Walter Benjamin's Fiction in 'The Storyteller' Is a Warm Cure for an Academic Hangover

Walter Benjamin's Fiction in 'The Storyteller' Is a Warm Cure for an Academic Hangover

By Megan Volpert

A master of the theory of craft puts his money where his mouth is, revealing a precise descriptive power that gracefully commands plot and characterization. 28 Sep 2016 // 8:30 AM

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20 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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Martyrdom requires a level of self-abnegation that makes self-awareness impossible.

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One of America's greatest musical treasures performing some of America's greatest musical treasures.

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The remix disc showcases the English electronica vets' strengths; the rarities disc shows how those strengths developed.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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Measuring Success: The Unsatisfying Notion of "Good Endings" and "Bad Endings"

// Moving Pixels

"Sometimes stories need to end badly in order to be really good.

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