Andy Merrifield, a Marx scholar, writes frequently about urbanism and politics. His last book, The Urbanization of Injustice (NYU), was edited with Erik Swyngedouw.
At a quarter to 3 in the afternoon on March 14, 1883, one of the world's brainiest men, Karl Marx, ceased to think. He passed away peacefully in his favorite armchair.
In September 1940, with a weak heart and even frailer nerves, Walter Benjamin carried on an old smugglers' path in the French Pyrenean foothills a big black briefcase stuffed with a manuscript th