A week from today, Susie and I go to Paris, returning November 9th. As usual, I shall continue blogging. A week from Thursday, we dine with our friends Anne Berry and Philip Minns. Philip runs this blog on all matters French, and I find it an indispensable aid to understanding life and politics there. Philip worked for many years as a simultaneous translator, both for governments and for corporations, a calling that leaves me speechless with astonishment.
I hope and expect that my Columbia talk with go up on YouTube some time before we leave for Paris. I will be very curious to read your reactions, should you spend some time watching it. One word of explanation for those of you who have no connection with Columbia. At the very beginning of my remarks, I tip my hat to Bob Belknap and Carl Hovde, two friends, now both dead, who were, like myself, young members of the faculty half a century ago. The older people at the talk will know that both became, in their day, much loved Deans of Columbia College. I did not mention Edward Said, whom I was privileged to know, although not as well as I would have liked. Those opening remarks were just a little inside baseball to establish my street cred with the locals.
As for the Marx lectures, I still have not found any takers willing to offer me a venue for the talks. You will recall that I tried standing in front of my bookcases and lecturing to my desk for the Ideological Critique lecture series, but I found that so weird that I decided not to do it again. I may be forced to return to my desk and bookcases for the Marx lectures if no one at Columbia is interested in sponsoring them.