The Hydra has many heads. You will not be able to choose between this one on the one hand, on the other that. And the play of differences between the right and the left hand that Jacques Derrida insists on in writing about Heidegger's hand disrupts the demonstrability of the properly human as the being of pointing or monstration: Hands, that is already or still the organic or technical dissipation. Nonetheless, what is pointed out or towards, what may even be handed to you (t)here is an alpha-bête, an ABC of deconstruction and Derrida, a monstrous beginning, written without hands, and with the help of many hands.

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The Hydra

(since 1995)

As written up by Gregory Ulmer, Artforum 9, 1998
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This site has been available for free since its inception. Because of its steady traffic from parts of the globe where bandwidth has a higher premium than in the new US economy, I have been slow to incorporate graphic complexity. Much of this site and the other sites on the hydra remain largely text-based. Still, it has received recognition from various search portals as well as multiple listings on other people's sites dedicated to theory, philosophy, and related issues. (See also the annual reports.) It continues to rank highly even though I have little time to update things since I moved to the US, and despite the increasing commercialization of the web. - If you want to link to this site, please drop me a line. And please note that over time, the Hydra has garnered a few awards:

  • Best of the Web, Encyclopedia Britannica, 2/2009
  • Five Star Resource, Schoolzone UK, 10/2003
  • Links2Go Key Resource Award, 8/1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica One-Star rating
  • Malaspina Great Books Five Star Site, 1/1998
  • WebCrawler Select Award, 2/1997