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Conversations with Brecht

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Benjamin, W. (2007). Conversations with Brecht. In Brecht, B. et al Aesthetics and Politics. Verso, pp. 86-99

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[...] In Kafka, then, the parabolic element is in conflict with the visionary element. But Kafka as a visionary, says Brecht, saw what was coming without seeing what is. [...] Kafka had one problem and one only, he says, and that was the problem of organization. He was terrified by the thought of the empire of ants: the thought of men being alienated from themselves by the forms of their life in society. And he anticipated certain forms of this alienation, e.g. the methods of the GPU. But he never found a solution and never awoke from his nightmare. Brecht says of Kafka's precision that it is the precision of an imprecise man, a dreamer.

I love the way Benjamin writes about Brecht. similar to Watson on Holmes: respect mixed with resentment

—p.88 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago

[...] In Kafka, then, the parabolic element is in conflict with the visionary element. But Kafka as a visionary, says Brecht, saw what was coming without seeing what is. [...] Kafka had one problem and one only, he says, and that was the problem of organization. He was terrified by the thought of the empire of ants: the thought of men being alienated from themselves by the forms of their life in society. And he anticipated certain forms of this alienation, e.g. the methods of the GPU. But he never found a solution and never awoke from his nightmare. Brecht says of Kafka's precision that it is the precision of an imprecise man, a dreamer.

I love the way Benjamin writes about Brecht. similar to Watson on Holmes: respect mixed with resentment

—p.88 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago

(noun) a group of unofficial often secret and scheming advisers / (noun) cabal

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those who have appropriate the theoretical doctrines of Marx and taken over their management will always form a clerical camarilla

a theory of Brecht's lol

—p.94 by Walter Benjamin
notable
2 years, 2 months ago

those who have appropriate the theoretical doctrines of Marx and taken over their management will always form a clerical camarilla

a theory of Brecht's lol

—p.94 by Walter Benjamin
notable
2 years, 2 months ago
96

25 July. Yesterday morning Brecht came over to my place to read me his Stalin poem, which is entitled 'The Peasant to his Ox'. At first I did not get its point, and when a moment later the thought of Stalin passed through my head, I did not dare entertain it. This was more or less the effect Brecht intended, and he explained what he meant in the conversation which followed. [...]

just, lol

—p.96 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago

25 July. Yesterday morning Brecht came over to my place to read me his Stalin poem, which is entitled 'The Peasant to his Ox'. At first I did not get its point, and when a moment later the thought of Stalin passed through my head, I did not dare entertain it. This was more or less the effect Brecht intended, and he explained what he meant in the conversation which followed. [...]

just, lol

—p.96 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago
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26 July. Brecht, last night: 'There can't be any doubt about it any longer: the struggle against ideology has become a new ideology.'

—p.97 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago

26 July. Brecht, last night: 'There can't be any doubt about it any longer: the struggle against ideology has become a new ideology.'

—p.97 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago
99

Early August. 'In Russia there is dictatorship over the proletariat. We should avoid dissociating ourselves from this dictatorship for as long as it still does useful work for the proletariat--i.e. so long as it contributes towards a reconciliation between the proletariat and the peasantry, giving prime recognition to proletarian interests.' A few days later Brecht spoke of a 'workers' monarchy', and I compared this creature with certain grotesque sports of nature dredged up from the depths of the sea in the form of horned fish or other monsters.

rolling on the floor here

—p.99 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago

Early August. 'In Russia there is dictatorship over the proletariat. We should avoid dissociating ourselves from this dictatorship for as long as it still does useful work for the proletariat--i.e. so long as it contributes towards a reconciliation between the proletariat and the peasantry, giving prime recognition to proletarian interests.' A few days later Brecht spoke of a 'workers' monarchy', and I compared this creature with certain grotesque sports of nature dredged up from the depths of the sea in the form of horned fish or other monsters.

rolling on the floor here

—p.99 by Walter Benjamin 2 years, 2 months ago