EDWARD SAID ON FOUCAULT (2000)
"Of Foucault's work it is, I think, true that it leaves no reader untouched or unchanged for two main reasons. One, because, as he has said, each book was an experience for him of being enmeshed, imprisoned in ''limit-experiences'' like madness, death and crime, and also of trying rationally to understand ''this involvement of oneself'' in those difficult situations. Second, his books were written ''in a series: the first one leaves open problems on which the second depends for support while calling for a third. . . . They are interwoven and overlapping.'' Even those readers in whom he has produced a distaste that goes as far as revulsion will also feel that his urgency of argument is so great as to have made a lasting impression, for better or for worse."