A Dramatic Tale

Act 1 Scene 1 Early morning. A provincial railway platform. The place is falling into disrepair: graffiti; defunct vending machines; a boarded-up café. A Man, probably in his late thirties, walks along the edge of the platform. Intermittently he stops and, stooping, sifts through the gravel chips on the tracks. Mostly he flings the things… Continue reading A Dramatic Tale

Library Finds

13th February, 2017

Today, for no reason I selected Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project from a shelf in the library. Hesitating before the substantial tome, I read what was available to the unsubscribed browser of T.J. Clark’s review of the momentous Harvard University Press translation of 1999, on the LRB website. Clark is evasive but offers enough to give… Continue reading 13th February, 2017