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TOPIC: Progress v. the Past

Subject: The Angel of History
Posted: July 20, 2005 3:54 PM MDT
Comments: In his "Theses on the Philosophy of History," Walter Benjamin uses a Paul Klee painting, Angelus Novus, to explore issues of progress and history. He writes "A Klee painting named ĎAngelus Novusí shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress."
Posted By: Estevan Rael-Galvez

Subject: Angel of History
Posted: July 22, 2005 3:42 PM MDT
Comments: Great quote Estevan....evokes the irristable but unknown nature of the future...ahhh, if only we could turn around and take a peek!
Posted By: eldon howell

Posted: June 27, 2006 12:47 PM MDT
Comments: My great grandparents and grandparents lived in Hope. My father graduated from High School there. However, I have had a hard time finding much information about Hope. A lady named Bobbi Buckner (maiden name) was going to write a history of Hope, but I guess she didn't finish it. When I last talked to her, she was living in Carlsbad.
Posted By: Clark Clement

Posted: November 21, 2006 3:23 PM MST
Comments: She has information on the Wood family of Hope, NM per Gary Wood and I would like to have her contact me
Posted By: Karen James

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