Craig Schuftan

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The Smell of Commerce in the Morning

'Markets are the orgies of the early morning; and as Jean Paul would have said, hunger rings in the day, as love rings it out... But when I dressed and went downstairs, ready to make my entrance on the stage, its entire freshness and glory vanished. I realised that all the gifts of the morning hours are like sunrise: best enjoyed from a distance. And wasn't the light that had been shining on these delicately checkered cobblestones the faint red sunrise of commerce? Now it all laid buried beneath paper and rubbish. Insead of dancing and music, there was now nothing but exchange and trade. Nothing can vanish as irretrievably as a morning.'

kevin smith | mallrats | walter benjamin

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Tiger's Leap

History is the subject of a structure whose site is not homogenous, empty time, but time filled by the presence of the now. [Jetztzeit]. Thus, to Robespierre ancient Rome was a past charged with the time of the now which he blasted out of the continuum of history. The French Revolution viewed itself as Rome incarnate. It evoked ancient Rome the way fashion evokes costumes of the past. Fashion has a flair for the topical, no matter where it stirs in the thickets of long ago; it is a tiger’s leap into the past. This jump, however, takes place in an arena where the ruling class give the commands. The same leap in the open air of history is the

beyonce | mrs carter tour | walter benjamin | philosophy of history


The weak become heroes

'The class struggle is a fight for the crude and material things without which no refined and spiritual things could exist. Nevertheless, it is not in the form of the spoils which fall to the victor that the latter make their presence felt in the class struggle. They manifest themselves in this struggle as courage, humour, cunning and fortitude. They have retroactive force and will constantly call in question every victory, past and present, of the rulers. As flowers turn toward the sun, by dint of a secret heliotropism the past strives to turn toward that sun which is rising in the sky of history.'

the streets | mike skinner | walter benjamin | class struggle


The Gothic Aura

"For the first time in history, mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitic dependence on ritual."

pavement | walter benjamin