Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Flaneur

For the perfect flaneur, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow. To be away from home, yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the center of the world, yet to remain hidden from the world– such are a few of the slightest pleasures of those independent, passionate, impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. (Baudelaire)

An intoxication comes over the man who walks long and aimlessly through the streets. With each step, the walk take on greater momentum; ever weaker grow the temptations of shops, of bistros, of smiling women, ever more irresistible the magnetism of the next streetcorner, of a distant mass of foliage, of a street name. (Walter Benjamin)

[from the apparently-defunct flaneur]

2 Comments

  1. Heh. Synchronicity. I just used this quote in a paper a couple of days ago.

  2. Isn’t life odd? I’m not sure what drew me to these quotes; I think the combination of the defunct Web site and my own relocation to the suburbs a couple years ago….

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