On the Town One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square

ISBN-10: 1844673979

ISBN-13: 9781844673971

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Marshall Berman
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Description: Described as "a continuous carnival" and "the crossroads of the world", Times Square is a singular phenomenon: the spot where imagination and veracity intersect. To Marshall Berman, it is also the flashing, teeming, and strangely beautiful nexus of his life. In this remarkable book, Berman takes us on a thrilling illustrated tour of Times Square, revealing a landscape both mythic and real. Interleafing his own recollections with social commentary, he reveals how movies, graphic arts, literature, popular music, television, and, of course, the Broadway theater have reflected Times Square's voluminous light to illuminate a vast spectrum of themes and vignettes. Berman shows how the Square's distinctive aura finds its source in a stunningly diverse list of performers, writers, and impresarios. He also celebrates the unsung heroes-the artists, engineers, and hucksters behind the square's landmark signs. Part love letter, part revelatory exposition of a place known to all, On the Town is a nonstop excursion to the heart of American civilization, written by one of our keenest, most entertaining cultural observers.

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 9/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Marshall Berman is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at City College of New York and CCNY Graduate Center, where he teaches political theory and urban studies. He writes frequently for The Nation and The Village Voice , and serves on the editorial board of Dissent . He is the author of The Politics of Authenticity ; All That Is Solid Melts into Air ; and On the Town .

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