On Walter Benjamin and changing the format of my blog…

Though I still do continue to read a book a day, I’ve found that for the most part, blogging about a book a day is tedious and time-consuming. I’ve also started working on a new novel (you can check it out and read the first few chapters on Authonomy – here) which is the main reason that I don’t have the time to blog every day.

I will continue to read and post reviews about the books that I am moved to review (or requested to review!) and I also want to start a running list of favorite quotes. Walter Benjamin has long held a hug fascination for me as a writer/philosopher/artist and tragic figure. Just to give you an idea about how awesome he is, here are some quotes:

“The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.”
— Walter Benjamin

“Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.”
— Walter Benjamin

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.”
— Walter Benjamin

He worked for 14 years on an encyclopaedic project called “Arcades” where his intention was to combine the architecture of the “Arcade” with a literary montage of quotations that he organized on hundreds if not thousands of index cards. There is more information about this project here.

I have been collecting favorite quotations for many years myself and would like to have a place to share them with you. Someday perhaps I would like to attempt an “Arcades”-type project myself – I think this is especially relevant in today’s world and to the “Twitter Generation” where our communication with each other and perhaps with ourselves as well is measured by character. Kind of like a quotation.

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