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Crack Wars

Crack Wars: Literature/Addiction/Mania, by Avital Ronell. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1992.

IN AN INTERVIEW scheduled to be aired on the BBC’s “Theory in the Art World” program later this year, Semiotext(e) publisher Sylvère Lotringer says that too many American artists and writers have gotten bogged down in the formality of recent French theory and that he looks forward to the next stage: “I think there was perhaps a misreading not so much of French theory, but the way French theory was produced. So you find Americans intimidated by the literality of theory. Why? Get the idea! Get information and then drive off. . . . That’s the great American tradition. Go for what you need and forget about the rest. . . . We need more theory and people who have open minds and can think freely about theory and not just use it in a passive, representational fashion.”1

Within academia,

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