Blueprint magazine, architecture and design bible, reviews On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square, Marshall Berman’s pulsating history of Times Square and its iconic role in America’s society of the spectacle:
It is a deeply personal communion that Berman invites; Mike Davis’ Los Angeles is just as fierce and Venturi Scott Brown’s Las Vegas just as ecstatic as Berman’s Times Square, but lacing his cultural anthropology with anecdotes and references to popular culture, the interplay between intellect and experience is easily accessible to laymen and academics alike.”
The early 1980s were a moment of transition in Marxism. There was an increasing engagement with postmodernism and detachment from the structuralist theories that had dominated Left thinking in the 1970s… The concepts of postmodernism and postmodernity, applied in the first instance to the arts in the US but later widened to include post-structuralism in Europe, meant that intellectual attention turned also to modernity and modernism – to what preceded postmodernity. Berman’s superbly written book made a crucial contribution to this trend.
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The new edition of Berman’s The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society will be published soon.