Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I Drop Social Science..

Alive, Roger Caillois would be 82 years, 5 months and 13 days old today. In honour of this occassion, I intend a radical reinterpretation of the man's legacy.

Roger wrote the book "Man, Play and Games". In it he defines play, it's roles, and occurrences in everyday life. His catch-all definition reads, "an occassion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often money."

Now consider these phrases; to woo, pay court to, chase after, seek the hand of, set one's cap at, cop a feel, tag a tug. They are all common descriptives for the pursuit of carnal relations. Now look a little closer at those verbs; pay/seek/chase/cop/tag. They are equally the language of the player and the Romeo, as the gambler and the hopscotcher.

Though his written work does not explicitly link male-female relations to play, the signs are there. Firstly, Roger was an academic, a species infamous for it's social incompetance. Secondly, Roger was openly French - to describe something as healthy as play to be a 'waste of time' is just typical of the tediously solemn and cheerless countenance adopted by his puckered-lip breed.

Thus, by assumption, we deduce Roger's rejection by women on a fairly regular basis.

Now, take another look at his definition of play; "an occassion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often money." Oh the little soft cheese, are we frustrated? Are we feeling a lack of le ooh la la?? Are you all alone in your Chateaux, drinking Bordeaux, browsing Rousseau, quaffing Brie de Meaux???

Thus, by deduction, we assume Roger's rejection by women on a fairly regular basis.

The next post will interpret the four roles Roger identified in play; competition, chance, simulation and vertigo - in terms of trying to get a woman to sleep with me.

I drop social science to get a woman to sleep with me!


At 1:04 PM, Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

As an academic, he must have worked in an environment full of nubile female students, so being rejected would have been doubly humiliating for him.

As I said in one of my posts, humans who end up becoming ascetic philosophers are almost certainly atoning for the sins of a past life.

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous i8toomuch said...

What did they say about those who can, live it, and those who can't spend their entire lives talking about it...

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Richard S. said...

Is that a variation on the "Those that can do, those that can't teach" phrase?

But you see, it's not really a question of spending all my time talking about it, it's more that physical imperatives leave me unable to spend 24 hours a day doing it. Ergo free time to collect my thoughts on this blog you see...

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous i8toomuch said...

*grin* I know. That's what's nice about blogging. The comment above was about Roger. :)


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