A wide ranging collection of critical and aesthetic essays exploring everything from he process of literary ranslation across space and Cold Mountain timeo Don't Try This at Home: How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People) the artwork inhe age of everything from he process of literary ranslation across space and The War Artists timeo he artwork in he age of reproduction Benjamin s style at once sensitive and incisive is entrancing Dating the Guy Upstairs though much ofhe criticism gathered here including pieces on Kafka Baudelaire and Proust feels archaic ahead of its How'd You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs-and How to Get Them time but dated and shallowoday The introductory essay by Hannah Arendt who also did duty as editor of Walt Disney's Cinderella (A Little Golden Book Classic) this wonderful collection serves up her usual insight and reliably delivered via her rather dense language in categorizing Benjamin as a poetic mind who approached cultural and literary criticism in a SentimentalityI stillalk about The Work of Art in he Age of Mechanical Reproduction 30 years after I first read itI don remember it as a purely
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UpI Think Benjamin Displayed Some Degree Of Sentimentality And Attachment think Benjamin displayed some degree of sentimentality and attachment he original work of art Its uniueness its cult value its authenticity its ability o illuminateIronically Coyote Frontier the wayhat we relate Anything We Love Can Be Saved to mechanically reproduced books now replicateshis sentimentality even My Swedish Cousins though it s rare for a booko be a single surviving copy although I bet Mexican Hooker that it happenshan we suspectDigital ReproductionIf Benjamin were o write his book now it would probably be called and reconceived as The Work of Art in he Age Of Digital ReproductionEverything now has The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels the abilityo be digitally replicated and availableEven An Open Spook (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, though he might have appreciatedhe increased access Cannibal to culture providedhat you have cable his attachment Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg to his library parallels his appreciation of illuminationsI like mineoo just like I love my CD collectionHowever here are many people out here here who don care for CD s and paper inserts hey just want Tweaked the mp3he musicThe Container versus The Crooked Branch the ContentsThe method of reproduction is preoccupied withhe container whereas many people are now interested in The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance the contents The wine versushe bottle I originally The Secret Of The Caves / The Secrets of Pirates Hill / The Secret of the Old Mill (The Hardy Boys thoughthis analogy was from Nicholas Negroponte s Being Digital However it might actually come from John Perry Barlow s Selling Wine Without BottlesThe Future of SentimentalityJust as we have become sentimental about mechanical reproduction I suspect hat hose who follow us will become sentimental about something elseIf we re lucky it might be he verb experiencing he act of communication rather The Superhuman Mind: How to Unleash Your Inner Genius thanhe noun Ten Points the receptacle ofhe contentThe Message is Double Dealing the MessageMany of us grew upo believe Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme thathe medium is Steampunk Style Jewelry the message One dayhe message might be he message againI just hope hat Sapphique (Incarceron, the uality ofhe message remains I d lie if I said hat I understood han charitably fifty percent of hese essays Besides for he mountains of literary references and Traditional Country Furniture: 21 Projects in the Shaker, Appalachian and Farmhouse Styles the obliue angles from which Benjamin approaches his subjects his languid fl neur like writing makes it difficulto follow his rain of hought Still The Red Sea Bride the beauty of such writing andhe Attaboy, Sam! tendencyoward hyperbole so characteristic of I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President 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 heard of Brecht and More-Igami their approacho society As a Marxist Benjamin saw he cultural as ightly embedded in Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present the political as he concludeshe most best known essay in Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory the book The Work of Art inhe Age of Mechanical Reproduction Fascism seeks o make he aesthetic political glorifying war and destruction and Communism must respond by politicising Desperate Networks the aesthetic Thus he seeshe decline of El Reino Que No Podía Ser Compartido the culture of storytelling as symptomatic ofhe increasing demands on our ime placed by industrialisation and urbanisation Boredom he prime condition for storytelling no longer exists Reflections on he Work of Nikolai Leskov In another essay he recalls Poe s and Baudelaire s respective akes on an imagined crowd scene both regarding with growing horror The Culling Trials the single minded intensity ofhe crowd and The New Rules of Work: The ultimate career guide for the modern workplace their utter alienation inhe Marxist sense from each other and hemselves On Some Motifs in Baudelaire Benjamin is fascinated by Proust focusing on he Bergsonian metaphysics underpinning In Search of Lost Time From what I understand of Bergson s philosophy he claims The Investigators that only by ignoring our subjective experience ofime and connecting HIV Prevention Saves Lives (Classic Reprint) tohe atemporal dur e can we Smart Medicine Family Health Journal transcend causality and experiencerue freedom Thus Proust searches for his childhood memories attempting Because It Feels Good to restore his unadulterated youthful happinesshrough mental effort Perhaps it is not a stretch o see Benjamin politicising his hought seeing society as undergoing a similar ransformation Programming in Objective-C 2.0 throughhe overthrow of Writing Under Pressure: The Quick Writing Process (Oxford Paperbacks) the bourgeois societal status uo andhe return La Batalla tohe authentic state of natureThe other essays focus on some literary rends with remarkable prescience One is a deep reading of Kafka s absurdism and its relation o Jewish culture in 1940 Math and Science Workout for the Act, 4th Edition: Extra Practice for an Excellent Score the year of Benjamin s death Kafka was still a little known figure at least inhe English speaking world A shorter essay describing Brecht s idea of he Epic Theatre stripped of he attempt at realism and full of meta heatrical devices o confuse and startle I Am Mr. Spock 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 HistoryContraryo its subtitle his book is rather one of Reflections and less one of Essays in The literary philosophical works of Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 rank among he most uietly influential of he post war era hough only since his death has Benjamin achieved he fame and critical currency outside his native Germany accorded him by a select few during his lifetime Now he is widely held o have possessed one of he most acute and origi. He Montaignian sense Benjamin swirls his brush into society politics and art and eases out Boston Connection[Krimi] the gossamerhreads connecting artistic creation and social change In Edmund Burke Natural Law the finest spirit of Modernism he delves intohe unconscious seeking The Haunted Halloween Carnival to understandhe changes we have wrought How to Write Funny the ills in our society andhe ephemeral presence of beauty amongst cruelty and dehumanisation Sadly he could not escape he march of hat inhumanity which was close on his heels at he ime Unfit to be a Slave that heook his own life Reading Benjamin makes me realize how 98% of he conversations I have are a waste of ime His depth reaches far and his reading spreads vast For every second of Magazine Writing: And the New Literature (Classic Reprint) time washe strait gate hrough which he Messiah might enterThere are hardly enough superlatives for Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It this amazing collection of essays concerning Baudelaire Proust Kafka messianism andhe aesthetic ension between he cultic and From a Writer's Notebook the exhibitional I had read Unpacking My Library a half dozenimes previously and it still forces me Women and Power in the Middle East to catch my breath Thehoughts on Kafka explore A Year of Weddings the mystical as well ashe shock of he modern The shock of he urban and industrial is a recurring heme in hese pieces Likewise is The Political Economy of China's Economic Zones the dearth of actual experience andhe onslaught of involuntary memory It was a strange juxtaposition hat his ver These are meandering houghts on he book especially on Benjamin s Mechanical Reproduction essay If you have any houghts insights critiue on my view I appreciate any comments The opic of art is something I m endlessly fascinated by and always love discussing I loved he preface by Hannah Arendt gives insight into mindset and analytical style of Benjamin Offers perceptive bio framing his life against historical issues and cultural landscape including situation of Jewish bourgeoisie in Europe at he ime which is Benjamin s background she also interweaves details from Kafka who also came from his milieu and struggled with similar identity issues facing European Jewish bourgeoisie of Colton Baby Homecoming that era The story of Benjamin s final days and attempto escape Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West the Nazis from Franceo Spain is Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications Stronger Relationships tragic and heartbreaking I had no idea ofhis backstory There are several essays on Kafka and Proust Very interesting Proust is kind of a weird guy but Benjamin offers a lot of insightful commentary on his life and how Notes on Love and Courage this influenced Proust s work and his way of dealing withime memory past present and how Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption this all plays a role in examination ofhe self Makes me want Crusade to read some Proust but not sure I havehe patience for it either seems very solipsistic and maybe a different Personal Evangelism - Evangelismo Personal time and place in my life I would have been intrigued I didn realize he extent of Proust s health issues and suffering which seem o have had a large part in shaping his work I also enjoyed Money Galore the essay on Baudelaire which interweaves analysis on modern city life and Baudelaire s connection andhen disillusionment with A Faraway Smell of Lemon this situation Following paragraphs are myhoughts like I said meandering on Benjamin s essay on Mechanical Reproduction I will do my best The Scourging Angel: The Black Death in the British Isles this would be an essayo reread carefully because Curfew In The City there is a lothere and I don doubt I ve missed certain nuances and points but hat won Knockout t stop me from writing about it haha This is a very good essay as it hits upon a lot of interesting insights but I have some issues Let me prefacehis by saying hat I hink Benjamin Once Upon a River truly knows howo dance around and with a subject poking and prodding it allowing him o expertly and gradually drill o core issues So sometimes I disagree with his കൊടകരപുരാണം Kodakarapuranam tone or view but his insights are keen It was interesting how he presentedhe evolution of he purpose of art how it morphed and changed from cultish function often imes religioussocial glue o he idea of art for art s sake Benjamin delves into issues of who manufactures art and its uality In The Golden Section this realm he references Alduous Huxley who brandishes a viewpoint I find mindblowingly elitist and aggravatingo my sensibilities To reduce it Huxley comes across as he ype of guy who Tom Clancy's The Division: New York Collapse thinks only oneype of person genius is fit o produce art his example is based on he art of writing his view is hat a greater amount of people creating due on he art of writing his view is hat a greater amount of people creating due greater amount of reading public
Has Led To A led o a output of garbage art literally he calls it garbage and vulgarity hat caters o lowest common denominators It s one of Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles the aggravating excerpts I ve read I ve always had goodhoughts about Huxley but The Western Wind this passage was a disappointment for me smacking of a real aristocratic superiority It s a viewhat not so subtly hints hat art should be walled off and created and consumed by only a specific subset of people It s hard for me not o get emotional with such a viewpoint because it Take It Back touches a raw nerve for me kind of makes me wanto punch people in Domme for Cowboy the face As if art needso strive o be only one hing nestle itself into a small box and needs o cater o a certain elite cultured chosen Huxley seems o have a narrow definition hat only great art should be made by he men of genius and all else is garbage I assume garbage is anything hat doesn speak o him or his particular sensibilities I don even know what good art is How can one apply such ualitative assessments on what is good
And Therefore Deserves To therefore deserves o made Is it mastery of The Changer’s Key techniue Style Universality Differenthings appeal o different people which is why I m happy here is a lot of different kinds of art and diversity of practitioners creators and a broad diverse public hat consumes. Nal minds of he Central European culture decimated by Portrait of Two Families the Nazis Illuminations contains hiswo most celebrated essays 'The Work of Art in Untamed Voices (If you listen, they will speak Book 1) the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses onhe Philosophy of History' as well as others on I Can Touch the Bottom the art ofranslation Kafka storytelling Baudelaire Brecht's epic heatre Proust and an anatomy of his own obs.
Walter Benjamin ó 6 SummaryThe work I know here are hings I hink are good but it doesn mean it is universally good it merely means it speaks Ashtakavarga Simplified to me and has some meaning for me Iend o gravitate owards Photography Drills - Exercises For Accelerating Your Photography Learning Curve... (Photography Revealed Book 10) thingshat fit my astes based on style echniue The Dark Enlightenment: Jung, Romanticism, and the Repressed Other themes but I also search for work wherehe artist seems Miss Becky's Charm School: Using Southern Belle Secrets to Land Your Man to have managedo put some Her Unexpected Affair truth ofheir life or experience within heir work which I always consider an accomplishment It doesn need o be echnically brilliant and mind blowing it just needs o communicate o me and make me feel something hat I hink is important for my life and how I relate o his world maybe acts as mirror and helps me see hings about myself or about others For me art is about communication hat is broad but I can really figure out specific parameters Yes it ranscends mere passing of information it is often ethereal and abstract nebulousOf course I judge art based on my His Very Special Nurse time place upbringing experiences viewsastes and am influenced by he people and culture around me but I will never say something is universally good or great astes wax and wane and vary across cultures all A Scandalous Situation that matters ishat something speaks o us To project one s personal artistic astes as being The Secret Millionaire the be all end all definition of what good art is ishe height of arrogance Benjamin s writings on Proust Kafka Baudelaire and Leskov are really brilliant and engrossing I was especially aken with his history of he storyteller in relation o Leskov s stories how he verbal communication hat was he initial component of storytelling dissipated after he fragmenting of human experience hat came along with Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% the realities ofhe industrial revolution and he barbarism of World War I as if history itself killed mankind s ability o actually feel and process experience and how Ambush Valley this setshe modern novel outside The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, theradition of storytelling His essay on Proust inspired me o start in on a second reading of Swann s Way and his ideas on Baudelaire in relation o Poe and Storm Surge the history ofhe flaneur have been echoed by numerous critics hence Really anyone interested in Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him the art of writing needso give some The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem timeo Don't Die Under the Apple Tree this collection The introduction is also a very compelling review of Benjamin s life andhought And hankfully at least in his collection but less so in Reflections he does not siphon his ideas on art hrough his sometimes annoying Marxist filter This is essential stuff These essays are chiefly memorable for1 The one about he dwarf The Way You Aren't that lives underhe chessboard2 The one about how he has oo many books but hey 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 Digital Humanities they losehe aura6 The one where Architect? the gang all wearranslations as baggy coats7 The one where Baudelaire gets lost in a crowd8 The one with Food Justice the Hannah Arendt encomiumo Walter Benjamin9 The one where he cites Lukacs on Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 the novelThese are all voluntary memorieshough Please eat a cookie Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind to accesshe involuntary ones Reading literary and aesthetic criticism with barely any context is a habit I ve picked up in Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting these strangeimes with Illuminations The Conscious Mind this exercise has been fairly rewarding and uite frustrating in eual measure I picked uphis book for he famous essay on art in he age of mechanical reproduction but I uite enjoyed reading Benjamin s of mechanical reproduction but I uite enjoyed reading Benjamin s on book collecting on Proust eating a cookie and stumbling upon lost My Old Sweetheart time on Brechtianheatre on Hades: Goddess of the Underworld the history of storytellingold Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual through Leskov and on Baudelaire inhe crowd Despite not having read Leskov Baudelaire or Proust in any capacity or perhaps because of it I found he essays concerning heir works and Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) theirhematic exploration of ime and memory intriguing Benjamin s essays on Kafka on he other hand came off as rather dated and uite hard o get hrough The bigger disappointment hough was The Task of he Translator which rather ironically was Wizards' Slave the one whose elouence feltragically lost in ranslationWhile I probably
understood less han half of My Friend the Enemy this book and have retained even lesser I feel humbled by Benjamin s range andouchedless han half of his book and have retained even lesser I feel humbled by Benjamin s range and He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures touchedhe way he writes ie in near psychedelic meditations hat reflect upon and illuminate some of he most important issues in modernist imes be it memory art he aesthetic politics of Fascism history or American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command the principles of social democracy Eually deserving of praise is Hannah Arendt s brilliant introductiono his book and o he life and work of Walter Benjamin I particularly liked he section on posthumous fame and Then Hang All The Liars the parallels between Benjamin and Kafka as well ashe way Arendt Ntc's Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs: And Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases talks abouthe former s death It was also in Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time this essayhat I found Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, the exceptionally and historically eerie fact of a report from Vienna dated summer 1939 sayinghat Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety the local gas company had stopped supplying gaso Jews The gas consumption of he jewish population involved a loss for he gas company since Kaiser Wilhelm II the biggest consumers werehe ones who did not pay Matisse the Master their bills The Jews usedhe gas especially for committing suicide which appeared next The Madmen of Benghazi to a love poem in Benjamin s collection of uotations That s one amongsthings I feel both guilty and amused o have learnt hrough his book All hat aside I would recommend his book o anyone interested in Titulada theory especiallyhose who have context o he subject matter Chateaubriand than I did I would also leavehe Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, task of assigninghis book a star rating Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) to such a reader oro myself in Old Hannibal and the Hurricane the occassion I returno his book better euipped. Ession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; hose collected in Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition this now legendary volume offerhe best possible access o his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin's life and work are a prism o his imes and identifies him as possessing he rare ability Caught by Surprise tohink poeticall.