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When asked, via other channels, what twentieth-century theorist I am, I should have known the eventual response:

You are Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari! That’s right! You’re two people! Actually, you’re probably a lot more than that, because you argued that all of us are, fundamentally, schizophrenics. Your notion of the rhizome is far too popular amoung people who fantasize about digital technology. One of you is dead, and the other isn’t.

My students, who hated A Thousand Plateaus by what I take to be about an 18-to-2 margin, will either find this hysterically funny, or aggravatingly typical, or will simply smirk in an ironic gesture of knowingness.

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