“A MONUMENTAL MONSTROSITY HALF SUNK IN THE SAND”(SEBALD, EMIGRANTS, 1993).REFLECTIONS:BY STEVEN BENSON

Sebald writes (in the “Ambros Adelwarth” story of “The Emigrants”) of the Grand Hotel at Deauville, far gone from its glory days, where the elderly denizens sleep-walk their way around the gradually collapsing hotel.

What is the/Sebald’s /my fascination with these emblems of decay and decrepitude?They are not JUST remnants of capitalism, superceded by the new(like Lewis’s). They also have an AESTHETIC, eerie beauty and are symbolic of HUMAN mortality.

They inhabit the liminal area between the  living and dead, expressed psychogeographically or as the pathetic fallacy, even anthropomorphically; they haunt my mind, as they obviously did Sebald’s and others’.

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Sebald’s influence on photographs/images of this ilk is momentous… see “Searching for Sebald”(ed Patt,2007)

 

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

Categories flaneur, psychogeography, Sebald, spectral geography, transcendental (psycho)geography, uncanny, urban decay1 Comment

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