Capital (Hardcover)

New York, Capital of the 20th Century

By Kenneth Goldsmith

Verso, 9781784781569, 928pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2015



Acclaimed artist Kenneth Goldsmith's thousand-page beautiful homage to New York City
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 to life in categories such as Sex, Commodity, Downtown, Subway, and Mapplethorpe.
"Capital" is a book designed to fascinate and to fail for can a megalopolis truly 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 passage.

About the Author

Kenneth Goldsmith is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and is Senior Editor of PennSound. He was an artist and sculptor for many years before taking up conceptual poetry. He has since published ten books of poetry and is the author of a book of essays, "Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in a Digital Age." "From the Trade Paperback edition."