Noted French philosopher Jean Baudrillard dies

French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, a social theorist known for his acerbic commentaries on consumerism and excess, died Tuesday, his publishing house said. He was 77. —Noted French philosopher Jean Baudrillard dies (Jerusalem Post) When I first heard of this, I checked the Wikipedia entry, and was a little surprised to see no information on his death. I thought I’d blog it here first, and then at least add the death date…


Nabokov will play you, fool

Maybe tomorrow I’ll think this is cute. In the meantime, I trust no one named Vladimir. God help me if I dream about this… —Karissa Kilgore —Nabokov will play you, fool (Sugarpacket) One of my students vents her frustration at being completely fooled during her first encounter with Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire.