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 anguage in categorizing Benjamin as a poetic mind who approached cultural and iterary criticism in a uniue manner one that eft a Les Celtes aux racines de l'Europe : Actes du colloque tenu au Parlement de la Communaut franaise de Belgique et au Muse royal de Mariemont les 20 et 21 octobre 2006 lasting influence upon those who followed in his wake Benjamin s opening sally a short piece on the eccentric inner workings of the book collector resonated in a warmly satisfying way describing idiosyncrasies and behaviors that fit meike a glove Currently approaching some six thousand titles my personal Beyond Buds: Marijuana ExtractsHash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines library is of comparable size to that of Herr Benjamin s back when he put pen to paper theearned author comes off as a intelligent kindred spirit to this reviewer one whose book based similarities both measure and explain the bibliomaniac s obsessions and joys with a reassuring abundance of Dannemora lucidity and enthusiasm It underscores why I could never abandon the printed book for its electronic changeling I m crazy about and reuire its physical manifestation with its covers front and back and fleshy pages redolent with human imagination intelligence and spirit A book is a microcosm ofife itself each page a separate day with its own uniue events thoughts conversations and actions Each page is necessary for those that follow for establishing a inear narrative for that which occurs as pages are turned and as yesterday and the day before will eventually fade and dim in memory s retreats so what took place several dozen pages past will be an etiolated projection of that which is occurring in stark detail on the current page with which the reader is occupied Yet just as we must endeavor to plumb memory for its stored images if we are to make sense of and survive within the bewildering abyrinth of existence we similarly must recall the pages we ve already perused if we re to understand the Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction lines of type arrayed in their ordered ranks before our eyes Thus if youove books you must perforce bear some Nymph Fly Tying Techniues love however imperceptible it seems forife itself and by this measure Benjamin s passion for existence must have been deepMy favorite of Benjamin s intellectual recipes is his brief essay on translation confounding and difficult a dialectic prose puzzle but flush with profound insight and a depth of analysis that rings very true to me especially that of a good translation advancing the suitor anguage of necessity accessing the ur anguage inherent to conveyed experience and which exists on a higher Les derniers jours : La fin de l'empire romain d'Occident level even to Benjamin s writings on Proust Kafka Baudelaire and Leskov are really brilliant and engrossing I was especially taken with his history of the storyteller in relation to Leskov s stories how the verbal communication that was the initial component of storytelling dissipated after the fragmenting of human experience that came along with the realities of the industrial revolution and the barbarism of World War I as if history itself killed mankind s ability to actually feel and process experience and how this sets the modern novel outside the tradition of storytelling His essay on Proust inspired me to start in on a second reading of Swann s Way and his ideas on Baudelaire in relation to Poe and the history of the flaneur have been echoed by numerous critics hence Really anyone interested in the art of writing needs to give some time to this collection The introduction is also a very compelling review of Benjamin sife and thought And thankfully at Loveland least in this collection butess so in Reflections he does not siphon his ideas on art through his sometimes annoying Marxist filter This is essential stuff Reading Benjamin makes me realize how 98% of the conversations I have are a waste of time His depth reaches far and his reading spreads vast For every second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might enterThere are hardly enough superlatives for this amazing collection of essays concerning Baudelaire Proust Kafka messianism and the aesthetic tension between the cultic and the exhibitional I had read Unpacking My Library a half dozen times previously and it still forces me to catch my breath The thoughts on Kafka explore the mystical as well as the shock of the modern The shock of the urban and industrial is a recurring theme in these pieces Likewise is the dearth of actual experience and the onslaught of involuntary memory It was a strange juxtaposition that this very morning I put down Illuminations and was enjoying my breakfast Before me in the recent Bookforum was an article by Geoff Dyer about August Sander s People of the Twentieth Century Benjamin s idea of aura has Little Tree likely morphed into something strange over the intervening 70 odd years SentimentalityI still talk about The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 30 years after I first 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 auth. Theiterary 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 fame and critical currency outside his native Germany accorded him by a select few during his ifetime Now he is widely held to have possessed one of the most acute and origi.
Enticity its ability to illuminateIronically the way that we relate to mechanically reproduced books now replicates this sentimentality even though it s rare for a book to be a single surviving copy although I bet that i These essays are chiefly memorable for1 The one about the dwarf that ives under the chessboard2 The one about how he has too many books but they are all his children3 The one where Kafka has a headache but everyone keeps asking him for favors4 The one where Proust eats a cookie5 The one in which they Guide de l'employeur culturel lose the aura6 The one where the gang all wear translations as baggy coats7 The one where Baudelaire getsost in a crowd8 The one with the Hannah Arendt encomium to Walter Benjamin9 The one where he cites Lukacs on the novelThese are all voluntary memories though Please eat a cookie to access the involuntary ones A wide ranging collection of critical and aesthetic essays exploring everything from the process of Der Heimliche Fürstensohn 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 feels archaic ahead of its time but dated and shallow today These are meandering thoughts on the book especially on Benjamin s Mechanical Reproduction essay If you have any thoughts insights critiue on my view I appreciate any comments The topic of art is something I m endlessly fascinated by and alwaysove discussing I Science and Democracy loved the preface by Hannah Arendt gives insight into mindset and analytical style of Benjamin Offers perceptive bio framing hisife against historical issues and cultural Strength Training for Basketball (Strength Training for Sport) landscape including situation of Jewish bourgeoisie in Europe at the time which is Benjamin s background she also interweaves details from Kafka who also came from this milieu and struggled with similar identity issues facing European Jewish bourgeoisie of that era The story of Benjamin s final days and attempt to escape the Nazis from France to Spain is tragic and heartbreaking I had no idea of this backstory There are several essays on Kafka and Proust Very interesting Proust is kind of a weird guy but Benjamin offers aot of insightful commentary on his Megalodon: Fact or Fiction? life and how this influenced Proust s work and his way of dealing with time memory past present and how this all plays a role in examination of the self Makes me want to read some Proust but not sure I have the patience for it either seems very solipsistic and maybe a different time and place in myife I would have been intrigued I didn t realize the extent of Proust s health issues and suffering which seem to have had a (Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women) By Julia R. Heiman (Author) Paperback on (Dec , 2008) large part in shaping his work I also enjoyed the essay on Baudelaire which interweaves analysis on modern cityife and Baudelaire s connection and then disillusionment with this situation Following paragraphs are my thoughts Je viens d'Alep. Itinraire d'un rfugi ordinaire like I said meandering on Benjamin s essay on Mechanical Reproduction I will do my best this would be an essay to reread carefully because there is aot there and I don t doubt I ve missed certain nuances and points but that won t stop me from writing about it haha This is a very good essay as it hits upon a John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, lot of interesting insights but I have some issues Let me preface this by saying that I think Benjamin truly knows how to dance around and with a subject poking and prodding it allowing him to expertly and gradually drill to core issues So sometimes I disagree with his tone or view but his insights are keen It was interesting how he presented the evolution of the purpose of art how it morphed and changed from cultish function often times religioussocial glue to the idea of art for art s sake Benjamin delves into issues of who manufactures art and its uality In this realm he references Alduous Huxley who brandishes a viewpoint I find mindblowingly elitist and aggravating to my sensibilities To reduce it Huxley comes across as the type of guy who thinks only one type of person genius is fit to produce art his example is based on the art of writing his view is that a greater amount of people creating due to greater amount of reading public hased to a high output of garbage art Lady of uality literally he calls it garbage and vulgarity that caters toowest common denominators It s one of the aggravating excerpts I ve read I ve always had good thoughts about Huxley I d Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. lie if I said that I understood than charitably fifty percent of these essays Besides for the mountains ofiterary references and the obliue angles from which Benjamin approaches his subjects his Black Women in White America A Documentary History languid fl neurike writing makes it difficult to follow 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 a criticThese essays selected by Hannah Arendt 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 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.
E 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 condition for storytelling no Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori 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 crowd and their utter alienation in the Marxist sense from each other and themselves On Some Motifs in Baudelaire Benjamin is fascinated by Proust focusing 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 Thus Proust searches for 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 overthrow of the bourgeois societal status uo and the return to the authentic state of natureThe other essays focus on someiterary 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 Le guide Ornitho little known figure ateast in the English speaking world A shorter essay describing Brecht s idea of the Epic Theatre stripped of the attempt at realism and full of meta theatrical devices to confuse and startle the audience presages Tom Stoppard Samuel Beckett and countless art films The final essay consists of some rather Gnomic statements on Hegel s Philosophy of HistoryContrary to its subtitle this book is rather one of Reflections and Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part 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 finest 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 ownife Reading Pour l'harmonisation orthographique des dictionnaires literary and aesthetic criticism with barely any context is a habit I ve picked up in these strange times with Illuminations this exercise has been fairly rewarding and uite frustrating in eual measure I picked up this book for the famous essay on art in the age of mechanical reproduction but I uite enjoyed reading Benjamin s reflections on book collecting on Proust eating a cookie and stumbling uponost time on Brechtian theatre on the history of storytelling told through Leskov and on Baudelaire in the crowd Despite not having read Leskov Baudelaire or Proust in any capacity or perhaps because of it I found the essays concerning their works and their thematic exploration of time and memory intriguing Benjamin s essays on Kafka on the other hand came off as rather dated and uite hard to get through The bigger disappointment though was The Task of the Translator which rather ironically was the one whose elouence felt tragically Des femmes qui tombent lost in translationWhile I probably understoodess than half of this book and have retained even Illustrated Pocket Guide to Clinical Medicine lesser I feel humbled by Benjamin s range and touched by the way he writes ie in near psychedelic meditations that reflect upon and illuminate some of the most important issues in modernist times be it memory art the aesthetic politics of Fascism history or the principles of social democracy Eually deserving of praise is Hannah Arendt s brilliant introduction to this book and to theife and work of Walter Benjamin I particularly iked the section on posthumous fame and the parallels between Benjamin and Kafka as well as the way Arendt talks about the former s death It was also in this essay that I found the exceptionally and historically eerie fact of a report from Vienna dated summer 1939 saying that the ocal gas company had stopped supplying gas to Jews The gas consumption of the jewish population involved a Kiss That Frog loss for the gas company since the biggest consumers were the ones who did not pay their bills The Jews used the gas especially for committing suicide which appeared next to aove poem in Benjamin s collection of uotations That s one amongst things I feel both guilty and amused to have The Seneca Scourge learnt through this book All that aside I would recommend this book to anyone interested in theory especially those who have context to the subject matter than I did I would alsoeave the task of assigning this book a star rating to such a reader or to myself in the occassion I return to this book better euipped. Ession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; those collected in this now Caleo Leech legendary volume offer the best possible access to his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin'sife and work are a prism to his times and identifies him as possessing the rare ability to think poeticall.
Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish Marxist literary critic essayist translator and philosopher He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom ScholemAs a sociological and cultural critic Benjamin combined ideas drawn from historical materiali