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Nearest Thing to Heaven By Mark Kingwell

Nearest Thing to Heaven
by Mark Kingwell

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The Empire State Building literally cannot be seen in its totality, from any perspective. This book encourages us to look beneath the strong physical presence of the building, to become aware of its evolving layers of meaning, and to see how the building lives within a unique imaginative space in the landscape of the American consciousness.
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Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams by Mark Kingwell

This elegantly written appreciation of the Empire State Building opens up the building's richness and importance as an icon of America. The book leads us through the facts surrounding the skyscraper's conception and construction, then enters into a provocative theoretical discussion of its function as an icon, its representation in pictures, literature, and film, and the implications of its iconic status as New York's most important architectural monument to ambition and optimism. The Empire State Building literally cannot be seen in its totality, from any perspective. And paradoxically, this building of unmistakable solidity has been made invisible by familiarity and reproduction through imagery. Mark Kingwell encourages us to look beneath the strong physical presence of the building, to become aware of its evolving layers of meaning, and to see how the building lives within a unique imaginative space in the landscape of the American consciousness. He offers new ways of understanding the Empire State Building in all its complexity and surprising insights into its special role as an American icon.

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Nearest Thing to Heaven Reviews


"'This book is surely one of the literary highlights of the year... Go out now, buy and read this book for yourselves. It is a rare treat." Peter J. M. Wayne, Spectator 'The tone of this scholarly tribute to "the building" is fun-loving cultural studies, with references to Don DeLillo, Barthes, Virilio et al as the author takes a leisurely conceptual stroll around it.' Steve Poole, The Guardian 'A thoughtful book... In tracing the Empire State Building's multiple meanings and associations, Kingwell ranges widely.' Andrew Mead, Architects Journal"

About Mark Kingwell


Mark Kingwell is professor of philosophy, University of Toronto, a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine, and the author of eight books.

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GOR005558880
Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams by Mark Kingwell
Mark Kingwell
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Yale University Press
2007-11-16
252
0300126123
9780300126129
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.