stones_cutter (stones_cutter) wrote,


Benjamin's essays are so much to date these days for me. He has a miraculous way of catching the guts of things he talks about. Yet it is more about the wrap of his thought that I admire more, not implications (rather contestable at times). For another thing, this impressionism on the level of verbal expression, when a mental map is painted with dots, each representing a small detail (visual or other), is terrific.

"The wretched level of pictorial advertising is the only similarity between Paris and Moscow". It's from the short "Moscow" essay stuffed with ideas. Their concentration is by far the thickest I've ever come across in any memoir-like pieces.
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