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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Loitering at the rear / you never need fear / neurasthenia . ” If I write better
German than most writers of my generation , it is thanks largely to twenty years '
observance of one little rule : never use the word " I " except in letters . The
exceptions to ...
Kraus never offered an argument that had not engaged his whole person . Thus
he embodies the secret of authority : never to disappoint . Authority has no other
end than this : it dies or it disappoints . It is not in the least undermined by what ...
This is why he insists on them , demanding them of existence like an actor who
never forgives a partner for denying him his cue . The Offenbach readings , the
recital of couplets from Nestroy , are bereft of all musical means . The word never
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