Deconstruction And Its Discontents

As a fifty-two-year-old Jew, who might have been murdered in infancy through the legalized operation of contingent cultural preferences (if my parents had lived in Europe), I personally am grateful to be living in a country that honors, and values, essentially as a requirement of abstract, universal reason, the ideal of an original text – say, the construction my parents put upon my significance in 1943.

Rose Rosengard Subotnik, How Could Chopin’s A-Major Prelude Be Deconstructed?, in: diesselbe, Deconstructive Variations: Music and Reason in Western Society, Minneapolis 1996

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