Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

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It's hard to believe that it's been twenty years.

I suppose we all remember where we were in 1994 when we saw on our TV screens that Jean Baudrillard had been gunned down on the steps of the Institut de Recherche et d'Information Socio-Économique in Paris. His assailant, a Gulf War veteran driven to desperate outrage by Baudrillard's assertion that the war had not taken place, and the inference that the deaths of his comrades were considered either illusory or of no account, is said to have given a cry of "I refute you thus!" before catching the philosopher in a hail of bullets from an assault rifle.

Such, at any rate, was the report of eye witnesses - but the CCTV camera that captured the event carried no sound, and it's hard to read lips through a balaclava. Happily, the savant's multiple gunshot wounds were slight, and he was back at his desk the following morning and hard at work on his next opus, 'Sic [sic] unto Death?'

He remained notably reticent about the incident for the rest of his life.

One of my favourite French intellectuals

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