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May 11, 2007



Enjoyed reading your thoughts on Spider-Man 3 as "a story of endless beginnings". Just one thing: I'm a he, not a she. My parents have a lot to answer for.

Richard Prouty

Sorry about that, Kelly! I try to be careful about the gender of names, but I missed your bio on the page. My bad.

Thanks for calling attention to the allegorical possibilities of Spider-Man 3. I never would have seen them otherwise.

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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."