Like robert walser walter benjamin from time to time wrote in very small script according to the editors of the walter benjamin archive benjamins miniaturized script is reminiscent of robert walsers pencil system which he used to help him write50 but unlike walser who learnt to play and poeticize in the small and smallest details. In one way street 1928 walter benjamin wrote a popular tradition warns against recounting dreams on an empty stomach in this state though awake one remains under the sway of the dream for washing brings only the surface of the body and the visible motor functions into the light while in the . E arly in the storyteller a collection of short pieces that includes fables and parables diary entries and dream notes the critic walter benjamin 1892 1940 writes of a young girl living and working in the home of a wealthy merchantpreparing to leave her alone in the grand old house the merchant hands her a set of keys now that she is old enough he explains she may do as she pleases . Walter benjamin marcus paul bullock michael william jennings howard eiland gary smith 2002 selected writings 1935 1938 p352 harvard university press the power of a text when it is read is different from the power it has when it is copied out. Though published during his lifetime walter benjamins dream notes and theoretical reflections on dreams are collected here for the first time in a single volume dreams highlights a dimension of benjamins thinking that was invaluable for his writing and thought but which has thus far received little attention collected in two sections the first a record of benjamins dreams and the second
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