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At the Grey Art Gallery

J. Hoberman: Inventing Downtown

29 March 2017
... come-down from the ephemeral grandeur of the Judson Church installation, the Grey Art Gallery’s lower level is given over to work associated with the Green Gallery, opened by the canny impresario RichardBellamy on 57th Street in 1960. Its purpose was to bring downtown uptown. There are tasteful colour abstractions, elegant fluorescent light sculptures, polished minimalism and air-brushed Pop. The ...
9 June 1994
Antonio Gramsci: Letters from Prison 
edited by Frank Rosengarten, translated by Raymond Rosenthal.
Columbia, 374 pp., £27.50, March 1994, 0 231 07558 8
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Antonio Gramsci: Pre-Prison Writings 
edited by Richard Bellamy, translated by Virginia Cox.
Cambridge, 350 pp., £40, January 1994, 0 521 41143 2
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... he wrote then, ‘is a genuine revolution and not just empty, swollen, rhetorical demagoguery, only when it is embodied in some type of state, only when it becomes an organised system of power.’ As RichardBellamy’s collection of his pre-prison writings (excellently produced, edited and translated, but with one clanger: Togliatti was not Gramsci’s ‘fellow Sard’ but Piedmontese) shows, Gramsci ...

The Frowniest Spot on Earth

Will Self: Life in the Aerotropolis

28 April 2011
Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next 
by John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay.
Allen Lane, 480 pp., £14.99, March 2011, 978 1 84614 100 3
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... class conflicts outside of the temporal schemas mandated by either dialectical materialism or capitalist progress. By sending their protagonists to the distant future, writers such as Wells, Edward Bellamy (in Looking Backward: 2000-1887) and William Morris (in News from Nowhere, his rejoinder to Bellamy’s hugely influential novel) sought to vault presently insoluble contradictions. Of course, the ...

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Richard​ Rorty

3 September 1987
Der Philosophische Diskurs der Moderne: Zwölf Vorlesungen 
by Jürgen Habermas.
Suhrkamp, 302 pp., £54, February 1985, 3 518 57702 6
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... self-reassurance of the modern democratic societies, most of the work gets done not by deep thinkers (e.g. people attracted by Plato and Kant) but by superficial dreamers – people like Edward Bellamy, Henry George, H.G. Wells, Michael Harrington, Martin Luther King. These are the people who dangle carrots before democratic societies by suggesting concrete ways in which things might get better ...

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