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  1. I'm also wondering about Benjamin's relationship to Romanticism...I know some writers on the political left have traditionally criticised Romanticism for being (at best) apolitical and (at worst) supporting fascist ideologies which tend to be about blood and soil (nice organic Romantic things 😉). Of course this is a pretty radical reduction of Romanticism, but...
  2. I don't know a lot about Benjamin, but I suspect that by "aesthetics" he means the poeticization of the political. So by that I think he has in mind the massive rallies in Nazi Germany with thousands of troops marching in unison, the swastikas everywhere, the uniformity of the architecture and so forth.
  3. lol....just kidding. Thanks for the birthday wishes! I know I have been an absentee landlord around here but I've been busy with project deadlines and bla bla bla. Will be around a bit more in the future when things settle down a bit. In the meantime....you guys are simply wonderful for helping support the public side of the site by showing up and contributing when you can. Thanks! ❤️
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    Melbourne Street Paintings

    Some enigmatic street painting I found on the streets of Melbourne earlier this year. They look Aboriginal, but I'm not sure of their origin.
  7. The logical result of Fascism is the introduction of aesthetics into political life. The violation of the masses, whom Fascism, with its Führer cult, forces to their knees, has its counterpart in the violation of an apparatus which is pressed into the production of ritual values. --Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
  8. Cool! Discovered: Lord Byron’s Copy of Frankenstein Signed by Mary Shelley | Open Culture WWW.OPENCULTURE.COM The story behind the writing of Frankenstein is famous. In 1816, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, summering near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, were challenged by Lord Byron to take part in a competition...
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  10. I think its important for everyone to remember that language has a history. the age seems to be marked by authoritarian powers who want to insinuate control over as much of public life as they can, and this usually begins with either abolishing or rewriting history (including "Make America Great Again," which invokes and at the same time erases a mythical Golden Age of American history). This includes attempts to make language static, which does a lot to close down discussion and particularly discussion which reminds us that things change. Look at the word "nigger." That word obviously has a huge emotional charge in America, but it has also been re-appropriated in the last few decades to point to something other than its pejorative meaning (the obvious example: in hip hop and gangsta rap "nigga" tends to mean a fellow black person or gang member or...you get the picture). As you all know I'm an old-fashioned political crank in this respect who is totally in favour of hitting people over the head with these kinds of things, so I support the phrase in the spirit of having dialogue about it.
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  11. I sent you a PM with the password.
  12. Sorry - forgot to include the VIP group in the access. Should be fixed now. 👍
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  14. So I was researching more Jung for my book revisions and ended up looking for a copy of the Jung-White Letters - correspondence between Carl Jung and a pastor by the name of Victor White. The book is either expensive or hard to find, but when I looked on bookfinder.com imagine my surprise when... WTH? Funniest thing about this is that if there actually were a "performance" of this I'd be tempted to go see it....😀

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