Playlist · by Kenkrimstein
7 episodes, 5 hours 11 mins
Three Deaths – Josip Novakovich
A sliver of a book unfolds as a triptych, brilliant and beautiful, the subtlest of writing making the greatest of waves. Featuring Walter Benjamin.
Michael Gorra, “The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany” (Princeton UP, 2006)
Despite being Germany’s most famous literary lion, in 1786 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had to jump on a mail coach incognito to begin his travels to Italy (of course, he asked permission first from his patron the duke Karl August). InThe Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany (Princeton University Press, 2006),Michael Gorratakes the reader on a reverse journey, for it is by slipping in “incognito” that we will begin to find Germany in all its imponderables. The result of a year’s sabbatical residence in Hamburg, this book is a deep and discursive exploration of a country with millennia of history, and it explores how Germany’s dark role during the twentieth century weaves in and out of the everyday in the twenty-first. The travel companions Gorra invites along are an exceptional group: Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin, W. G. Sebald, Bruce Chatwin. They all have looked at traveling through a kaleidoscopic lens and do not follow the linear as much as channel the essence of ph...
Ferber - Photography and Sadness
A philosophical discussion of the emergence of the new media cannot be limited to the analysis of the structure and inner logic of the different media themselves. Its importance is in raising the abiding philosophical predicaments of human experience, feeling and knowledge. Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes are both famous for their writings about photography; their discussion, however, is not limited to the nature of the medium itself, but provokes a series of questions referring to the unbreakable connection between photography and feeling, specifically, sadness. This talk seeks to trace the connection between the photographic medium and feeling as it appears in Benjamin and Barthes, so as to argue that the uniqueness of this medium lies not in the way it captures or represents feeling, but rather in its ability to evoke it. Benjamin’s and Barthes’ investigation of the photographic medium is shown to be an investigation of the nature of human feelings and its fundamental connec...
Benjamin, Redemption, History 
In this episode, the podcast reviews take a more literary turn. Eric and Jake then talk about Walter Benjamin's text, "On the Concept of History." Jake also provides a film pairing... If you're following along with the reading, next week's "Anti-Columbus Day" episode will be on Leanne Simpson's "Indigenous Resurgence"... and it will be our FIRST guest episode, featuring Tonisha Begay! If you like our work, support us on Patreon! --> Patreon.com/PTRPodcast Thanks to Matt Baker for our artwork, and to Luxury Cloud Service for the tunes!
Walter Benjamin Meets the Cosmics
Professor Richard Wolin (CUNY) delivers a talk on 'Walter Benjamin Meets the Cosmics' for the TORCH Crisis, Extremes, and Apocalypse network. The “Cosmic Circle” was a Männerbund (society of men), anchored by the inimitable Stefan George, that prowled the Bohemian districts of fin-de-siècle Munich. Its members were committed aesthetes who celebrated matriarchy and hierarchy, engaged in séances and bacchanalia, and, during the late 1890s, hatched a improbable scheme to awaken a comatose Nietzsche through free form dance. They flirted with Ariosophy and contributed to Stefan George’s yearbook, Blätter für die Kunst, which unashamedly featured a swastika on its cover. Among its members were: Ludwig Klages, Alfred Schuler, and Karl Wolfskehl – the so-called “Jewish Cosmic.” Walter Benjamin eulogized the Cosmics: he corresponded with Klages and employed their ideas as the methodological cornerstone of his celebrated Arcades Project. Why did he revere their work, and why has th...
Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller
Curator Gareth Evans and scholar Esther Leslie discussed the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, published in *[The Storyteller]* (Verso) in English translation for the first time. The actor Flossie Draper, Walter Benjamin’s great-grand-daughter, gave readings from the book. His stories revel in the erotic tensions of city life, cross the threshold between rational and hallucinatory realms, celebrate the importance of games, delve into the peculiar relationship between gambling and fortune-telling, and explore, in an intriguingly different way, many of the themes that are familiar from Benjamin's philosophical work. The novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables and riddles in this collection are brought to life by the playful imagery of Paul Klee. *The Storyteller* has been translated and edited by Sam Dolbear, Esther Leslie and Sebastian Truskolaski. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Brian Dillon and Esther Leslie on Walter Benjamin
Seventy-five years ago, on 26 September 1940, perhaps the 20th century's greatest cultural critic died in a small town on the Spanish border as he attempted to leave France, escaping the Nazis. This summer, writer and commentator Brian Dillon imagined a retracing of Benjamin's steps, tracking his life's work to that terminus in the Pyrenees. Scholar and Benjamin biographer Esther Leslie has recently edited and translated Benjamin's *On Photography* (Reaktion Books) and translated his *Archive* (Verso Books). Together they considered the extraordinary range, achievement and reach of this remarkable and hugely influential writer. The evening was hosted by Gareth Evans. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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