Voice Card  -  Volume 29  -  Suzanne Card Number 5  -  Sat, Aug 7, 1993 12:38 PM

This is a response to Roger's question in his opening message about deconstructionism. Most of what I know about it is the severe depression it can cause in young graduate students of literature. I've spent a few late nights listening to certain victims mourning the existence of deconstructionism, wondering how they can force themselves to go on with their studies if they have to continue to learn any more about deconstructionism. I'm not exaggerating; they were truly glum and defeated.

To be honest, I was more concerned at the time with trying to make them feel better than about getting to the bottom of deconstructionism - but what I got out of their consolidated explanations is that it attempts to prove that there is no meaning in literature. Although I can't vouch for the accuracy of this statement, I know depression when I see it.

So I just thought it might be wise to suggest - if you're going to pursue your studies further - that you plan on seeing a lot of comedy movies, keep a book of jokes close at hand, that kind of thing.