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Benjamin, “One Way Street”

Posted on January 11, 2010 in Reading Project

As you are probably aware, aphorisms are a real hit-or-miss proposition. And maybe they tend pretty heavily towards the miss side. Admirers of Walter Benjamin, however, know that his collection of aphorisms “Theses on the Philosophy of History” is fucking stunning. These are not as good, in part because they are a bit fractured. Dedicated to Asja Lacis, they seem to come from a time when Benjamin wasn’t as strong in his commitment to the superstructure, and to the etheriality beyond it which makes his best works so compelling.

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