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Since , Irenia has gone through a series of obstacles, but she kept forging ahead to achieve her dreams. Irenia moved to Wisconsin in , in hopes of some serious soul searching.

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In , Irenia met the one person that made her see beyond all the pain and anguish. In , the hard copy was made available. In , Irenia decided returned back to Monterey County. Irenia continued to write. About Publish Join Sign In. For example, one could speak of an unforgettable life or moment even if all men had forgotten them. If the nature of such a life or moment required that it not be forgotten, that predicate would not contain a falsehood but merely a claim that is not being fulfilled by men, and perhaps also a reference to a realm in which it is fulfilled: God's remembrance" ibid.

Benjamin later gave up this theological background but not the theory and not his method of drilling to obtain the essential in the form of quotations-as one obtains water by drilling for it from a source concealed in the depths of the earth. This method is like the modern equivalent of ritual invocations, and the spirits that now arise invariably are those spiritual essences from a past that have suffered the Shake-. For Benjamin to quote is to name, and naming rather than speaking, the word rather than the sentence, brings truth to light.

As one may read in the preface to the Origin of German Tragedy, Benjamin regarded truth as an exclusively acoustical phenomenon: "Not Plato but Adam," who gave things their. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom of our po1itical existence-that is, at the bottom of the sea-for as long as we use the word "politics. They are absolutely right: in the final analysis all problems are linguistic problems; they simply do not know the implications of what they are saying.

But Benjamin, who could not yet have read Wittgenstein, let alone his successors, knew a great deal about these very things, because from the beginning the problem of truth had presented itself to him as a "revelation H To him, therefore, language was by no means primarily the gift of speech which distinguishes man from other living beings, but, on the contrary, "the world essence.

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Briefe I, , which incidentally comes quite close to Heidegger's position that "man can speak only insofar as he is the sayer. That is why Benjamin places at the center of his essay "The Task of the Translator" the astonishing quotation from Mallarme in which the spoken languages in their multiplicity and diversity suffocate, as it were, by virtue of their Babel-like tumult, the "immortelle parole," which cannot even be thought, since "thinking is writing without implement or whispers, silently," and thus prevent tPe voice of truth from being heard on earth with the force of material, tangible evidence.

Whatever theoretical revisions Benjamin may subsequently have made in these theological-metaphysical convictions, his basic approach, decisive for all his literary studies, remained unchanged: not to investigate the utilitarian or communicative functions of linguistic creations, but to understand them in their crystallized and thus ultimately fragmentary form as intentionless and noncommunicative utterances of a "world essence.

And this is precisely what the last sentence of the Mallarme aphorism, which he does not quote, says in unequivocal clarity: "Seulement, sachons n'existerait pas Ie vers: lui, philosophiquement remunere Ie deftlUt des langues, complement superieur"-all this were true jf poetry did not exist, the poem that philosophically makes good the defect of languages, is their superior complement. And this thinking, fed by the present, works with the "thought fragments" it can wrest from the past and gather about itself.

The following references are to these editions. Yearbook of the Leo Baeek Institute, , p. The classical description of the flaneur occurs in Baudelaire's famous essay on Constantin Guys "Le Peintre de la vie moderne"see Pleiade edition, pp. Benjamin frequendy refers to it indirectly and quotes from it in the Baudelaire essay.

Both have recently reiterated this-Scholem in his Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture of , in which he said, "I am inclined to consider Brecht's influence on Benjamin's output in the thirties baleful, and in some respects disastrous," and Adorno in a statement to his disciple Rolf Tiedemann according to which Benjamin admitted to Adorno that he had written "his essay on the Work of Art in order to outdo Brecht, whom he was afraid of, in radicalism" quoted in Rolf Tiedemann, Studien zur Philosophie Walter Benjamins, Frankfurt, , p.

It is improbable that Benjamin should have expressed fear of Brecht, and Adorno seems not to claim that he did. As for the rest of the statement, it is, unfortunately, all too likely that Benjamin made it because he was afraid of Adorno. It is true that Benjamin was very shy in his dealings with people he had not known since his youth, but he was afraid only of people he was dependent upon.

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Such a dependence on Brecht would have come about only if he had followed Brecht's suggestion that he move from Paris to Brecht's vicinity in considerably less expensive Denmark. In the review of the Dreigroschenro'1nlln.

Versuche tibet Brecht, Frankfurt, , p. It now seems that nearly everything has been saved. The manuscripts hidden in Paris were, in accordance with Benjamin's instructions, sent to Theodor W. Adorno; according to Tiedemann op. I2 , they are now in Adorno's 'lprivate collection" in FrankI. Introduction furta Reprints and copies of most texts are also in Gershom Scholem's personal collection in Jerusalem. The material confiscated by the Gestapo has turned up in the German Democratic Republic. Max Rychner, the recently deceased editor of the Neue Schweizer Rundschau, was one of the most cultivated and most refined figures in the intellectual life of the time.

Kafka, whose outlook on these matters was more realistic than that of any of his contemporaries, said that "the father complex which is the intellectual nourishment of many Franz Kafka, Tagebiicher, p. Franz Kafka, Briefe, p. See Versuche tiber Brecht, p. Brecht, for instance, told Benjamin that his essay on Kafka gave aid and comfort to Jewish Fascism.

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See Versucbe, p. Illuminations Franz Kafka t Briefe, p. In the above-mentioned article Pierre Missac deals with the. One is immediately reminded of Brecht's poem "On the Poor B. Von diesen Stiidten wird bleiben: der durch sie hi'lldurchging, der Windl Frohlich machet das Haus den Esser: ef leert es.

Wir wissen, dass wir Vorliiufige sind Und nach uns wird kommen: nichts Nennenswertes. He cleans it out.

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Worth noting, too, is a remarkable aphorism of Kafka in the "Notes from the Year " under the title "He": "Everything he does appears to him' extraordinarily new but also, because of the impossible abundance of the new, extraordinarily amateurish, indeed hardly tolerable, incapable of becoming historical, tearing asunder the chain of generations, breaking off for the first time the music of the world which until now could at least be divined in all its depth. La seule raison pour laquelle II pouvait durer, c'est qu'elle ex;ste.

Que cette raison est faible, comparee d toutes celles qui annoncent Ie contrairc, partlculierement a celJe-ci: qu'est-ce que Ie mondc a de.. Quant a moi qui sens quelquefois en mol Ie ridicule d'un prophete, je sais que ie n'y tTouverai jamais la cbarite d'un medecin. Perdu dans ce vilain monde, coudoye par les foules, ie suis comme un bomme lasse dont J' oeil ne volt en arriere, dans les annee!

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Introduction 2. Kafka, Briefe, p. For the aphorism by Mallarme, see "Variations sur un sujet". I am unpacking my library. Yes, I am. I cannot march up and down their ranks to pass them in review before a friendly audience. You need not fear any of that. Instead, I must ask you to join me in the disorder of crates that have been wrenched open, the air saturated with the dust of wood, the floor covered with tom paper, to join me among piles of volumes that are seeing daylight again after two years of darkness, so that you may be ready to share with me a bit of the mood-it is certainly not an elegiac mood but, rather, one of anticipation-which these books arouse in a genuine collector.

For such a man is speaking to you, and on closer scrutiny he proves to be speaking only about himself. Would it not be presumptuous of me if, in order to appear convincingly objective and down-toearth, I enumerated for you the main sections or prize pieces of a library, if I presented you with their history or even their usefulness to a writer? I, for one, have in mind something less obscure, something more palpable than that; what I am really con.. If I do this by elaborating on the various ways of acquiring books, this is something entirely arbitrary.

This or any other procedure is merely a -dam against the spring tide of memories which surges toward any collector as he contemplates his possessions. Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories. More than that: the chance, the fate, that suffuse the past before my eyes are conspicuously present in the accustomed confusion of these books. For what else is this collection but a disorder to which habit has accommodated itself to such an extent that it can appear as order?

You have all heard of people whom the loss of their books has turned into invalids, or of those who in order to acquire them became criminals. These are the very areas in which any order is a balancing act of extreme precariousness. Thus there is in the life of a collector a dialectical tension between the poles of disorder and order. The most profound enchantment for the collector is the locking of individual items within a magic circle in which they are fixed as the final thrill, the thrill of acquisition, passes over them.

Everything remembered and thought, everything conscious, becomes the pedestal, the frame, the base, the lock of his property. The period, the region, the craftsmanship, the former ownership-for a true collector the whole background of an item adds up to a magic encyclopedia whose quintessence is the fate of his object. James Fyre. James E.

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