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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... by way both of portico and support. The whole fabric (which is of mud) has been erected in somewhat too obvious an imitation of the Tower of Pisa. A dozen rough planks, 'pitched” together, form the roof. The door is a barrel on end.
The fiction of the tenement's face to the street might continue briefly within the door, or mouth, of the building—usually up to the second door. Between the doors lay a pocket vestibule which might at a later date hold mailboxes.
The doors might be carved, might have glass in them, might be curtained. Or not, depending on the expediency of the project; a single door might suffice, after all. Within, the ornamentation might not cease abruptly: the stairs might be ...
... now you are under the black smoky roof; turn to your left— take care and not upset that seething pot of butcher's offal soup that is cooking upon a little furnace at the head of the stairs—open that door—go in, if you can get in.
... and a transom above the door of each inner room, although the last provision was delayed until 1874 by epidemics of cholera and smallpox and the consequent need to isolate the afflicted. Improvements like these were quite necessary, ...
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