'A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia' by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (D&G) offers "a form that expresses the associational style of the postmodern. The 15 chapters are not designed to be read sequentially. The readers may enter where they please and jump to any chapter. Readers thus may make of their reading experience that of reading a hypertext; the authors invite that experience. (They do not forbid a start–to–end reading either.)
D&G root each chapter, however, in a concrete historical moment. Those moments are not laid out sequentially by chapter but jump around: chapter two deals with 1914, while chapter 3 deals with 10,000 BC. We note this rootedness in a study of a mode of thought, the postmodern, that indulges in the separation of reality from a simulated 'reality' which humans take to be reality. From the point of view of THE PROGRAMME, we find this connectedness significant.
What are D&G doing in this book? We think that––whatever else––they are giving us a vocabulary with which to describe and analyze the experience of being conscious in the conditions of postmodernism. Their terms are novel and difficult therefore to put together. Their novelty, we sense, is necessary if we are to come to understand what is happening to us now and what we are doing to *make* happenings. When a world view dies, the terms that define and analyze it also die, even while they continue to live on human tongues through inertia, custom, unthought. The project in this book bears witness that the two authors feel the death of the pre–postmodern world view; their ambition is to give us the equipment to begin to know what has been happening. In one sense, it has not been happening until we use the equipment to say what has been happening: such a sense would be consistent with a major postmodern thread."
(Dick Richter, http://webpages.ursinus.edu/rrichter/deleuzeandg.html)
Deleuze, G. and F. Guattari (2002). A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. London, Continuum.