Eating lists

Posted by homoludo on January 9th, 2009 filed in theory, time travel, writing

I’m kind of eating end of year lists at the moment, the ultimate guilty pleasure. I didn’t do my round up this year(which is really more of a survey of mates and peers). Wasn’t feeling doing it for some reason, was more feeling this perineal -

A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress. – Walter Benjamin

Angelus novus


5 Responses to “Eating lists”

  1. krossie Says:

    I love the man Benjamin so much – Ernst Bloch too – Great stuff and well done on last night!!

    kp

  2. Lisa Says:

    The quote you posted from Walter Benjamin is from “On the Concept of History” and you quoted it wrong.

  3. homoludo Says:

    Wrongly.

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