The problem of time (intermittences) treated under the rubric “Roulette.
—Walter Benjamin (via eideticfields)
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.
—Walter Benjamin (via iamangeline)
Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia I. 1512. Engraving, 239 x 189 mm.[T]he concept of the pathological state, in which the most simple object appears to be a symbol of some enigmatic wisdom because it lacks any natural, creative relationship to us, was set in an incomparably productive context. It accords with this that in the proximity of Albrecht Dürer’s figure, Melencolia I, the utensils of active life are lying around unused on the floor, as objects of contemplation.
There is one symbol that seems to have been passed over in the rediscovery of the older symbols of melancholy embodied in this engraving…This is the stone…It may be that all that is to be seen in the emblem of the stone are the most obvious features of the cold, dry earth. But it is quite conceivable…[and] by no means improbable, that in this inert mass there is a reference to the genuinely theological conception of the melancholic, which is to be found in one of the seven deadly sins. This is acedia, dullness of the heart, or sloth.
Walter Benjamin, The Origin of the German Tragic Drama, trans. John Osborne. (London: Verso, 2003). 140, 155.
The sight of immediate reality has become an orchid in the land of technology.
—Walter Benjamin, in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936)
How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!
—Walter Benjamin (via ciutats)
Walter Benjamin’s Paris address book.
Walter Benjamin died after ingesting morphine, probably a suicide, on this day in 1940 at Portbou on the French-Spanish border.