adorno – Cultural criticism and society

page 34 – The more total society becomes, the greater the reification of the mind and the more paradoxical its effort to escape reification of its own. Even the most extreme consciousness of doom threatens to degenerate into idle chatter. Cultural criticism finds itself faced with the final stage of the dialectic of culture and barbarism. To write poetry after auschwitz is barbaric. And this corrodes even the knowledge of why it has become impossible to write poetry today

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