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VERSION WISE!

' ... and WALTER BENJAMIN DAY continues here at The PillBox ... '

AGESILAUS SANTANDER
Version One

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Yet this name is in no way an enrichment of him who bears it. It takes much away from him, but above all the gift of appearing wholly as he was of old. In the room I last occupied, the latter, before he stepped out of the old name, armored and encased, into the light, put up his picture at my place: New Angel. The kabbalah relates that in every instant God creates an immense number of new angels whose only purpose is, before they dissolve into naught, to sing His praise before His throne for a moment. Mine was interrupted in doing so; his features had nothing about them resembling the human. As for the rest, he made me pay for having disturbed him at his work. For in taking advantage of the circumstance that I came into the world under the sign of Saturn - the planet of slow rotation, the star of hesitation and delay - he sent his feminine form, after the masculine reproduced in the picture, by way of the longest, most fatal detour, even though both were so very much adjacent to each other.
He did not, perhaps, know that thereby he brought to the fore the strength of him whom he accosted. For nothing can overcome my patience.

AGESILAUS SANTANDER
Version Two

"The kabbalah relates that in every instant God creates an immense amount of new angels, all of whom only have the purpose, before they dissolve into naught, of singing the praise of God before His throne for a moment. The new angel passed himself off as one of these before he was prepared to name himself. I only fear that I took him away from his hymn unduly long. As for the rest, he made me pay for that. For in taking advantage of the circumstance that I came into the world under the sign of Saturn - the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays - he sent his feminine form after the masculine one reproduced in the picture by way of the longest, most fatal detour, even though both happened to be - only they did not know each other - most intimately adjacent to each other.
He did not, perhaps, know that the strength of him whom he thus wanted to accost could show itself best in this way: namely by waiting.
Where this man chanced upon a woman who captivated him, he was at once resolved to lurk on her path of life and wait until sick, aged, in tattered clothes, she fell into his hands. In short, nothing could enfeeble the patience of the man."

Walter Benjamin

{i · Ibiza, August 12, 1933
{ii · Ibiza, August 13, 1933


posted by Ian 7/15/2003 04:04:00 PM

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