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Berlin Childhood around 1900 by Walter Benjamin
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This is a book in a fancy jacket and that made me feel that I did it an injustice by reading it on the subway/train/while walking around. Then again, there is not a whole lot to it, although the part about reaching into the cupboard for a snack is great, and the part about racing down a hill on a bicycle is great. My favorite part is a footnote that explained how the Berlin Tiergarten used to be a forest and as Berlin grew up around it, it was slowly converted into a public park by adding fountains or paths or gardens or whatever. For some reason (the reason being that I grew up in Southern California) the idea of a park arising from a natural space and not from reclaimed wasteland is wonderful.
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