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August 18, 2014



Here's another possible myth: Those indiscriminate readers who come to need to see something expressed, see it expressed, that is, for the sake of experiencing the expression rather than accumulating knowledge and understanding about the thing itself, will invariably develop a taste for literary fiction eventually.

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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."