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⇕  〜 Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond (English Edition) Online Read ⥫ Kindle Ebook By Larry McMurtry ⧜ ⇕ 〜 Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond (English Edition) Online Read ⥫ Kindle Ebook By Larry McMurtry ⧜ Chapter 1In the summer of 1980, in the Archer City Dairy Queen, while nursing a lime Dr Pepper a delicacy strictly local, unheard of even in the next Dairy Queen down the road Olney s, eighteen miles south but easily obtainable by anyone willing to buy a lime and a Dr Pepper , I opened a book called Illuminations and read Walter Benjamin s essay The Storyteller, nominally a study of or reflection on the stories of Nikolay Leskov, but really I came to feel, after several rereadings an examination, and a profound one, of the growing obsolescence of what might be called practical memory and the consequent diminution of the power of oral narrative in our twentieth century lives.The place where I first read the essay, Archer City s Dairy Queen, was apposite in ways than one Dairy Queens, simple drive up eateries, taverns without alcohol, began to appear in the arid little towns of west Texas about the same time the late sixties that Walter Benjamin s work began to arrive in the English language in the case of Illuminations, beautifully introduced by Hannah Arendt The aridity of the small west Texas towns was not all a matter of unforgiving skies, baking heat, and rainlessness, either the drought in those towns was social, as well as climatic The extent to which it was moral is a question we can table for the moment What I remember clearly is that before the Dairy Queens appeared the people of the small towns had no place to meet and talk and so they didn t meet or talk, which meant that much local lore or incident remained private and ceased to be exchanged, debated, and stored as local lore had been during the centuries that Benjamin describes.The Dairy Queens, by providing a comfortable setting that made possible hundreds of small, informal local forums, revived, for a time, the potential for storytelling of the sort Walter Benjamin favored Whether what he favored actually occurred, as opposed to remaining potential, is a question I want to consider in this essay.On that morning in 1980, Benjamin s tremendous elegy to the storyteller as a figure of critical importance in the human community prompted me to look around the room, at that hour of the morning lightly peopled with scattered groups of coffee drinkers, to see whether I could spot a loquacious villager who even at that late cultural hour might be telling a story And if so, was anyone really listening Certainly if there were places in west Texas where stories might sometimes be told, those places would be the local Dairy Queens clean, well lighted places open commonly from 6 A.M until ten at night These Dairy Queens combined the functions of tavern, caf, and general store they were simple local roadhouses where both rambling men and stay at homes could meet To them would come men of all crafts and women of all dispositions The oilmen would be there at six in the morning the courthouse crowd would show up about ten cowboys would stop for lunch or a midafternoon respite roughnecks would jump out of their trucks or pickups to snatch a cheeseburger as their schedules allowed and the women of the villages might appear at any time, often merely to sit and mingle for a few minutes they might smoke, sip, touch themselves up, have a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea, sample the gossip of the moment, and leave Regular attendance was necessary if one hoped to hear the freshest gossip, which soon went stale Most local scandals were flogged to death within a day or two only the steamiest goings on could hold the community s attention for as long as a week.And always, there were diners who were just passing through, few of whom aspired to stay in Archer City They stopped at the Dairy Queen as they would at a gas station, to pee and take in fuel, mindful, gloomily, that it was still a good hundred miles even to Abilene, itself no isle of grace Few of these nomads, if they had stories to tell, bothered to tell them to the locals and if they had wanted to tell a story or two, it is doubtful that anyone would have listened People on their way to Abilene might as well be on their way to hell why talk to them Folks in Archer City knew the way to hell well enough they need seek no guidance from traveling men.All day the little groups in the Dairy Queen formed and re formed, like drifting clouds I stayed put, imbibed a few lime Dr Peppers, and reread The Storyteller, concluding that Walter Benjamin was undoubtedly right Storytellers were nearly extinct, like whooping cranes, but the D.Q was at least the right tide pool in which to observe the few that remained.The Storyteller had been published in a journal called Orient und Okzident in the year of my birth 1936, well before electricity had arrived in the rural parts of the county where I grew up it arrived, dramatically, when I was five, courtesy, we all felt, of FDR It was startling to sit in that Dairy Queen, reading the words of a cosmopolitan European, a man of Berlin, Moscow, Paris, and realize that what he was describing with a clear sad eye was or less exactly what had happened in my own small dusty county in my lifetime I was born, in the year of the essay, into a world of rural storytellers and what had become of them Were any of the coffee drinkers sitting nearby doing any than escaping the heat Were they exchanging experiences, were they curious about life, or were they just hot If the latter, they could hardly be blamed the temperature had soared to a Sudan like 116 that day, forcing the cancellation of the long awaited a century awaited , first ever Archer County marathon, a much anticipated high spot of the county s centennial celebration, itself a fortnight long event, or congeries of events, which I had come home to watch The celebration was certainly appropriate, but the marathon was a different matter, one in which I personally had not been able to invest much belief Though I had long made a living by imagining unlikely lives, it was nonetheless not easy to imagine the county s dairy farmers and roughnecks and cowboys, and their wives or women, lumbering along the county s roads for anything like twenty six miles The marathoners, if any, would undoubtedly be imports, pros or semipros whose connection to our one hundred year old county would very likely be negligible All the same, calling off the run on a day when it was going to be 116 seemed a wise, even a compassionate policy At 116 Fahrenheit people are likely to drop dead while doing nothing strenuous than picking their teeth.Copyright copy 1999 by Larry McMurtryThomas Mallon The New York Times Part memoir, part commonplace book, part tour de force.William Murchison The Washington Times The kind of long, deep wisdom found between these covers should occasion long, deep thought, suitable for the Dairy Queen or for that matter anywhere.Bill Bell New York Daily News A love story about books Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen is a sweeping, thoughtful summation, as comfortable as old bootsRichly satisfying. Walter Benjamin Wikipedia Walter Bendix Schnflies German valt b njami n July September was a Jewish philosopher, cultural critic and essayistAn eclectic thinker, combining elements of idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, mysticism, made enduring influential contributions to aesthetic theory, literary criticism, historical Illuminations Essays Reflections Illuminations Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Harry Zohn on FREE shipping qualifying offers one the most original critics twentieth century includes his views Kafka Leben wurde als Sohn des Antiquitten und Kunsthndlers Emil dessen Frau Pauline geb pronuncia tedesca nome completo Schenflies Berlino, luglio Portbou, settembre stato un filosofo, scrittore, critico letterario e traduttore tedesco, pensatore eclettico che si occupato di epistemologia, estetica, sociologia, misticismo ebraico materialismo storico Wikipdia est philosophe, historien de l art, critique littraire, d art et traducteur allemand, le juillet Berlin mort septembre Portbou Il rattach cole FrancfortIl notamment traduit Balzac, Baudelaire Proust Sa pense largement t redcouverte, explore commente partir annes , avec la Britannica man letters aesthetician, now considered have been important in first half th Born into prosperous family, studied philosophy Berlin, Freiburg s Philosophical Thought Presented by Two Literary theorist scholar part small but incredibly significant cohort intellectuals who fled Nazis thirties The group included thinkers like Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Bertolt Brecht Of all Marxists Internet Archive Full text epoch making work Our fine arts were developed, their types uses established, times very different from present, men whose power action upon things insignificant comparison with ours Terms Endearment A Novel Larry McMurtry Terms In this acclaimed novel that inspired Academy Award winning motion picture, created two unforgettable characters won hearts readers moviegoers everywhere Aurora Greenway her daughter Emma is kind woman makes whole world orbit The Berrybender Narratives sweeping four epic American West could only come boundless skill imagination Pulitzer Prize author O ver career spans fifty years Comanche Moon Barnes Noble twenty nine novels, including Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, collections essays, than thirty screenplays He lives Archer City, Texas CAPTAIN INISH SCULL liked boast he had never thwarted pursuit as Larry Biography life, children, name Jeff McMurtry, June Wichita Falls, TX son William Jefferson rancher Hazel Ruth married Josephine Ballard, divorced, August, children James Lawrence singer masculine given English, derived or LaurenceIt can be shortened form those names may refer following Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond (English Edition)

 

    • Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond (English Edition)
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    • 25 March 2016

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