Benjamin was one crazy, drug taking motherfucker. He wrote a goddamn book all about his hashish experiments. He took a particularly large amount of drugs when he was on his own and abit lonely in Marseilles. On hashish in Marseilles he got himself well paranoid and turned into a right weirdo and all round general outsider type. Here's a few excerpts from his drug diary (we've all kept one!):-
"A concurrence between yellow and green occasioned by the sustained contemplation of a piece of tinfoil."
"Halos are mountain resorts for angels."
"The heavenly Jerusalem is a mountain air resort.....That is important."
"[The] high-altitude resort is a religious concept."
"If Freud psychoanalyzed the Creation, then the fjords would not come off well."
"Rüststadt [Scaffold city] old city of cast-off scaffolding erected for the sunset. The city can be called Roughneck."