How should I go about starting to understand Walter Benjamin's work? I don't have any special goal, but want to get to grips with The Arcades Project. How?

Just a quote from something I've not read, that drew me into doing so.

The Arcades expose reads like a series of captions...

  • Walter Benjamin: Modernity - Page 131

I looked at parts of it, but am lost as to what he's doing.

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    You can see e.g. Esther Leslie, Walter Benjamin, (Reaktion Books, 2008) with some comments on the Arcade Project and ref in Biblio to some deficated books on it. Aug 30 '19 at 14:59
  • there's a lot about bejamin, and some of it seems useless... that's why i asked @MauroALLEGRANZA
    – user38026
    Aug 31 '19 at 21:31
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    @another_name What about it seems useless? (Put another way, what do you want that you aren't getting from those sources? This will help refine the question.) Aug 31 '19 at 23:00
  • @NoahSchweber good comment, thanks. i want to know what makes his work, work, and nothing i've seen answers that question. so if someone were to say e.g. "fragmentation and his erudition generates X because Y" that could be a starting point << (rather than e.g. a description of the work)
    – user38026
    Aug 31 '19 at 23:05

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