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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It does not hark back to a heroic past, lacks its Romulus and Remus (except in the image of that transaction between Peter Minuit and the Canarsies, which is simply the first clever deal, the primordial ground-floor entry).
I had gone there in pursuit of bohemia and youth culture, in addition to the fact that it was a cheap place to live. I slept and worked and caroused in tenements with sloping floors, crumbling plaster ...
New wallboard only highlighted the basic structural defects of buildings; elaborate wooden moldings, cast-iron supports in the shape of Corinthian columns, mosaic-tile floors, and dazzlingly complex pressed-tin ceilings were gutted and ...
On the ground floor are little fruit shops and laundries and bookshops . . . And next, poor Fourth Avenue!—the Street glides into medieval solitude. On each side I 4 • L C W L | F E | L and s cap e : ]
The window frames may vary per floor, often the result of the architect's giving full rein to his eclecticism, so that the upper story might be severely classical and the others increase in ornamentation and exoticism as they near the ...
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