All that is Solid Melts Into Air

The Experience of Modernity
Author: Marshall Berman
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9780860917854
Category: Civilization, Modern
Page: 383
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The experience of modernization -- the dizzying social changes that swept millions of people into the capitalist world -- and modernism in art, literature and architecture are brilliantly integrated in this account.

All That is Solid Melts into Air


Author: Darragh McKeon
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241964687
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon is an exceptionally moving novel of interwoven lives, set amidst one of the most iconic disasters in living memory. 'Daring, ambitious, epic, moving' Colm Tóibín 'Exhilarating, thrilling, brilliantly imagined, beautifully written' Colum McCann Russia, 1986. In a run-down apartment block in Moscow, a nine-year-old piano prodigy practices silently for fear of disturbing the neighbours. In a factory on the outskirts of the city, his aunt makes car parts, trying to hide her dissident past. In the hospital, a surgeon immerses himself in his work to avoid facing his failed marriage. And in a rural village in Belarus, a teenage boy wakes up to a sky of the deepest crimson. Outside, the ears of his neighbour's cattle are dripping blood. Ten miles away, at the Chernobyl Power Plant, something unimaginable has happened. Now their lives will change forever. All That is Solid Melts into Air is an astonishing novel of terrifying beauty that captures the end of an era. Darragh McKeon was born in 1979 and grew up in the midlands of Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, and lives in New York. This is his first novel.

The Communist Manifesto


Author: Karl Marx
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476734291
Category: Philosophy
Page: 160
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Originally published on the eve of the 1848 European revolutions, The Communist Manifesto is a condensed and incisive account of the worldview Marx and Engels developed during their hectic intellectual and political collaboration. Formulating the principles of dialectical materialism, they believed that labor creates wealth, hence capitalism is exploitive and antithetical to freedom.

All that is Solid Melts Into Air

A Novel
Author: Carole Giangrande
Publisher: Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
ISBN: 9781771333610
Category: Families
Page: 227
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Fiction. Women's Studies. Winner of an IPPY Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. Shortlisted for the Mary Sarton Award for Contemporary Fiction. In the morning fog of the North Atlantic, Valerie hears the frenetic ticking of clocks. She's come from Toronto to hike on the French island of St. Pierre and to ponder her marriage to Gerard Lefèvre, a Montrealer and a broadcast journalist whose passion for justice was ignited in his youth by the death of his lover in an airline bombing. He's a restless traveller (who she suspects is unfaithful) and she's the opposite: quiet, with an inner life she nurtures as a horticulturalist. Valerie's thinking about Gerard on assignment in her native New York City, where their son Andre works. In New York City, an airplane has plunged into a skyscraper, and in the short time before anyone understands the significance of this event, Valerie's mind begins to spiral in and out of the present moment, circling around her intense memories of her father's death, her youthful relationship with troubled Matthew, and her pregnancy with his child, the crisis that led to her marriage to Gerard, and her fears for the safety of her son Andre and his partner James. Unable to reach her loved ones, Valerie finds memory intruding on a surreal and dreamlike present until at last she connects with Gerard and the final horror of that day.

Adventures in Marxism


Author: Marshall Berman
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859843093
Category: Political Science
Page: 273
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A new beginning for Marxism might just be on the horizon of a landscape despoiled by Soviet communism and a now wobbling world capitalism. The attention attracted by the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto included laudatory references to Marx in venues as unexpected as The New York Times and The New Yorker. More predictably, the tributes in such publications focused on the strength of Marx as a critic of capital or a powerful wordsmith, rather than as an advocate of communism. But, if Marxism is to enjoy a rebirth in the coming century, appreciation needs to move beyond its value as a critical tool or a literary pleasure. The emancipatory potential of Marxism, its capacity to configure a world beyond the daily grind of selling one's labor to stay alive, will have to be established anew. No one has made a better start to this task than the esteemed critic and writer Marshall Berman. Berman first read The Communist Manifesto in the same week as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman while at high school. A few years later, now a student at Columbia University, he was handing out copies of Marx's 1844 Manuscripts, purchased for 50 cents each at the (Soviet) Four Continents Bookstore in New York, as holiday presents for friends and relatives. Here was the beginning of a lifelong engagement with Marxism that, as this volume demonstrates, has been both consistent and refreshing. In these pages are discussions of work on Marx and Marxism by Edmund Wilson, Jerrold Siegel, James Billington, Georg Lukcs, Irving Howe and Isaac Babel. They are brought together in a single embrace by Berman's spirited appreciation of Marxism as expressive, playful, sometimes even a little vulgar, but always an adventure.

All that is Solid Melts Into Air

Jeremy Deller
Author: Jeremy Deller,James Hutchinson,Lesley Young
Publisher: Hayward Pub
ISBN: 9781853323195
Category: Art
Page: 82
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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Jeremy Deller is the beautiful catalogue accompanying the latest in Hayward Touring's celebrated series of artist-curated exhibitions.Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has been a hugely influential figure in the story of British art over the past two decades, helping to rewrite the rules of contemporary artistic practice.In this exhibition, Deller questions the effect of the Industrial Revolution not only on the British landscape and economy, but also on the consciousness and culture of the people. Deller explores the roots of working-class musical culture, from nineteenth-century industrial folk to glam and heavy rock music in the 70s and 80s.This publication features a vast range of objects and images, including new work by Deller, historical paintings depicting factories and forges, political tracts, poems and popular ballads against exploitation, as well as works by William Blake and William Morris.The exhibition tours to Manchester Art Gallery, 12 October 2013 - 19 January 2014, and goes on to Nottingham Castle, Mead Gallery, and Laing Art Gallery during 2014.

Marx on Globalisation


Author: Karl Marx
Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart Limited
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 185
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Globalisation is not a new phenomenon; but on the eve of the millennium, the processes that constitute the phenomenon of globalization are intensifying, and being experienced in new ways. This book looks at the writings of Marx which are relevant to these current issues. It includes extracts from The Communist Manifesto, Capital volumes 1-3, The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 and The Poverty of Philosophy.

Modernism in the Streets

A Life and Times in Essays
Author: Marshall Berman
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1784785008
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 400
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Essays tracing the intellectual life of a quintessential New York City writer and thinker Marshall Berman was one of the great urbanists and Marxist cultural critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his brilliant, nearly sui generis book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is a masterpiece of the literature on modernism. But like many New York intellectuals, the essay was his characteristic form, accommodating his multifarious interests and expressing his protean, searching exuberant mind. This collection includes early essays from and on the radical ’60s, on New York City, on literary figures from Kafka to Pamuk, and late essays on rock, hip hop, and gentrification. Concluding with his last essay, completed just before his death in 2013, this book is Berman’s intellectual autobiography, tracing his career as a thinker through the way he read the “signs in the street.””

The Communist Manifesto


Author: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN: 9387944204
Category:
Page: N.A
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Adventures in Modernism

Thinking with Marshall Berman
Author: Jennifer Corby
Publisher: UR (Urban Research)
ISBN: 9780996004169
Category:
Page: N.A
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Marshall Berman was a political theorist, urbanist, and public intellectual that gave a generation a way to think about what it means to be modern. He offered a vision of Marx as a preeminent modernist and humanist, which served as a touchstone for his exploration into the complexity of our modern world and lives. Marshall was singularly capable of seamlessly weaving together the ideas of Dostoevsky and Kurtis Blow, the experiences of St. Petersburg and the South Bronx. In so doing, he helped make sense of the maelstrom of modern life into which we are born, and helped buttress a sense of optimism in the midst of a chaos in which all that is solid melts into air.Adventures in Modernism: Thinking with Marshall Berman is a testament to just how deeply and broadly his influence can be felt, as its contributors consist of theorists, architects, media critics, urbanists, and historians from across the globe. Some essays demonstrate the potential for applying Marshall?s methods of analysis into new locales such as Iran or Scotland. Others return to familiar places like the South Bronx or Times Square in order to stretchor update Marshall?s analyses. Some essays engage Marshall as a theorist, and analyze his ideas of public, urban life, and of modernism and modernity. Another explores the impact Marshall?s work has in the classroom, as well as his own role as a teacher. Collectively, the essays that comprise this volume reflect deeply on Marshall?s work, and speak to its continued relevance in helping to not only decipher, but to find meaning in our modern world.

Designing for Service

Key Issues and New Directions
Author: Daniela Sangiorgi,Alison Prendiville
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474250157
Category: Design
Page: 288
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Service design is the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between service provider and customers. It is now a growing field of both practice and academic research. Designing for Service brings together a wide range of international contributors to map the field of service design and identify key issues for practitioners and researchers such as identity, ethics and accountability. Designing for Service aims to problematize the field in order to inform a more critical debate within service design, thereby supporting its development beyond the pure methodological discussions that currently dominate the field. The contributors to this innovative volume consider the practice of service design, ethical challenges designers may encounter, and the new spaces opened up by the advent of modern digital technologies.

The Necessity Of Friction


Author: Nordal Akerman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429975848
Category: Social Science
Page: 332
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Friction is what keeps us from realizing our goals. It is what compromises all of our plans, sometimes making them unrecognizable. It defies our wish for perfection and constantly surprises us with new elements of resistance. It constitutes the divide between dream and reality.But friction is also what gets us moving, a necessary incentive to achieve progress. Nothing can start if it cannot push off something else. By blocking or delaying the easy solution, friction makes for a richer, more varied world. If it stops schemes from being completely fulfilled, it also stops them form going totally awry.To the modernist project, with its one-sided rationalist pretensions, friction is unambiguously bad?and so it is being disposed of at an increasing speed. The currency markets are one example, cyberspace another. This means less and less time to pause and rethink, while the vulnerability of societies is aggravated. In The Necessity of Friction, scholars tackle this topical and important concept. A number of scientific fields are engaged: physics, philosophy, economics, architecture, organizational theory, artificial intelligence, and others. Together, these contributions form the first modern-day attempt at analyzing the intriguing yet elusive subject of friction as metaphor.

The Politics of Authenticity

Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society
Author: Marshall Berman
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844674404
Category: Philosophy
Page: 325
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An examination of authenticity as a revolutionary concept.

Communities of Resistance

Writings on Black Struggles for Socialism
Author: Ambalavaner Sivanandan
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9780860915140
Category: Political Science
Page: 250
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'There is no socialism after liberation, socialism is the process through which liberation is won.' Each of the essays in Communities of Resistance acts as a critical reaffirmation of socialist politics as the context for questions of race and resistance. The left itself is under scrutiny here—from a black perspective. A series of powerful interventions covers many of the issues which have confronted radical politics in the 1980s: inner-city uprisings, the demand for black sections in the Labour Party, local government anti-racism, the move to a common European market. This collection included incisive critiques of contemporary Marxism ('All that Melts into Air is Solid: The Hokum of “New Times” '), of post-colonial development, and of the Eurocentric assessment of imperialism.

Modernity


Author: Peter Wagner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745656846
Category: Social Science
Page: 160
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We live in a modern age, but what does ‘modern’ mean and how can a reflection on ‘modernity’ help us to understand the world today? These are the questions that Peter Wagner sets out to answer in this concise and accessible book. Wagner begins by returning to the question of modernity's Western origins and its claims to open up a new and better era in the history of humanity. Modernity's claims and expectations have become more prevalent and widely shared, but in the course of their realization and diffusion they have also been radically transformed. In an acute and engaging analysis, Wagner examines the following key issues among others: - Modernity was based on the hope for freedom and reason, but it created the institutions of contemporary capitalism and democracy. How does the freedom of the citizen relate to the freedom of the buyer and seller today? And what does disaffection with capitalism and democracy entail for the sustainability of modernity? - Rather than a single model of modernity, there is now a plurality of forms of modern socio-political organisation. What does this entail for our idea of progress and our hope that the future world can be better than the present one? - All nuance and broadening notwithstanding, our concept of modernity is in some way inextricably tied to the history of Europe and the West. How can we compare different forms of modernity in a 'symmetric', non-biased or non-Eurocentric way? How can we develop a world-sociology of modernity?

All that is solid melts into air

notes on tourism
Author: Delphine Bedel
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 54
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On the Town

One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square
Author: Marshall Berman
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844673971
Category: History
Page: 264
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A tour of Manhattan and Times Square is seen through the perspective of films, Broadway shows, books, dance, artworks, and TV shows, revealing how these masterworks were influenced by Times Square and New York City, as well as how they reflect iconic images, myths, culture, and ideas. Reprint.

Real England

The Battle Against The Bland
Author: Paul Kingsnorth
Publisher: Portobello Books
ISBN: 1846274338
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
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We see the signs around us every day: the chain cafés and mobile phone outlets that dominate our high streets; the disappearance of knobbly carrots from our supermarket shelves; and the headlines about yet another traditional industry going to the wall. For the first time, here is a book that makes the connection between these isolated, incremental local changes and the bigger picture of a nation whose identity is being eroded. As he travels around the country meeting farmers, fishermen and the inhabitants of Chinatown, Paul Kingsnorth reports on the kind of conversations that are taking place in country pubs and corner shops across the land – while reminding us that these quintessentially English institutions may soon cease to exist.

The Filming of Modern Life

European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s
Author: Malcolm Turvey
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262525119
Category: Art
Page: 232
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In the 1920s, the European avant-garde embraced the cinema, experimenting with the medium in radical ways. Painters including Hans Richter and Fernand Léger as well as filmmakers belonging to such avant-garde movements as Dada and surrealism made some of the most enduring and fascinating films in the history of cinema. In The Filming of Modern Life, Malcolm Turvey examines five films from the avant-garde canon and the complex, sometimes contradictory, attitudes toward modernity they express: Rhythm 21 (Hans Richter, 1921), Ballet mécanique (Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, 1924), Entr'acte (Francis Picabia and René Clair, 1924), Un chien Andalou (Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, 1929), and Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929). All exemplify major trends within European avant-garde cinema of the time, from abstract animation to "cinéma pur." All five films embrace and resist, in their own ways, different aspects of modernity.

A History and Theory of the Social Sciences

Not All That Is Solid Melts into Air
Author: Peter Wagner
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446264513
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the 'organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the 'rationalistic revolution' of the 'golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the 'collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social science today.