After being prompted by someones Facebook query, I once again looked into the origin of Adorno’s comment that “Marx wanted to turn to the world into a giant workhouse.” Since the quote is so widely known you would assume it was written by Adorno in one of his most important works. In fact it wasn’t, the only place it is mentioned is in Martin Jay’s The Dialectical Imagination, where on pg 57, Jay states that Adorno said it to him in person. I believe this is illuminating for several reasons: (1) it points to the fundamental influence Jay’s book had on the reception of Adorno and of the general perception of Adorno’s relation to Marx. A more in depth study would probably find Jay’s work was likewise influential in the reception of Adorno as a humanist who was influenced by the early Marx. (both of which as I have pointed out elsewhere go against Adorno’s comments on the early Marx and humanism). (2) This comment, and Jay’s work, also eschew the more complex relationship Adorno had with Marx’s project of the critique of political economy and even with the notion of human emancipation that he offers a glimpse of and suggests may possibly include more than simply a different form of social production–i.e. his target here is the USSR not Marx– with reference to Marx, in Minima Moralia. All of which leads me to conclude that whilst it seems absurd to base Adorno’s take on Marx on a throwaway comment Jay makes, it is high time for work that looks at the reception of Marx’s theory and critical theory in the context of its popularization in the 1960s. Unless I am mistaken such a work is missing.