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November 11, 2009


Gerardo M.

Excellent text, and nice way - in the quoting of Mr. Derrida - to end the series on Benjamin.


Richard Prouty

Thanks, Geraldo. I've said most of what I wanted to say in the series on the Arcades Project. I'm putting together some entries on experience and storytelling.

Vintage Jewelry

Nice post! I like Baudelaire's poetry, amazing poem. I don't think that modern life is boring and empty. Inversely, the technology is running and it's so many issues and events happened every moment, that we don't have a time to follow after everything.

Richard Prouty

"Boring and empty" were my words indeed. I oversimplified WB's account of the decline of experience. I've been thinking about the ways in which WB's theory of experience applies to our screen immersed culture.

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What Is One-Way Street?

One-Way Street [Einbahnstrasse, 1928] was Walter Benjamin's first effort to break out of the narrow confines of the academy and apply the techniques of literary studies to life as it is currently lived. For Benjamin criticism encompasses the ordinary objects of life, the literary texts of the time, films in current release, and the fleeting concerns of the public sphere. Following Benjamin's lead, this blog is concerned with the political content of the aesthetic and representations of the political in the media. As Benjamin writes in One-Way Street, "He who cannot take sides should keep silent."