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Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 12:42:45 -0800
From: Joel Weishaus <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: Derrida and Age

"I've always believed everyone has more than one age, and I carry three ages within myself. When I was 20 I felt old and wise,
but now I feel like a child. There's an element of melancholy to this, because although I feel young in my heart, I know objectively that I'm not young. The second age I carry is my real age of 72, and every day I'm confronted with signs that remind me of it. The third age I carry -- and this is something I only feel in France -- is the age I was when I began to publish, which was 35. It's as if
I stopped at 35 in the cultural world where I work. Of course that's not true, because in many circles I'm considered an old, well-known professor who's published a lot. Nonetheless, I feel as though I'm a young writer who just started publishing, and people are saying, 'Well, he's promising.'"- Jacques Derrida.

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