Sunday, July 08, 2007

Walter Benjamin





















"Anyone who has ever climbed a mountain on his own and arrived at the top exhausted, and then turns to walk down again with steps that shatter his entire body-- for such a person time hangs loose, the partition walls inside him collapse, and he pushes on through the rubble of the moment as if in a dream. Sometimes he tries to stop, but cannot. Who knows whether it is his thoughts that shatter him, or the roughness of the way? His body has become a kaleidoscope that at each step presents him with ever changing figures of the truth."

-Walter Benjamin, 1932, from Ibizan Sequence, in Selected Writings, Volume 2: 1927-1934, p. 593

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