"Baudrillard Live" gathers together many interviews which have been published in very different locations and publications into a coherent work. New interviews and an introduction make available the conversational thought of one of the leading French intellectuals associated with postmodernism. The scope of the interviews is enormous, from the experience of visiting the cinema, to views on film and photography, on through the Gulf War and the new world order. Baudrillard is well known for his critique of modernity and this work complements his writing, revealing the French theorist's talent for thinking on his feet. The book provides a peerless supplement to his often difficult writing, illuminating many points of contention in his work, particularly those relating to postmodernism.
"Baudrillard Live" is far more than a supplement. It is in its own right a document of the highest importance in the critique of modern society, as it raises many disturbing issues and problems. The collection is edited by a leading authority on Baudrillard's work.
The book appeals not only to those interested in French intellectual life, but also to those interested in the debate surrounding modernity and postmodernity. It is an essential document in the understanding of one of the most creative and important French thinkers alive today.
""Baudrillard Live is a superb introduction to the most important and original French thinker of the past 20 years. Here Baudrillard speaks frankly of his modest family background, his apprentice years in the French university system, his continuing sense of himself as an outsider, his dispute with Foucault and his ambiguous response to his sudden fame in America . . . Vast and intriguing."
-J. G. Ballard, author of "Empire of the Sun and "In Praise of Women
"The chief value of the interviews collected by Mike Gane in "Baudrillard Live is the challenge they offer to the achieved flatness of Baudrillard's recent work. . . . it is the unsettling voices of the interviewers which make "Baudrillard Live a worthwhile addition to the growing number of his books available in translation."
-"The Irish Times
"This book is--what might sound like a contradiction in terms--an ideal teaching book on Baudrillard."
-Scott Lash, Lancaster University