Faculty Book: Marshall Berman
On The Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square (Random House, 2006)
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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 esteemed scholar and author Marshall Berman, it is also the flashing, teeming, and strangely beautiful nexus of his life, and he takes us on a thrilling illustrated tour, revealing a landscape both mythic and real, giving us a unique look through the lens of the ideas and works of art that inspired—or were inspired by—this landmark’s allure. Interleafing his own recollections with astute social commentary, Berman 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. Marshall Berman is a distinguished professor of political science at The City College and The Graduate Center.
Submitted on: FEB 7, 2006