Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 8 mar. 2016 - 464 pagini
Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.
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For allowing me to spin off some of my preoccupations into article form during the gestation period of this work I am obliged to Duncan Stalker (in his capacities at Manhattan, Inc., The Condé Nast Traveler, and the ill-fated New York ...
Geographically, the story is confined to Manhattan, and mostly dwells on the realms of attraction and concealment, the bazaars and the underworld: the Bowery, Satan's Circus, Hell's Hundred Acres, Hell's Kitchen, the slums, ...
New York is incarnated by Manhattan (the other boroughs, noble, useful, and significant though they may be, are merely adjuncts), and Manhattan is a finite space that cannot be expanded but only continually resurfaced and reconfigured.
As it happens, the “Bowery Boys” was a name that had graced a succession of Manhattan gangs going back to the eighteenth century, a fact that may indeed not have been consciously known by anyone involved with the series.
There are other places in Manhattan that are thick with recurrences, points that seem magnetized by a genius loci. In our time prostitutes walk where prostitutes walked a hundred years ago; the homeless are camped on the sites of ...
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There were a handful of interesting parts, but a lot of it turned into a laundry list of names. Once I decided to start skipping over parts that went too far down into details I started enjoying it a little more. Citește recenzia completă
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It took me much longer than it should have to finish this book, because I was constantly putting it down to look up people on Wikipedia or to track down referenced books on Project Gutenberg or ... Citește recenzia completă