Palimpsests: 2632 Arsenal Street

Nature makes its own palimpsests.

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12 thoughts on “Palimpsests: 2632 Arsenal Street

    • I believe I recall you saying you once lived in our neck of the hoods. We’re about 10 minutes from here, right by Tower Grove Park. Love this part of town. It’s cheap, diverse and a very endearing amount of rough around the edges.

        • HaHA! Yeah, I’ve been living in or near the area since around 1988. I remember. These days the South Grand and Tower Grove areas have become quite the home to immigrants from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, etc.
          Not to mention the LGBTQ community and your general categories of Freaks, Geeks and Outsiders in general.

  1. I like it! I looked up palimpsest because it’s one of those words I don’t feel comfortable enough with, not QUITE sure of the meaning, etc., and found it comes from the Greek for “again” and “rubbed smooth.” I love that. Thanks for leading me there.

    • Thanks, Lynn.

      I came across the term in reading about Walter Benjamin. I have his Arcades Project on hold at the library right now. He saw the City as a palimpsest of history (or something like that…this is why I’m getting his book).
      He’s a fascinating fellow.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Benjamin

      I find this entire concept quite captivating. It seems to have invading my thinking in many ways. The City, The Self, The Palimpsest–they seem to be everywhrere I look.

      Yes. I too am still struggling with the meaning(s) of the word.

      • His is one of those names that’s familiar to me but without specificity. (Sadly, I am narrowly educated! College was basically art, nothing else.) I see the Wki entry; what a tragic life. He would have been contemporary of my German grandfather, but such different trajectories and contexts! My grandfather was a poor Christian farm boy from a huge family who left for America at a very young age for better opportunities. He wouldn’t have understood the world Benjamin inhabited, but there must have been a similar appreciation for education – my father landed at MIT at age 16. ­čśë . Benjamin’s melding of Jewish mysticism and new critical theories sounds fascinating – I love the notion of tikkun as described, and this:
        FROM WIKI
        “Benjamin fused tikkun with the Surrealist notion that liberation would come through releasing repressed collective material, to produce his celebrated account of the revolutionary historiographer, who sought to grab hold of elided memories as they sparked to view at moments of present danger.”
        And the Arcades Project – that sounds like a lot to chew on, good luck, very admirable! Thank you for the link and sharing your enthusiasms.

        • And thank you, Lynn, for responding in kind. I’m glad when my comments do not strike readers as overly long-winded.
          I do go on.

          College and I were like an abusive couple. Three-times breaking up and then kissing and making up only to break up again.
          “But he *loves* me….”
          So my education seems like mostly holes sometimes.

          I haven’t come across the tikkun/kabalah aspect of Benjamin’s yet writing but yes, the Arcades Project is rather like a HUGE smorgasbord for the mind to munch on. It is SO expansive and broad-reaching that there are many references to persons and schools of thought that I am not familiar with but still SO much that gets my brain spinning off into the wild blue yonder.

          Reckon I’ll have to buy a copy….

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