Notes, writing, diagrams, and index symbols by Walter Benjamin


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes


Walter Benjamin notes

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reblogging austinkleon:

Alan Wall’s reflections on Benjamin:

“Of all writers Benjamin was the most aware of the technologies that made writing possible. Although there had been ‘reservoir pens’ of one sort or another for centuries, the nineteenth century delivered the first true fountain pens (and a little later ball-point pens). These eliminated the need for the nib to be kept in close proximity to an inkpot, thus making the activity of writing more itinerant. And Benjamin was certainly an itinerant writer, writing in apartments, libraries, cafes and bars. He carried his pens and his notebooks around, as he often did copies of some of the images that most engaged him. He was a mobile intelligence unit moving through the streets of a city. ”

On his notation system for The Arcades Project:

“[Benjamin] attempted “to integrate the principle of the montage as an epistemological technique.” Color charts, schemata, and diagrams act as guiding principles to navigate the thicket of excerpts and quotations. Benjamin’s personal color-coding shows an attempt to make order within the vast constellation of his own notes—a tension between an impulse toward structure and the potential of the open field of his interests.”

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