Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin's writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin. He moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the twentieth century. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.
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in Baudelaire . Only Baudelaire hated as Kraus did the satiety of healthy common
sense , and the compromise that intellectuals made with it in order to find shelter
in journalism . Journalism is betrayal of the literary life , of mind , of the demon .
It is not removed from the realm of guilt that he has traversed from pole to pole :
from mind to sexuality : In face of this reality , however , to which Kraus exposed
himself more harrowingly than any other , the " pure mind ” that his followers ...
For this latter thesis runs : the deeper , i.e. , the more existent and real the mind ,
the more it is inexpressible and unexpressed , whereas it is consistent with the
equation proposed above to make the relation between mind and language ...
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