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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... and under the influence of alcohol and architecture and old copies of the Police Gazette, I staggered around looking for a dive that had closed sixty or eighty years before, half expecting to find it in midbrawl.
It did not, however, succeed in ridding itself of low life, which was substantial, though its dives, concert saloons, and gambling hells had a bit more tone than those on the side streets, and in spite of the periodic order to beat cops ...
With a shriek and a crash Fourth Avenue dives headlong into the tunnel at Thirty-fourth Street and is never seen again.” Some minor details of mercantile disposition aside, neither Fourth Avenue proper nor that part of it renamed Park ...
... surprise needled-beer drinkers in dives or sleepers in nickel lodging houses. These photographs, for all the quality of invasion inherent in their method, do not reduce or degrade their subjects, but feature them like actors.
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LibraryThing ReviewComentariu Utilizator - kapheine - LibraryThing
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