Colleges

Here's a story you don't see every day

From Roy Rivenburg in Sunday's LAT:

When a vampire expert allegedly seduced a tipsy UC Irvine student four years ago, he inadvertently set off a chain of events that now jeopardizes the school's control of a dead philosopher's prized archives.

The story came to light after UCI announced last week that it would drop a lawsuit against the widow and sons of philosopher Jacques Derrida, the acclaimed founder of deconstruction, an influential but bewildering theory that questions the concept of absolute truth.

Trust me, it just gets better. Seems that Derrida tried to barter access to his archives as a way to intervene on behalf of Russian studies professor Dragan Kujundzic, accused of plying a 25-year-old female doctoral student with "Transylvanian wine and opera music." She went to his apartment, performed oral sex on him — "that night and again the following evening" — and after a couple more encounters complained that he used his position as her adviser to take unfair advantage. The university finally sued — not Kujundzic, but the heirs who withheld Derrida's archives. Derrida died in 2004.


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