Anamnestic archeology…

“Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theatre. It is the medium of the past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. Above all, he must not be afraid to return again and again to the same matter; to scatter it as one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil.”–Walter Benjamin, “Berlin Childhood”

Anamnesis: A recalling to mind…

 

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Images: WB (July 15, 1892, Berlin, Germany–committed suicide, September 26, 1940, Portbou, Spain); WB in Paris; WB by David Levine (NYRB)

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