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February 09, 2011
commodity lust


History progresses by failure rather than by success, as Benjamin never tired of insisting . . . [T]his elaborate anatomy of commodity lust might spring from some inner distance from it rather than the sheerest complacency. But this is the very ambiguity of naming a phenomenon and designating or foregrounding it: once isolated in the mind's eye, it becomes on object for judgment irrespective of authorial intention. . . .
(p. 209, herein)

Bah. The devil only knows what to make of it. Only that today's foregrounded, isolated petit objet, due out on Valentine's Day, is here.