" ‘Under glass,’ that’s the laws of hospitality inaccessible to any transformation, intangible, presumably, but visible and more than visible, readable as the being of written laws must be…They are only there, in short, to command – and to prescribe their own perversion. They are there, under glass, to watch over the guests and over their own perversion. They will wait for us while we make a long detour."
— Jacques Derrida, Pas d’hospitalité
“When does one belong to a community? The difference concerns the netherworld of unwritten obscene rules which regulate the “inherent transgression” of the community, the way we are allowed/expected to violate its explicit rules. This is why the subject who closely follows the explicit rules of a community will never be accepted by its members as “one of us”: he or she does not participate in the transgressive rituals which actually keep this community together.”
— Slavoj Žižek, For They Know Not What They Do
In other words, the dinner party as a site of social transgression and affirmation.Read less