Friday, January 21, 2011

Theory Matters! Joke on Study time

Paul Taylor, a Žižek interpreter, mentions that in our day of action, action, action what we really need is some good old fashioned theory to really figure out the mess we are in. This idea is best displayed in "an old Soviet joke, Marx, Engels, and Lenin are all asked whether they would prefer a mistress or a wife. Marx says a wife, Engels a mistress, whilst to everyone's surprise Lenin says he would choose both explaining: "So that I can tell my wife that I am going to my mistress, and my mistress that I have to be with my wife..." so that Lenin could then “go to a solitary place to learn, learn and learn!"

See interview of Paul Taylor's book on Žižek and the Media here:

Or if you are interested in the book:

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