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Radio Benjamin: Demonic Berlin



Reading ETA Hoffmann in secret, Benjamin the child conjures the 'Devil' of Berlin. Storytelling in general is the subject here and Hoffman its master. The uncanny, an unfamiliar familiar, is pursued in the streets of Mitte and the wide Boulevards der Linden by Hoffman. When he wasn't actually pursued by snout nosed creatures on the dark edges of civil society, Berlin's most masterful observer follows strangers on the streets around Alexanderplatz, sketching the future characters of the city that would populate his strange and celebrated urban fantasies.



 

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Walter Benjamin’s radio broadcasts (1929 - 1932) are a selection of children stories written and read by Benjamin during his colossal research project The Arcades Project, an allegorical look into the birth of modernity in 19th Century Paris. Though the series of broadcasts and the Arcades in general are decisively incomplete, the two enterprises echo one another in content, replete with provocative digressions, and unlikely connections (or "secret affinities"). The independent radical publishing house Verso Books has published a nuanced translation of Radio Benjamin, and Clocktower Radio is pleased to present the recorded version of the comprehensive project for the first time in English. Read by New York artist Corey McCorkle, the 29 extant transcriptions will also be annotated with linking principle themes explored in the Arcades Project with the wild variety of subjects Benjamin outlines in these 20 minute stories. The extended radio program is a priceless glimpse into the humor and methodology of one of the most important theorists of authenticity, progress, and the political implications of new media on the masses during the earlier part of the 20th Century.
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