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The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin
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Apr 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: sociological, philosophy

I'm not certain how to coherently talk about the Arcades Project or if something like "coherently talking" is even appropriate given the nature of this beast. Baudillare, The Flaneur, examinations into boredom, the role of architecture in turning people into ever greater consumers and commodities, the failures of capitalism and heavy industry, 19th century fashion... ad infinitum. The one thing I think I can say confidently about these 1000+ pages of fragments is that they are next to impossible to reduce to any one thing. If you want to get into Benjamin, this is definitely not the place to start. This is the final, unfinished expression of a singular intellect.
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April 15, 2009 – Shelved
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April 29, 2009 – Finished Reading
July 4, 2009 – Shelved as: sociological
July 4, 2009 – Shelved as: philosophy

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