And, finally, this quote from Walter Benjamin, submitted by a reader:

The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope...

Hi there! I saw this mentioned on your blog (which seems great--I will explore... I am a PhD student at UT Austin)...

But do you know where this is from? Knowing Benjamin, there is more to the story than a simple love quote. I can't find the reference.

Thank you! :D

Richard Prouty

The quote comes from One-Way Street. It appears in the section "Arc Lamp." In fact, it's the only line in the section. In the Selected Writings, it appears in volume 1, page 467.

Good luck with the PhD!

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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."