How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!” – Walter Benjamin: “Unpacking my Library”. I am unpacking . 24 Aug Last night, in the midst of moving books all over my house, I took the opportunity to revisit Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library. 30 Apr Walter Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library” Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. Ed. Hannah Arendt. Schocken Books; New York,

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So I accumulated and accumulated, easily owning over 3, books at one point. And interspersed throughout the rest of the shelves are the books, too many to name, that made me and sustained me as a scholar.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. With its eclectic, often radical, selection of fiction and non, it is easily idealized, even now, as an ongoing site for those great benjzmin and philosophical conversations.

Unpacking My Library: On Book Collecting – The Toast

This is emphasized when Benjamin suggests that most books in a library are not actually read by the owner. Subscribe to comments with RSS. View all posts by David Yamane. So I have erected one of his dwellings, with behjamin as the building stones, before you, and now he is going to disappear inside, as is only fitting.

Reflections on Walter Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library” on the Occasion of Unpacking My Library

It is a little ironic that the book or object is not the ultimate pleasure of collecting but it also incorporates the thrill of acquisition and the history of benjzmin object: Kiersten said, on June 1, at 1: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in waler pursuit of books! But one thing should be noted: Here there are few spectacular items.


A Talk about Book Collecting. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Then, this month, at 29, I came back to visit my four year old niece and one year old nephew. What did she want? It was founded in by Peter D. You should know that in saying this I fully realize that my discussion of the mental climate of collecting will confirm many of you walteg your conviction that this passion is behind the times, in your distrust of the waltef type.

These things overshadow the functional, utilitarian aspect of the object.

How, we might ask, are these objects reawakened, reanimated by both Cimino the collector, and this, the institution, the museum? One of the things I love most about City Lights is how it lives and breathes.

Here descriptive labels sometimes ramble on, other times are absent altogether. Apart from buying books in stores auctions are another arena for buying books but this can be more dangerous as the collector needs to pay attention not only to the books but also to other bidders.

They embody the places I have been, people I have known, classes I have taken, research projects I have undertaken or have wanted to undertake or may yet undertake.

Collectors are people with a tactical instinct; their experience teaches them that when they capture a strange city, the smallest antique shop can be a fortress, the most remote stationery store a key position.

Also, auctions can allow collectors to get carried away with winning the bid. Email required Address never made public. So, like Walter Benjamin, rather than the book being defined by what it says, by what is written inside, the book is defined for me by where it comes from and who I was when I ,y it.


Conrad, Melville, Joyce for Kerouac. Fill in your wapter below or click an icon to log in: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This museum, like so many museums, tells us as much about how Cimino wants us to see the world than it does about how we already see it.

Benamin no one has less been expected, and no one has had a greater sense of well-being than the man who has been able to carry on his disreputable existence in the mask of Spitzweg,’s “Bookworm.

Sociologist at Wake Forest U, student of gun culture, tennis player, racket stringer MRTwhisk e y drinker, bow-tie wearer, father, husband. I am unpacking my library. These are the very areas in which any order is a balancing act of extreme precariousness. There are no original manuscripts or confidential correspondence; the artifacts on display did not, by and large, play a pivotal part in History with a capital H.

Thus it is, in the highest sense, the attitude of an heir, and the most distinguished trait of a collection will always be its transmissibility.

Here the whole collection is on display—things piled in display cases and photos plastered on walls—regardless of how well it makes any overarching argument or how convincingly it tells a coherent narrative.