Christopher Hirst is charmed by On the Town, Marshall Berman’s study of specatcle in Times Square.
Berman’s cultural history of New York’s Times Square is a personal view of a public space. He once egged his father into blowing smoke rings like the famous advert for Camel cigarettes. When his father died at 48, the sign “became gall and wormwood to me… it was really an ad for American imperialism.” Berman’s previous book was Adventures in Marxism, but this work is as lively as Times Square itself.
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