The Art of Straying: Benjamin on Distraction

'Whereas schools might focus on cultivating and sustaining attentiveness, the city teaches a different lesson, one which unleashes the positive potentialities of distraction. Although distraction might be commonly seen as the antithesis of an educational virtue, in Benjamin's city writings we find a key distinction between mere distraction as diversion and productive distraction as diffuse openness and alertness.'

Cover image edited on 01/10/21