Isaac Rosenfeld
Isaac Rosen­feld (© World Publi­shing Company)

Der Titel des Pro­jekts rekur­riert zum Einen auf den Begriff des »Luft­men­schen«, der ins irdi­sche »Loft« zeit­ge­nös­si­scher Urba­ni­tät ab- bzw. auf­ge­stie­gen ist, zum ande­ren auf die »Untergrund«-Mentalität der »New Yor­ker Intel­lek­tu­el­len«, die Issac Rosen­feld defi­niert hatte:

»This is the genera­ti­on which remem­bers the last war dim­ly, and the Depres­si­on clear­ly; which was sus­tai­ned by the WPA only to see the rise and flou­ris­hing of fascism, the death of Spain and the dis­grace of the demo­cra­ci­es; which lost, in Sta­lin, the last hope of immi­nent socia­lism and in the pre­sent war the hope of its own sur­vi­val. That such men, moral under­ground­lings, can­not affirm values they never pos­ses­sed is hard­ly a mat­ter for won­der, and even less for blame.«

Isaac Rosen­feld, »Jour­nal of a Genera­ti­on«, New Repu­blic, 11. Janu­ar 1943


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