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WEIMAR ARCADE: Shoot the Hypnotist First

Or is the hypnotist merely the decoy, the puppet of even greater evil? The Weimar resemblance? Its nervous, alienated, and often brilliant culture can seem uncomfortably like our own. But, is the sickness that killed the German Republic of the … Continue reading

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WEIMAR REPUBLIC and the UNCANNY “SECOND SIGHT”

“A member asked what was the ethos of German Expressionism, suggesting it was ‘cultural despair’. The speaker reiterated his title phrase: ‘an explosive cocktail of cultural despair and political instability’, adding that the German character seemed almost morbid in its … Continue reading

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THE WEIMAR “LAST TRANCE” CABARET: Escaping to Feed Your Head

For Walter Benjamin, this was the real significance of the First World War, “an attempt at a new and unprecedented commingling with the cosmic powers.” He worried that mankind’s alienation from itself was deepening “to such a degree that it … Continue reading

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SLEEPWALKING IN WEIMAR: Hypnosis in the Asylum

Quoting Hesse’s Steppenwolf -‘Human life is reduced to hell only when two ages two cultures overlap. Now there are times when a whole generation is caught between two ages with a consequence it looses all power to understand itself and … Continue reading

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