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Marshall Berman, 1940-2013

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

The political theorist Marshall Berman died yesterday at the age of 73 in New York, the city he lived in all his life (he was born in the South Bronx and would later write furiously yet lyrically about the near-destruction of great swathes of that part of the city in the 1970s and early 1980s; Berman, it’s worth noting, was writing about urban ruins decades before people started noticing what had been done to Detroit in the same period).

His first book, The Politics of Authenticity, was published in 1970, but Berman is best known for All That Is Solid Melts…

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