"Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961)"
From The Reconstruction Site
Just one more drink and then I should be on my way home. I'm not entirely sure what you're talking about. I've had a really nice time but my dogs need to be fed. I must say that in the right light you look like Shackleton. Comment allez-vous ce soir? Je suis comme ci comme-ca. Yes, a penguin taught me French back in Antarctica. Oh, I could show you the way shadows colonize snow, ice breaking up on the bay off the Lassiter coast, light failing over the pole as every longitude leads up to your frost bitten feet--Oh, you're very sweet! Thank you for the flowers and the book by Derrida but I must be getting back to dear Antarctica. Say, do you have a ship and a dozen able men that maybe you could lend me? Oh Antarctica!
Is this is fun and silly nonsense song, in which the main attraction is the fact that it uses Derrida's name to rhyme with Antarctica, and imagines Foucault having a conversation with a retired explorer? A song in which the explorer, possibly drunk, cannot understand Foucault's dense philosophy and wants to go home, or is trying to politely extricate himself from Foucault's romantic overtures, or both, and blames it on his lousy French? Is that last question aimed at a passerby, a funny, doomed attempt at an escape?
Or does this song have a point, however small and simple and cliched, to make about the philosophy of Derrida and Foucault? Something along the lines of "Give up the abstractions of philosophy books and appreciate the concrete beauty in the world, such as shadows on snow, ice breaking up on the bay, light at the pole)"? Is there something significant about the use of the word "colonize" -- Is the explorer casting his description in a metaphor that would appeal to the philosopher of power, Michel Foucault?
Or something else?
The video is very cute in spots, but it is a tad literal and unnecessary I think. I will take second opinions on it though.
Forgive me! -- I just did not feel like writing about a comic book today.