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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Its time span covers the roughly eighty years of the city's adolescence and early adulthood: from about 1840, when New York began to be transformed by railroads, tenements, and other accoutrements of the modern city, until 1919, ...
Around the same time, I had had enough of youth culture and began asking myself what I was doing in my miserable neighborhood. Cosmetic improvements wrought by landlords and shopkeepers had only succeeded in making the place look even ...
I began to read and snoop around, look at pictures and flip through ephemera, guided by serendipity. There were times, when this project was new, when my research would get the better of me and I would almost lose track of what year it ...
Once abundantly stocked, it was nearly fished out by the mideighteenth century, and began to fill with refuse. Drainage schemes were much discussed, but nothing was done until 1808, when depressed economic conditions provoked general ...
The theatrical nexus—or one of them, at least—began inching along Broadway after the Revolution, had reached the area around Spring Street just before the Civil War, and thereafter clocked in at each of the squares, one after the other, ...
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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