off the record
Marshall Berman, the philosopher, writer and professor who wrote the influential modernist text All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, died on Sept. 11 at the age of 72. Mr. Berman had a heart attack while having breakfast with a friend at his favorite haunt, The Metro Diner on 100th Street and Broadway.
Dying over bacon and eggs at the corner diner was a fittingly New York way for a quintessentially New York character to go.
A sizable figure habitually clad in a T-shirt, with unkempt hair and beard and a meandering gait, Mr. Berman was instantly recognizable walking up and down Broadway and West End Avenue.
Todd Gitlin, former president of SDS and a professor of social history at Columbia University, will write a book called Liberty Square, to be published by HarperCollins imprint It Books. The announcement posted yesterday on Publishers Marketplace describes it as “a look at the Occupy movement at its pivotal moment, as it weighs its unexpected power and grapples with its future mission.”
THE BULLDOZER AND THE BIG TENT: BLIND REPUBLICANS, LAME DEMOCRATS, AND THE RECOVERY OF AMERICAN IDEALS
By Todd Gitlin
Wiley, 327 pages, $25.95
I want to be upfront here: I’m a political junkie, and I was in the next precinct voting Democratic when Todd Gitlin poll-watched in our upstate district last fall. So I Read More