I was chatting with Carl Steadman the other night (he's apparently a fan of the elevated depths of my thesis, to my extreme surprise). And he was telling me how he used to study Lacan. Carl said that Lacan made his writings deliberately opaque, deliberately hard to understand. ("but that's an important aspect of what they impart to the student. also keeps out the fanboys.") And I thought, humph, Voltaire with not approve! Clarté et tout ça.
But this past week I've been rereading Orwell's 1984, and thinking how, yes, much of it really is insightful and perceptive book, just like people say. And then I stumbled on these comments that random doofuses have made about the profundity of 1984 in their minds.
And I thought, ya know, maybe 1984 would have benefitted from just a few drops of that opaqueness that Lacan liked to smear around. To keep out the fanboys.