PRINT January 1993


The Way We Were

ON THE PROBLEM of the actor—

And it is really high time to ask: What good actor today is not—a Jew? . . . Finally, women. Reflect on the whole history of women: do they not have to be first of all and above all else actresses?

—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882

In his book Spurs or Nietzsche’s Styles, Jacques Derrida works Uncle Friedrich’s Jew-woman moment to comment upon “truth’s abyss, as non-truth.” He points out that while “truth” can only be a surface, or in quotation marks, it still flirtatiously tempts us to lift her veil and possess her.

The Jew is the Thing

Now that middle America has gone into recovery, The Prince of Tides recently offered filmic fast-food for the inner child. The world emerges as a disappointing landscape populated by those who are in denial and those who are in recovery; one suspected that that is the way we are but why does it seem so smarmy here?

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