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Two Thumbs Up for Raymond Williams

June 18, 2010

I once had a friend tell me about an essay he read in which the author went on for about thirty pages offering some sort of close reading of extremely difficult texts by Derrida in order to apply his work to ritual theory. The output of the whole article was that the uses of ritual can vary over time.

I was reminded of this when I recently came across this great sentence in Raymond Williams’ The Sociology of Culture:

Indeed this is so clear that I sometimes wonder why so much effort usually goes into attempting to prove it.

Williams wasn’t talking about Derrida or ritual or anything related, but this is basically the sentiment I had when my friend was explaining this essay he had read. It’s a great line that I very much intend to start using it on a regular basis!

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