WATT SPOTS MAGPIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

13 FEB 02: WATT SPOTS
MAGPIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

from mike
watt
‘s current Banyan tour diary:

“pop to find the strangest
sight outside the window, a


swimming pool piled high
w/snow. don’t find that too much when you


pop in pedro! magpies are
darting all over, another missing in pedro.


they’re pretty smart, one
will distract don’s two dogs while another


will chow from the dog bowl,
then they switch roles. poor dogs never


do figure it out.”

WALTER BENJAMIN ON HASHISH

12 FEB 02: WALTER BENJAMIN
ON HASHISH

from some Benjamin bio,
via Adam Mortimer:

There is an interesting gloss
on “politeness” in the essay “Hashish in


Marseilles”, which describes
how Benjamin, after smoking hashish, succumbed to


hunger, which required a
visit to Basso’s restaurant. Here he ordered oysters


from the menu, and a local
dish as a main course. The waiter returned to say


that his choice of main
course was unavailable, and offered him the menu a


second time. Benjamin’s
finger hovers over the previously chosen dish, then

settles on the dish directly
above it, which he orders. Then he orders the dish


above that one, and the
next dish, and the next, all the way to the top of the


menu. “This was not just
from greed, however,” Benjamin comments, “but from an


extreme politeness toward
the dishes, which I did not wish to offend by a


refusal.”