Thursday, November 02, 2006

Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales (Moby-Dick, Chapter 56)


"The physiological side of collecting is important. In the analysis of this behavior, it should not be overlooked that, with the nest-building of birds, collecting acquires a clear biological function. There is apparently an indication to his effect in Vasari's treatise on architecture. Pavlov, too, is supposed to have occupied himself with collecting."

--Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, p. 210



1 Comments:

Blogger Philip Northover said...

Walter Benjamin was an interesting person, if the wikipedia article concerning him is reliable.

People collect strange things. One person I heard about wanted to collect, in digital form, every scrap of music ever recorded. Such a project may be feasible with the capacity of today's hard disks, but when would he ever find time to listen to it all?!?

11/06/2006 12:01 PM

 

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