At The New Inquiry, Rob Horning muses on collecting, triggered by the trauma of packing up his record collection for a move.
A well-masticated subject, between Benjamin and Baudrillard, both of whom get quoted. And I've given it a good chew myself in the relevant chapter in Retromania. But Horning nonetheless manages to come up with some interesting thoughts:
"... The collection’s bulk makes it incredibly inconvenient, though therein may lie its actual appeal. The inconvenience enchants the act of listening, enchants my labor in assembling the collection....
"The cumbersome nature of putting on a record and then flipping it over conjures all sorts of other lost experiences — dialing rotary phones, looking things up in books, etc....
"But is that nostalgia enough to justify all the moving boxes?... The collection has become a physical manifestation of sunk costs; it makes me feel like I have come too far to stop now."
Know that feeling well!
Switching topic to the dematerialized forms of collection (e.g. image-hoarding and image-bingeing as social display via the internet and social media), Horning writes: