for taking so long to get back to you, but, yes, the phrase comes from “Ulysses Gramophone,” and I was just gesturing toward a way of reading Gaga and Beyoncé’s video as a text which, as in Joyce for Derrida, counterintuitively sets the condition of telephony as something like an ontological starting point, before words are spoken or acts are performed. Or laying the groundwork for a comparison between this video’s arguments and Derrida’s that I knew I would never actually write. Mostly it was a jokey way to acknowledge that this was the first post on our blog, though.

    Comment by JR — February 14, 2011 @ 10:43 pm |Reply

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