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EDITOR’S LETTER

THEORETICAL PHYSIC

Jean Baudrillard giving a Whitney Museum of American Art Distinguished Lecture on American Art and Culture, Asia Society, New York, 1987. Photo: Jeanne Trudeau.

LAST MONTH, I was invited to participate in a round-table celebrating the legacy of Semiotext(e)—that small press begun in 1974 and responsible for introducing so many European theorists to American readers—on the occasion of its archives’ donation to Fales Library at New York University. My prescribed task was straightforward enough: to discuss the imprint’s influence on art during the past three decades. As luck would have it, however, I fell victim to a flu, and so instead of conveying my thoughts to an assembled audience, I found myself ruminating on the subject at home in bed, the gentle delirium of my fever seemingly echoed and amplified by the swirling gusts of winter’s last storm outside.

Perhaps there was something fitting about this psychological correspondence, though. Over the years, I’ve been struck by the claim—made repeatedly by the press’s founding

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