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


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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