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CAPITAL: NEW YORK, CAPITAL OF THE 20TH CENTURY. Reprint. Kenneth Goldsmith. Verso, New Left Books, London, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. ISBN 9781784781590 In English.
Publisher's description: Here is a kaleidoscopic assemblage and poetic history of New York: an unparalleled and original homage to the city, composed entirely of quotations. Drawn from a huge array of sources -- histories, memoirs, newspaper articles, novels, government documents, emails -- and organized into interpretive categories that reveal the philosophical architecture of the city, Capital is the ne plus ultra of books on the ultimate megalopolis. It is also a book of experimental literature that transposes Walter Benjamin's unfinished magnum opus of literary montage on the modern city, The Arcades Project, from 19th-century Paris to 20th-century New York, bringing the streets and its inhabitants to life in categories such as "Sex," "Central Park," "Commodity," "Loneliness," "Gentrification," "Advertising," and Mapplethorpe." Capital is a book designed to fascinate and to fail -- for can a megalopolis truly ever be written? Can a history, no matter how extensive, ever be comprehensive? Each reading of this book, and of New York, is a unique and impossible project.
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Worldwide Number: 171436
Paperbound $40.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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