Marshall Berman's All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of PDF

By Marshall Berman

ISBN-10: 0140109625

ISBN-13: 9780140109627

"A effervescent caldron of rules . . . Enlightening and valuable." —Mervyn Jones, New Statesman.
The political and social revolutions of the 19th century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the production of recent environments to switch the old—all have thrust us right into a smooth international of contradictions and ambiguities. during this interesting e-book, Marshall Berman examines the conflict of sessions, histories, and cultures, and ponders our customers for coming to phrases with the connection among a releasing social and philosophical idealism and a fancy, bureaucratic materialism.
From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive attention of the influence of Robert Moses on sleek city residing, Berman charts the development of the twentieth-century event. He concludes that model to continuous flux is attainable and that therein lies our wish for attaining a very smooth society.

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But he turns away from the visionary gleam: "A great show! " Con­ templative vision, whether mystical or mathematical (or both), keeps the visionary in his place, the place of a passive spectator. Faust craves a connection with the world that will be more vital, at once more erotic and more active. Infinite nature, how can I grasp you? Where are your breasts, those sources of all life . . Toward which my dry breast strains? [455-60] The powers of his mind, in turning inward, have turned against him and turned into his prison.

The affirmative vision of modernism was developed in the 1 960s by a heterogeneous group of writers, including John Cage, Law­ rence Alloway, Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler, Susan Sontag, Richard Poirier, Robert Venturi. It coincided loosely with the emergence of pop art in the early 1 960s. 23 This meant, for one thing, breaking down the barriers between "art" and other human activities, such as commercial entertainment, industrial 32 ALL THAT I s Souo MELTS INTO AIR technology, fashion and design, politics.

We learn that Doctor Faust began his career as a medical doctor, and his life as a physician's son, practicing medicine and public health among the poor people of this district. At first he is happy to be back in his old neighborhood, grateful for the good feelings of the people he grew up with. But soon his heart sinks; as more memories return, he remembers why 46 ALL THAT I s Souo MELTS INTO AIR he left his old home behind. His father's work, he came to feel, was ignorant patchwork. Practicing medicine as a traditional me­ dieval small craft, they groped randomly and blindly in the dark; although the people loved them, he is sure they killed more people than they saved, and the guilt he has blocked out comes back.

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