At the truckstop restaurant,
the air-conditioner works and the chicken is decent. While eating,
I read a review
of Walter Benjamin's recently translated Arcades Project—
was Walter Benjamin? For highbrow city lovers, he was
the Man of the 20th Century. His essays on Berlin and Paris
have long been required reading in art and architecture
schools around the world. They are among the seminal texts
in the field of cultural studies and the ethnographic approach
it has fostered toward art.
conversations flow and ebb around me to a backdrop of Country music.
Outside, the desert suddenly darkens. In the anonymous
motel room, Cable TV offers a seamless
flow of talking heads. Lastly, a noisy neighbor arrives just
after I've fallen asleep.