Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher and
cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German
idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, and Jewish mysticism.
Born: July 15, 1892, Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1940, Portbou, Spain
‘Work on good prose has three steps:
a musical stage when it is composed,
an architectonic one when it is built,
and a textile one when it is woven.’ – W.B.
Walter Benjamin: The Writers Technique in Thirteen Theses
Broken down into Four Parts over Four Weeks
THE WRITER’S TECHNIQUE IN THIRTEEN THESES Part Two
4. Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable.
5. Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your notebook as strictly as the authorities keep their register of aliens.
6. Keep your pen aloof from inspiration, which it will then attract with magnetic power. The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself. Speech conquers thought, but writing commands it.