Walter Benjamin Gossip
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Benjamin met a tragic fate as he tried to cross the border from France into Spain. His visa situation wasn't sorted out, and he knew he didn't stand a chance against the Nazis, so Benjamin killed himself with a glut of morphine. (Source.)
Anyone who's seen a photo or two of Benjamin knows that he was no looker. It's not that he was ugly, he was just so darned serious. Well, a book called Introducing Benjamin, offers "a precis of his life and work in comic-book form, [and] spends an inordinate amount of time demonstrating that Benjamin had no positive libido—and that, in fact, women just could not under any circumstances find him attractive." You be the judge. (Source.)
Word is Benjamin always had his finger on the pulse of society even when he had isolated himself on an island, leaving his friends to ask, "How much gossip does a man need to live?" (Source.)
Benjamin offered a glimpse of his own self-assessment with a little piece he wrote called "The Destructive Character." He's pretty much describing himself is this short piece, as he describes the type of person as one who "is always blithely at work." Benjamin worked harder than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. (Source.)
Benjamin had a rough and tumble love affair with a woman named Asja Lacis. The attraction was part erotic, part political, and all one big hot mess. (Source.)