Adorno and Benjamin: Archetypes of ‘the Critic’

140915_r25456-320The New Yorker has an interesting essay on the lasting influence of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin and on the ‘modest resurgence’ the Frankfurt School is enjoying in contemporary magazines such as n+1, The Jacobin, and The Baffler: ‘Between them, Adorno and Benjamin were pioneers in thinking critically about pop culture — in taking that culture seriously as an object of scrutiny, whether in tones of delight, dismay, or passionate ambivalence. … One great contribution that they made to the art of criticism was the idea that any object, no matter how seemingly trivial, was worth a searching glance.’

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