Tag Archives: Walter Benjamin

Imaging Paris: Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas, Paris. [Photo by deneux_jacques] Thanks to deneux_jacques for sharing this image in the Creative Commons. See his superb photo set, Ah, Paris! Imaging Paris documents places in the city and the images that inhabit them. “Just as … Continue reading






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Walter Benjamin: Art & Mechanical Reproduction

I’ve alluded several times to Walter Benjamin’s 1937 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” I cited it as a kind of shorthand for several ideas that I want to explore in a blind flaneur. After … Continue reading






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Georgia On My Mind, and Yours

Photo portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918. [Source: Wikimedia Commons] In my day job I’ve always regarded network administration with a certain suspicion. It’s a sprawling university network and you have to arm-wrestle with an army of geekish … Continue reading






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Foot Rage and the Blind Flaneur

As I have lost eyesight over the past thirty years, walking has been the simplest and most dependable solution to the functional limitations of my disability. When I stopped driving cars at age eighteen, walking was the mode of transportation … Continue reading






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The Diva’s Diva: Cecilia Bartoli on Maria Malibran

François Bouchot. Maria Malibran. Louvre, Paris [Source: Wikimedia Commons] She was a Spanish diva who was born in Paris. She debuted in London and introduced the first Italian operas performed in New York. In her brief, tempestuous life (1808 -1836), … Continue reading






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