The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin
Skip to content. Rosenthal, Michael A. Walter Benjamin wrote about gambling during his youth and the topic remained important through his project on the Parisian arcades that dominated the last decade of his life. In the Arcades, Benjamin analyzes gambling in relation to capitalism, religion, and psychoanalysis, and to our experience of time.
Seek for food and clothing first, then. In this vale which resounds with mystery. We need history, but not the way a spoiled.
An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism , Romanticism , Western Marxism , and Jewish mysticism , Benjamin made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory , literary criticism , and historical materialism. He was associated with the Frankfurt School , and also maintained formative friendships with thinkers such as playwright Bertolt Brecht and Kabbalah scholar Gershom Scholem. His major work as a literary critic included essays on Baudelaire , Goethe , Kafka , Kraus , Leskov , Proust , Walser , and translation theory.