Walter Benjamin

Thom Vernon's Reading List, 2000-2010

I am one of those jerks who survey other people's bookshelves. I do my best to get sight of a pattern or a trail: Books for Dummies, Nietzsche, the Bible. I spy for social comfort and to discover common ground. Books hold our private and public intellectual bodies. They are the infrastructure of our lives.

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Open Book on the philosophy of Saudade

By Nitin Deckha
Open Book Toronto
July 30 3560

Anik See's Saudade (Coach House Books) reminds me of the work of another writer of place: the German-Jewish writer Walter Benjamin. In one of his posthumous anthologies of writings, Illuminations, Benjamin muses about the differences of history and memory, and elaborates his notion of the flaneur.

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