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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... more alluring than bland security, where the most colorful elements are often the most poisonous, where ecstasy is purchased at the cost of death, where the navel of the world and the frontier of civilization lie a few blocks apart.
The breakup of the big family estates in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has left both names—Rutgers, Delancey, Lispenard, Stuyvesant—and lumps of right-angled blocks that abruptly cut each other off at Division ...
The advance guard of progress generally marched about ten blocks ahead of the actual surge of settlement, so that there was in each case a lag between the leveling of natural features and archaic structures and the beginning of planned ...
The squatters were squeezed into the temporarily unused zone between the urban blocks and farmland, which made their situation precarious and their lives nomadic as the zone moved relentlessly northward. “Usually they remain while the ...
In an 1890 photograph of a block of West 133rd Street, clusters of three and four brownstones, complete with their own ... leaving large blank spaces through which similarly irregular development can be glimpsed in the blocks beyond.
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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