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Friday, January 11, 2008

Mise en Abyme

Reviewing Slavoj Žižek’s new book, On Violence, in today’s Independent, Simon Critchley tells the flowerpot joke. It goes like this. Two men are watching a play and one needs to pee. He can’t wait for the interval so he gets up and sets off in search of the gents’. But he can’t finds the gents’ anywhere and wanders down a long corridor, where he finds a potted plant, which he urinates into. He stumbles back to his seat where his friend tells him, ‘You missed the best bit! Some bloke wandered on stage and took a piss in that plant!’

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