n O t e s
1. Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History” (Thesis IX), in Illuminations,
edited with an introduction by Hannah Arendt, translated by Harry Zohn (New York:
Schocken Books, 1969), 258.
2. See The Correspondence of Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin, edited by Gershom
Scholem, translated by Gary Smith and Andre Lefevere (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Uni-
versity Press, 1992), 79–80. The poem is incorporated into this thesis.
3. Benjamin, “Theses,” 255 (Thesis V).
4. Benjamin, “Theses,” 255 (Thesis VI).
5. For a comprehensive catalog of Barnet’s work up to the mid- 1980s, see Robert Doty, Will
Barnet (New York: Harry Abrams), 1984.
6. See Patrick J. McGrady, Will Barnet: Painting without Illusion: The Genesis of Four Works
from the 1960s (Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park;
distributed by Penn State Press).
7. See Stanley Cavell, Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory (Stanford, CA: Stanford Uni-
versity Press, 2010).
8. McGrady, Painting without Illusion, 25, quoting Barnet in 1962.
9. See, e.g., Stanley Cavell, Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004).
10. Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience,” in Essays, Second Series, in Emerson: Essays and Lec-
tures (New York: Library of America, 1983), 471.
11. See Stanley Cavell, “Taking Steps in Emerson’s Experience,” in “This New Yet Unapproach-
able America” (Albuquerque: Living Batch Press, 1984).
12. Cavell, “Taking Steps,” 473.
13. Cavell, “Taking Steps,” 487.
14. Cavell, “Taking Steps,” 473.
15. Cavell, “Taking Steps,” 483.