Saturday, March 7, 2009

Walt and Walt

Rereading Pater -
...he found it pleasant to think of the resistless element which left one hardly a foot-space amidst the yielding sand; of the old beds of lost rivers, surviving now only as deeper channels of the sea...("Sebastian van Storck" from Imaginary Portraits)

- I was reminded of Benjamin: work of art becomes a creation with entirely new functions, among which the one we are conscious of, the artistic function, later may be recognized as incidental. ("The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction")

Of course, the perceived affinity might also have something to do with the covers of the two books:

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