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From Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute N--
It is not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation. In other words, image is dialectics at a standstill. For while the relation of the present to the past is a purely temporal, continuous one, the relation of what-has-been to the now is dialectical: is not progression but image, suddenly emergent.

The dialectical image is an image that emerges suddenly, in a flash. What has been is to be held fast -- as an image flashing up in the now of its recognizability. The rescue that is carried out by these means -- and only by these -- can operate solely for the sake of what in the next moment is already irretrievably lost.

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From: e4q Date: October 31st, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
that's a truly lovely fresh photo.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! It looks pretty good for the 2000 digital version of a pre-digital 35mm negative. Many of the digital images I paid extra for back then look washed out. But the batch this one came from is one of the best. I love the angle, with little Skylar still looming towards me.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: October 31st, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I loveloveloveLOVE Convolute N. And Benjamin. And so much--so much of this. And this is a really lovely photo.

I am sitting here in the library right now as the live-action dialectical image of my own past self. Plans to dress as a cat for Halloween fell through on account of a striking lack of ears at three different stores. So I raided my closet and am dressed as an extravagantly hippied-out version my high school self, who is fervently hoping her feet don't freeze in those sandals she wore all through college.

Also hoping your asthma eases up soon!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I hope you wore Birkenstocks with that outfit! But, yes, you did look eerily like the undergrad self that I first remember seeing, right down to the bright, red eyes. . .


And, hooray for Benjamin!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: November 2nd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ha! I always was a bit possessed, I suppose. At least this time I can blame it on being in character for the holiday. Really, I just need to figure out how to work my parents' old camera.

Not Birks but rather the same exact shoes I wore all through college--the ones that recently needed new buckles which then gave me blisters. But slowly and surely I am outsmarting the pointy nasty buckles because I am crafty like that. And I love those sandals so damn much.

I am going to what I hope will be a most Benjamin-tastic talk on Monday hosted by German studies. At long last, last years postponed talk by one of my favorite Sebald critics (Julia Hell) will be taking place. Thank goodness German Prof remembered to remind me...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oooh, awesome. Tell me how the talk went. I'd forgotten that those shoes I remember so well were not, in fact, Birkenstocks, if you'd told me, which I'm pretty sure you had.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: November 3rd, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'll report back on the talk, of course. I do think I mentioned it about the shoes once or twice--but I always feel a bit bad because outing the fact that they're Docs just like the shoes I wore religiously every winter somehow seemed to wreak havoc on your cultural studies brain. Or something. I did own a pair of Birkenstocks back in high school, before I splurged for first Doc knock-offs and then the Doc sandals. I do love those shoes...
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: October 31st, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
is that near willcox? there's a pumpkin patch out there.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, good spotting! I love going out there. We haven't made the trip the last two years. But it's so much fun.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: November 1st, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i went last year, and the year BEFORE the year before last year. i wanted to go this year, but it was just too far to drive...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Especially when you're borrowing a car. I wonder if they still have apples at the apple place.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: November 1st, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

it only goes through october... certainly they'd be open through the fall, though...?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 2nd, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wonder. I don't understand the seasons in these parts.
From: babyiwasshot Date: October 31st, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"[an individual's] real existence is only in the present, whose unimpeded flight into the past is a constant transition into death...the present in his hands is constantly becoming the past; the future is quite uncertain and always short. Thus his existence, even considered from the formal side alone, is a continual rushing of the present into the dead past."--Schopenhauer
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Nice! Do you like Schopenhauer? We have a graduate student whom you mighy like to converse with if that's the case. He's a real expert.
From: babyiwasshot Date: November 1st, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love Schopenhauer; he correctly sees life as an incessant struggle.

What's this guy's name? I'd probably be doing more listening than conversing, seeing as I'm not an expert.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 2nd, 2007 02:51 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I mean, he really knows his Schopenhauer. It's Drew Kopp.
From: babyiwasshot Date: November 2nd, 2007 05:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Alrighty. I just downloaded a paper he wrote regarding Schopenhauer's influence on Nietzsche (my two favorite philosophers, in fact--sadly, I say that as if i'm talking about ice-cream flavors).

I'll read that first; something about attempting to have an intellectual discussion with a professional not formally charged with the task of instructing me is daunting. "What's his/her incentive to listen or waste his/her time on a measley undergrad if he/she is not getting payed," I wonder.

Moreover, the fact that even you defer to his wisdom of Schopenhauer is intimidating.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, he loves talking about Schopenhauer. He's quirky, too, so that helps to limit the intimidation factor. I'm sure he'd be pleased to meet someone who shares his interests. Most of us theory-minded-types incline in different directions. I'm more of a Wittgenstein guy, for example, when I turn to philosophy and more interested in the Nietzsche-Foucault conjuncture than the Schopenhauer-Nietzsche one. But Drew is thoroughly Schopenhauerian.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: November 1st, 2007 07:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That picture makes me miss SE-AZ, as we called it in my day.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was sad to miss a trip to Willcox this year. We went to Buckelew Farms for the pumpkin patch, which is pretty cool but lacks the crisper air of the one in Willcox. You know, I've only been through Tombstone once and didn't stop. You'll have to take me on a trip there one day to see the famous rose.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: November 2nd, 2007 01:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, absolutely. Day trips with friends who've never been are always fun. The rosebush is the only natural thing in that whole town.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 2nd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And native. . .

Well, perhaps that's asking too much.

You should check out the entry Kim wrote about the Tombstone-bound head case we encountered on our flight back to Tucson from Newark.
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