(99) Faustian Waste

“It appears that the very process of development, even as it transforms a wasteland into a thriving physical and social space, recreates the wasteland inside the developer himself.”  Marshall Berman on the Tragedy of Gothe’s Faust (from “All that is solid melts into air”)

Human sacrifices bled,

Tortured screams would pierce the night,

And where blazes seaward spread

A canal would greet the light.

Faust, lines 11127 – 30


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