He lost me on its believability though it was still interesting to read. Much of his work is untranslated or hard to find or both, but judging from what's currently available, Frank Kermode might not have been wildly exaggerating when he called Benjamin the greatest critic of the century.
Still worth reading though. Perhaps its some mythological allegory and he's using the Holy Bible as an allegory - I don't know.
I love reading about Surrealism and Benjamin is a really good writer, I am a bit surprised to see him write so highly of it though. Part 1 is by far the weakest part, probably skippable.
Man, however, names them according to knowledge. Still wasnt badly written or anything just not my thing. I enjoyed read this but im not going to lie was glad when it was over. The arrow analogy is tough to conceive in my head, a diagram might help but it sounds very interesting.Part 1 is by far the weakest part, probably skippable. This was good because he didn't bring God into it but he could resist ending the book on "magic". It is a We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. I also liked the Conversations With Brecht and the Author as Producer though my attentions waned upon approaching the lengthy piece on Karl Kraus. This is a much more disparate collection than Illuminations. That means: God made things knowable in their names. He lost me on its believability though it was still interesting to read. Still worth reading though. Despite this, the people seem lively. My favorite essay was probably Moscow, Surrealism, and the Brecht correspondence.
Its fun and good and I love when philosophers and scholars do trip reports and get high. I didn't quite understand that part.The arrow analogy is tough to conceive in my head, a diagram might help but it sounds very interesting. I did know Benjamin had a mystic element to him but Part 4 has a theological miasma, at least, if not out right imprint on every essay that I didn't much care for as I felt it diminished the force of some of his arguments. Very good article, I liked this a lot, I think it was basically trying to get authors to be aware of their situatedness in the role of capitalist production and create truly revolutionary proletariat works of art. I think a big thesis is : "The absolute relation of name to knowledge exists only in God, only there is name, because it is inwardly identicalw ith the creative word, the pure medium of knowledge. It was okay but honestly I expected different. But I should back up, this essay is I guess what language is? Benjamin, who died tragically in Spain in , was a German Jew with wideranging interests and a dense, sometimes impenetrable style. Cool stuff. However, he does say criticize? However, this is disappointing as a Marxist because he criticizes other language theories as "bourgeois" which to me implies he thinks his proletarian in some way. It is a spatial narrative in the weirdest sense. This volume gathers together personal recollections, notably ""A Berlin Chronicle"" and ""Moscow""; notes for an unfinished book entitled Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century; articles on his friend Bertolt Brecht, Karl Kraus, surrealism, etc. And that's vaguely touched on and this is an essay critiquing violence vis-a-vis the Law through a Marxist I guess? Man, however, names them according to knowledge.
I also liked the Conversations With Brecht and the Author as Producer though my attentions waned upon approaching the lengthy piece on Karl Kraus. Definitely interesting thoughts, anecdotes, theories are contained in this book and there is a reason why Benjamin is revered as he is as a thinker not just in Marxist circles.