INSTITUTE FOR LIBERAL ARTS & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
B.A. Haifa University
M.A. New School for Social Research
Ph.D. New School for Social Research
David's new book, The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City (Stanford University Press, 2015), is a study of a text that was never written. A sequel of sorts to Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, it is dedicated to New York, capital of the twentieth century. Part sprawling literary montage, part fragmentary theory of modernity, part implosive manifesto on the urban revolution, The Manhattan Project paints the city as a landscape built of sheer life, set somewhere in between heaven and hell, the private and the public, the real and the ideal.
David's previous books are Wittgenstein's Form of Life (Continuum, 2008, paperback 2012) and The Power of Life (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is also the co-translator of Giorgio Agamben's What Is an Apparatus? (Stanford University Press, 2009) and Nudities (Stanford University Press, 2010). His most recent essays appeared in The New York Times and Public Seminar.
These days he is trying to make sense of the first eleven chapters of Genesis.