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IlluminationenT historical issues and cultural landscape including situation of Jewish bourgeoisie in Europe at the time which is Benjamin s background she also interweaves details from Kafka who also came from this milieu and struggled with similar identity issues facing European Jewish bourgeoisie of that era The story of Benjamin s final days and attempt to escape the Nazis from France to Spain is tragic and heartbreaking I had no idea of this backstory There are several essays on Kafka and Proust Very interesting Proust is kind of a weird guy but Benjamin offers a lot of insightful commentary on his life and how this influenced Proust s work and his way of dealing with time memory past present and how this all plays a role in examination of the self Makes me want to read some Proust but not sure I have the patience for it either seems very solipsistic and maybe a different time and place in my life I would have been intrigued I didn t realize the extent of Proust s health issues and suffering which seem to have had a large part in shaping his work I also enjoyed the essay on Baudelaire which interweaves analysis on modern city life and Baudelaire s connection and then disillusionment with this situation Following paragraphs are my thoughts like I said meandering on Benjamin s essay on Mechanical Reproduction I are my thoughts like I said meandering on Benjamin s essay on Mechanical Reproduction I do my best this would be an essay to reread carefully because there is a lot there and I don t doubt I ve missed certain nuances and points but that won t stop me from writing about it haha This is a very good essay as it hits pon a lot of interesting insights but I have some issues Let me preface this by saying that I think Benjamin truly knows how to dance around and with a subject poking and prodding it allowing him to expertly and gradually drill to core issues So sometimes I disagree with his tone or view but his insights are keen It was interesting how he presented the evolution of the purpose of art how it morphed and changed from cultish function often times religioussocial glue to the idea of art for art s sake Benjamin delves into issues of who manufactures art and its ality In this realm he references Alduous Huxley who brandishes a viewpoint I find mindblowingly elitist and aggravating to sensibilities To reduce it Huxley across as the type of guy who To reduce it Huxley comes across as the type of guy who only one type of person genius is fit to produce art his example is based on the art of writing his view is that a greater amount of people creating due to greater amount of reading public has led to a high output of garbage art literally he calls it garbage and vulgarity that caters to lowest common denominators It s one of the aggravating excerpts I ve read I ve always had good thoughts about Huxley but this passage was a disappointment for me smacking of a real aristocratic superiority It s a view that not so subtly hints that art should be walled off and created and consumed by only a specific subset of people It s hard for me not to get emotional with such a viewpoint because it touches a raw nerve for me kind of makes me want to punch people in the face As if art needs to strive to be only one thing nestle itself into a small box and needs to cater to a certain elite cultured chosen Huxley seems to have a narrow definition that only great art should be made by the men of genius and all else is garbage I assume garbage is anything that doesn t speak to him or his particular sensibilities I don t even know what good art is How can one apply such alitative assessments on what is good and therefore deserves to be made. Nal minds of the Central European culture decimated by the Nazis Illuminations contains his two most celebrated essays 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' as well as others on the art of translation Kafka storytelling Baudelaire Brecht's epic theatre Proust and an anatomy of his own obs. Reading literary and aesthetic criticism with barely any context is a habit I ve picked p in these strange with Illuminations this exercise has been fairly rewarding ite frustrating in eual measure I picked p exercise has been fairly rewarding and ite frustrating in eual measure I picked تاريخ جهنم up book for the famous essay on art in the age of mechanical reproduction but Iite enjoyed reading Benjamin s reflections on book collecting on Proust eating a cookie and stumbling Apple Pie Homicide - A Cozy Mystery upon lost time on Brechtian theatre on the history of storytelling told through Leskov and on Baudelaire in the crowd Despite not having read Leskov Baudelaire or Proust in any capacity or perhaps because of it I found the essays concerning their works and their thematic exploration of time and memory intriguing Benjamin s essays on Kafka on the other hand came off as rather dated andite hard to get through The bigger disappointment though was The Task of the Translator which rather ironically was the one whose elouence felt tragically lost in translationWhile I probably 2am Thoughts understood less than half of this book and have retained even lesser I feel humbled by Benjamin s range and touched by the way he writes ie in near psychedelic meditations that reflectpon and illuminate some of the most important issues in modernist times be it memory art the aesthetic politics of Fascism history or the principles of social democracy Eually deserving of praise is Hannah Arendt s brilliant introduction to this book and to the life and work of Walter Benjamin I particularly liked the section on posthumous fame and the parallels between Benjamin and Kafka as well as the way Arendt talks about the former s death It was also in this essay that I found the exceptionally and historically eerie fact of a report from Vienna dated summer 1939 saying that the local gas company had stopped supplying gas to Jews The gas consumption of the jewish population involved a loss for the gas company since the biggest consumers were the ones who did not pay their bills The Jews The Winds of Winter used the gas especially for committing suicide which appeared next to a love poem in Benjamin s collection ofotations That s one amongst things I feel both guilty and amused to have learnt through this book All that aside I would recommend this book to anyone interested in theory especially those who have context to the subject matter than I did I would also leave the task of assigning this book a star rating to such a reader or to myself in the occassion I return to this book better euipped These essays are chiefly memorable for1 The one about the dwarf that lives nder the chessboard2 The one about how he has too many books but they are all his childr Benjamin s writings on Proust Kafka Baudelaire and Leskov are really brilliant and engrossing I was especially taken with his history of the storyteller in relation to Leskov s stories how the verbal communication that was the initial component of storytelling dissipated after the fragmenting of human experience that came along with the realities of the industrial revolution and the barbarism of World War I as if history itself killed mankind s ability to actually feel and process experience and how this sets These are meandering thoughts on the book especially on Benjamin s Mechanical Reproduction essay If you have any thoughts insights critiue on my view I appreciate any comments The topic of art is something I m endlessly fascinated by and always love discussing I loved the preface by Hannah Arendt gives insight into mindset and analytical style of Benjamin Offers perceptive bio framing his life agains. The literary philosophical works of Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 rank among the most ietly influential of the post war era though only since his death has Benjamin achieved the fame and critical currency outside his native Germany accorded him by a select few during his lifetime Now he is widely held to have possessed one of the most acute and origi. .

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Is it mastery of techniue Style Universality Different things appeal to different people which is why I m happy there is a lot of different kinds of art and diversity of practitioners creators and a broad diverse public that consumes the work I know there are things I think are good but it doesn t mean it is niversally good it merely means it speaks to me and has some meaning for me I tend to gravitate towards things that fit my tastes based on style techniue themes but I also search for work where the artist seems to have managed to put some truth of their Life Or Experience Within Their Work Which or experience within their work which always consider an accomplishment It doesn t need to be technically brilliant and mind blowing it just needs to communicate to me and make me feel something that I think is important for my life and how I relate to this world maybe acts as mirror and helps me see things about myself or about others For me art is about communication that is broad but I can t really figure out specific parameters Yes it transcends mere passing of information it is often ethereal and abstract nebulousOf course I judge art based on my time place pbringing experiences views tastes and am influenced by the people and culture around me but I will never say something is Lord Conrads Lady (Conrad Stargard, universally good or great tastes wax and wane and vary across cultures all that matters is that something speaks tos To project one s personal artistic tastes as being the be all end all definition of what good art is is the height of arrogance and pride imo so you know I kinda gotta throw Huxley in the doghouse on that one because he might be very brilliant in many ways but from the passage Benjamin Dont Read Poetry uotes he strikes me as the kind of guy who thinks his standard is the only standard you can tell this is a subject that really riles mep right haha Benjamin is much nuanced and doesn t fall into this elitist trap so easily Too clever hehe He is about looking at issues and stripping the veneer off the subject matter to get a better look at it look at how the machinery works and how it has evolved He s not blindly denouncing anything that doesn t fit his standard although he is asking piercing Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia uestions that hints at some of hisneasiness
of which is justified for It is a very good essay and hits so many interesting points and there is just so much to talk about But one problem is that I feel he has a fetishization of original object his argument is that reproduction leads to a destruction or withering of aura breaking the art away from tradition and history He seems to place traditional art forms painting on a pedestal I feel he h For every second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might are hardly enough superlatives for this amazing collection of essays concerning Baudelaire Proust Kafka messianism and the aesthetic tension between the cultic and the exhibitional I had read Unpacking My Library a half dozen times previously and it still forces me to catch my breath The thoughts on Kafka explore the mystical as well as the shock of the modern The shock of the rban and industrial is a recurring theme in these pieces Likewise is the dearth of actual experience and the onslaught of involuntary memory It was a strange juxtaposition that this very morning I put down Illuminations and was enjoying my breakfast Before me in the recent Bookforum was an article by Geoff Dyer about August Sander s People of the Twentieth Century Benjamin s idea of aura has likely morphed into something strange over the intervening 70 odd year. Ession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; those collected in this now legendary volume offer the best possible access to his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin's life and work are a prism to his times and identifies him as possessing the rare ability to think poeticall.