John Mcreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Sat, 9 Apr 1994 14:54:17 JST

I gripe, Pound replies:

> (5) I am willing to have it demonstrated that Derrida has useful
> things to say. I am not willing to regard pointers to other authors
> ("See so-and-so's XXX) as evidence. I am waiting for someone who
> will show me that there is some specific cultural phenomenon his
> ideas illuminate.

OK, here's a few: supplementary thinking (cf. _Of Grammatology_), the
fetishization of logic (cf. _Writing and Difference_), "communication"
and the signature (cf. _Limited Inc._ or _Signsponge_), "genre" in
writing (cf. "La loi du genre"), reason and the constitution of the
subject (cf. "Cogito and the History of Madness"), metaphor in the text
of philosophy in "White Mythology: Metaphor in the text of philosophy,"
symbolic exchange (cf. _Given Time_), etc.

Is this, or is this not, precisely what I said would not count as evidence.
When I was doing math and science this was called "hand-waving." No cigar,
not even close.

Please remember, I deal with bullshitters every day, with serious money
at stake. You just lost the account.

"Making Symbols is My Business"--John McCreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)