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January 20, 2009



Your response, too: I did wonder a bit yesterday if you'd get out there, be one with it totally.)

The ambivalence: subtle, intelligent.

Evidently the author reads a lot!

Ruby Dundee


Throughout the time I have read your blog you have ususally written the serious work of a scholar; a critic. You have, on occassion, been very funny. The funny stuff I usually enjoy the most as I have not had to use any dormant intelligence to "get it". However, I cannot recall when you have been the poet you were when you wrote this piece.
Thank you

Richard Prouty

Thank you Mano and Ruby. I'm glad you liked the post. Everyone else had a lot to say about it, so I just tried to articulate what it was like to watch the inaugural from where I was sitting.

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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."