I always read something about this book, then I thought, all right, if I came across it at a second hand book store, I will definitely buy it. Why second hand bookstore? This book is a must-read for every humanity graduate student. Every decent academic libraries in this country have one to many on their shelves. If I really need to take a look, just find it on the shelf. Second hand references will do the trick as well.
So, last week I went to Oxford, still looking for it at local shops. But it seemed there’s not really a recycle book culture in this country. I couldn’t find a second hand as good as Chicago’s Powell’s or New York’s Strand. (I really see them as my libraries.) “We all need some luck for shopping," I talked to myself. Then, today, I got to find a chapter from the same author. I saw the title, got the book, read it through at the library, and came home trying to build up a record of what I’ve been reading recently. Then I glanced over the very top of my shelf; I saw the same author’s name!
It was actually the same book, but in a different version, which successfully deceive me of trying to buy a new one. And, let me tell the story of this never-been-read book. I bought it at Powell’s in 2000, brought it back to Taipei, and moved it with some other “significant" books here. But I couldn’t tell it was on my own shelf in the last six months (years) ! Okay, I remember all my CDs and books on their visual designs. For books they are the spines; and for CDs they are the cover. I’ve tried and found any mp3 music without visual sources are a challenge for me to remember, anything.
What I am trying to say is really this:
Benjamin talks about the “shock defense" system according to Freud in his analysis of Baudelaire’s poetry.
And he continues, a thing called “reflection"
Without reflection…If we are stuck in our daily routines, and, busy, without our own reflection towards the world, then we cannot remember a thing. They are all part of life to us, but not memorable experiences in life.
發文作者：c.w. | 三月 9, 2005
Those books I bought, but never read