by guest contributor Asaf Angermann
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“The need to let suffering speak,” Theodor Adorno once wrote, “is a condition of all truth,” and, I think we should add, we who mostly live in privilege must learn to listen to suffering – to those speaking in many different languages. 908 more words
There’s a fascinating footnote in Radio Benjamin, loc 395-410, discussing Adorno’s description of Benjamin’s ideas as ‘radioactive’:
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The full sentence reads, “Everything which fell under the scrutiny of his words was transformed, as though it had become radioactive,” … Although Adorno’s metaphor uses a different register of boundary crossing, the German radioaktiv, like the English radioactive, shares with Rundfunk, or radio, a connotation of atmospheric spreading, dispersal, and uncontrolled movement across and within borders and lines of containment; the airwaves, like the air or the atmosphere, represent a quasi-invisible scene or medium of transmission.