Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva
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The Flaneur



“The grand reminiscences, the tremors of history – for the true flaneur, these are rubbish to be left behind for tourists. And he will give up all his knowledge of artists’ abodes, birthplaces, or princely domiciles for the whiff of a single threshold or the touch of a lone tile of the sort any housedog might come along and carry away.”

Walter Benjamin, preface to Franz Hessel’s Walking in Berlin (1929).
Tags: 1920s, 1929, berlin, old town, quote, shanghai, wengjia lane, 翁家弄, 老城厢
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