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April 25, 2007

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Black Rim Glasses

Ethan Kaplan’s blog is consistently good. Witness this post on user-generated content where he brings it around to Walter Benjamin in the end. He is a technology guy (perhaps… THE technology guy?) at Warner Brothers Records, so he straddles the line between new worlds and old in interesting ways. Worth subscribing.

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Posted April 25, 2007 at 9:30 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Recommended, Technosnark

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When I see Snarkmarket (5) in Google Reader, it makes me happy.

I just started "The Ghost Map," by Steven Johnson. For the preface he uses a Walter Benjamin quote I didn't know that knocked me out:

"A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress."

–Walter Benjamin
On the Concept of History

The Angel of History has made an appearance on Snarkmarket before -- courtesy of Tim, of course. It really is a riveting image & metaphor. This part in particular:

"The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise..."

Wow.

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