Prosthetics and Proxemics - Note No. 1

The relation of auratic to aural is tellingly illustrated by Harry Zohn who in Benjamin's essay "Some Motifs in Baudelaire" collected in Illuminations translates "auratisch" as "aural" (188).  This version is maintained in a revised publication, Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, (148).  The contingent paronomasia elegantly encapsulates how features and qualities of aural (acoustic) and visual (auratic) modes often cross over.