The Best of One-Way Street

I’ve assembled a list of the most read and/or commented upon entries over the past six years.

Architecture and Distraction
Art and Aura
The Origin of the Shopping Mall
Dead Malls
Dutch Bicycles
John Updike
Inauguration Day
“The moon is going to break up into a million little pieces”
Montage v. Mise-en-Scene
The Super Sexy High Masala Art
The Task of the Storyteller
The End of Something: Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan
How Fiction Works
The Lady with the [Not Quite Real] Pet Dog/Punishments of the Real
The Generic City
Libeskind’s Napkin
Beautiful Sentences/On Beautiful Sentences, Again
Toward an Ethical Architecture
Keep Going!/The Problem of Evil
Ranciere’s The Politics of Aesthetics/Traces of the True
Notes on Anselm Kiefer at the Grand Palais
The Search for the Modern
Madness, History, and Foucault
Sects of One
The Morality Play of Paris Hilton
The Narrative Logic of the Commodity
A Brief History of Irony
The Optical Unconscious
Robert Rauschenberg
A Duh Moment in History?


  1. And, finally, this quote from Walter Benjamin, submitted by a reader:
    The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope…
    Hi there! I saw this mentioned on your blog (which seems great–I will explore… I am a PhD student at UT Austin)…
    But do you know where this is from? Knowing Benjamin, there is more to the story than a simple love quote. I can’t find the reference.
    Thank you! 😀


  2. The quote comes from One-Way Street. It appears in the section “Arc Lamp.” In fact, it’s the only line in the section. In the Selected Writings, it appears in volume 1, page 467.
    Good luck with the PhD!


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