Here — I’ll use some convolutes to explain convolutes. That’ll make everything clear, right?


[T]his is precisely Benjamin’s own practice: to dip in and take a quotation out of context and mount it into a dialectical image and see what sparks fly.

– Michael Jennings, in One Way Street: Fragments for Walter Benjamin (my transcription)


Method of this project: literary montage. I needn’t say anything. Merely show. I shall purloin no valuables, appropriate no ingenious formulations. But the rags, the refuse – these I will not inventory but allow, in the only way possible, to come into their own: by making use of them.

— Walter Benjamin, [N1a,8] Convolute N in The Arcades Project


convolute, adj. and n. Def. A. adj. Rolled up together.

from Latin convolūt-us, past participle of convolvĕre : to roll together, roll up, roll round, < con- together + volvĕre to roll

OED Online, second ed.