The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City - David Kishik

What it Walter Benjamin didn’t die in 1940 but lived on in New York, writing a sequel to his Arcades Project, a study of Gotham called The Manhattan Project? David Kishik’s commentary on this lost book is a brilliantly realized thought experiment that’s as full of wit and imagination as it is of serious thoughts about Benjamin, urban development, graffiti, homelessness, public spaces (one extraordinary chapter locates New York’s Public Library “at the epicenter of the twentieth-century world”) with side trips into the history of photography and hoarding. As likely to quote Frank Sinatra as he is Jane Jacobs, Kishik draws on thinkers including Arendt and Spinoza, visual artists ranging from Weegee to Arbus to Warhol. If this sounds like Walter B. meets Woody Allen—it is: the transcript of their 1985 conversation starts on page 204.

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ISBN: 9780804786034
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Published: Stanford University Press - March 11th, 2015

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