Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Essay: "Hashish in Marseilles." Walter Benjamin.

Review: Memories of the intoxication after taking Hashish as he walks around Marseilles. The description is often disjointed.

Quote: “Versailles, for one who has taken hashish, is not too large, or eternity too long. Against the background of these immense dimensions of inner experience, of absolute duration and immeasurable space….”

Quote: “I strolled along the quay and read one after another the names of the boats tied up there. As I did so, an incomprehensible gaiety came over me, and I smiled in turn at all the Christian names of France.”

Quote: “To begin to solve the riddle of the ecstasy of trance, one ought to meditate on Ariadne’s thread.”

Quote: “In the night the trance cuts itself off from everyday reality with fine prismatic edges; it forms a kind of figure and is more easily memorable. I should like to say: it shrinks and takes on the form of a flower.”

The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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