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Crowd and their utter alienation in the Marxist sense Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners from each other and themselves On Some Motifs in Baudelaire Benjamin isascinated by Proust ocusing on the Bergsonian metaphysics underpinning In Search of Lost Time From what I understand of Bergson s philosophy he claims that only by ignoring our subjective experience of time and connecting to the atemporal dur E CAN WE TRANSCEND CAUSALITY AND EXPERIENCE TRUE FREEDOM can we transcend causality and experience true reedom Proust searches or his childhood memories attempting to restore his unadulterated youthful happiness through mental effort Perhaps it is not a stretch to see Benjamin politicising this "Thought Seeing Society As Undergoing A Similar Transformation Through The "seeing society as undergoing a similar transformation through the of the bourgeois societal status uo and the return to the authentic state of natureThe other essays ocus on some literary trends with remarkable prescience One is a deep reading of Kafka s absurdism and its relation to Jewish culture in 1940 the year of Benjamin s death Kafka was still a little known igure at least in the English speaking world A shorter essay describing Brecht s idea of the Epic Theatre stripped of the attempt at realism and ull of meta theatrical devices to confuse and startle the audience presages Tom Stoppard Samuel Beckett and countless art ilms The inal essay consists of some rather Gnomic statements on Hegel s Philosophy of HistoryContrary to its subtitle this book is rather one of Reflections and less one of Essays in the Montaignian sense Benjamin swirls his brush into society politics and art and teases out the gossamer threads connecting artistic creation and social change In the inest spirit of Modernism he delves into the unconscious seeking to understand the changes we have wrought the ills in our society and the ephemeral presence of beauty amongst cruelty and dehumanisation Sadly he could not escape the march of that inhumanity which was close on his heels at the time that he took his own life Reading Benjamin makes me realize how 98% of the conversations I have are a waste of time His depth reaches ar and his reading spreads vast. Ession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; those collected in this now legendary volume offer the best possible access to his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin's life and work are a prism to his times and identifies him as possessing the rare ability to think poeticall. Er whereas many people are now interested in the contents The wine Versus The Bottle I the bottle I thought this analogy was Why Diets Make Us Fat from Nicholas Negroponte s Being Digital However it might actually comerom John Perry Barlow s Selling Wine Without BottlesThe Future of SentimentalityJust as we have become sentimental about mechanical reproduction I suspect that those who ollow us will become sentimental about something elseIf we re lucky it might be the verb experiencing the act of communication rather than the noun the receptacle of "The ContentThe Message Is "contentThe Message is MessageMany of us grew up to believe that the medium is the message One day the message might be the message againI just hope that the uality of the message remains I d lie if I said that I understood than charitably ifty percent of these essays Besides Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, for the mountains of literary references and the obliue anglesrom which Benjamin approaches his subjects his languid Everyday life in medieval times fl neur like writing makes it difficult toollow his train of thought Still the beauty of such writing and the tendency toward hyperbole so characteristic of the Frankfurt School have no doubt played a great role in Benjamin s reputation as no doubt played a great role in Benjamin s reputation as criticThese essays selected by Hannah Arendt North focus on a number of Modernist writers Proust Kafka Baudelaire Leskov whom I hadn t heard of Brecht and their approach to society As a Marxist Benjamin saw the cultural as tightly embedded in the political as he concludes the most best known essay in the book The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Fascism seeks to make the aesthetic political glorifying war and destruction and Communism must respond by politicising the aesthetic Thus he sees the decline of the culture of storytelling as symptomatic of the increasing demands on our time placed by industrialisation and urbanisation Boredom the prime conditionor storytelling no longer exists Reflections on the Work of Nikolai Leskov In another essay he recalls Poe s and Baudelaire s respective takes on an imagined crowd scene both regarding with growing horror the single minded intensity of the. Nal minds of the Central European culture decimated by the Nazis Illuminations contains his two most celebrated essays 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' as well as others on the art of translation Kafka storytelling Baudelaire Brecht's epic theatre Proust and an anatomy of his own obs. ,
A wide ranging collection of critical and aesthetic essays exploring everything rom the process of literary translation across space and time to the artwork in the age of mechanical reproduction Benjamin s style at once sensitive and incisive is entrancing though much of the criticism gathered here including pieces on Kafka Baudelaire and Proust eels archaic ahead of its time but d The introductory essay by Hannah Arendt who also did duty as editor of this wonderful collection serves up her usual insight and reliably delivered via her rather dense language in categorizing Benjamin reliably delivered via her rather dense language in categorizing Benjamin a poetic mind who approached cultural and literary criticism in a uniue manner one that left a lasting influence upon those who Dead Giveaway followed in his wake Benjamin s opening sally a short piece on the eccentric inner workings of the book collector resonated SentimentalityI still talk about The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 30 years after Iirst read itI don t remember it as a purely political tract even though that is how it is all dressed upI think Benjamin displayed some degree of sentimentality and attachment to the original work of art Its uniueness its cult value its authenticity its ability to illuminateIronically the way that we relate to mechanically reproduced books now replicates this sentimentality even though it s rare or a book to be a single surviving copy although I bet that it happens than we suspectDigital ReproductionIf Benjamin were to write his book now it would probably be called and reconceived as The ReproductionIf Benjamin were to write his book now it would probably be called and reconceived as The of Art in the Age Of Digital ReproductionEverything now has the ability to be digitally replicated and availableEven though he might "Have Appreciated The Increased "appreciated the increased to culture provided that you have cable his attachment to his library parallels his appreciation of illuminationsI like mine too just like I love my CD collectionHowever there are many people out there here who don t care or CD s and paper inserts they just want the mp3 the musicThe Container versus the ContentsThe method of reproduction is preoccupied with the contain. The literary philosophical works of Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 rank among the most uietly influential of the post war era though only since his death has Benjamin achieved the Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism fame and critical currency outside his native Germany accorded him by a selectew during his lifetime Now he is widely held to have possessed one of the most acute and origi. ,