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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There and about town, once useful objects are presented as decorative artifacts, bereft of purpose except to evoke vague images of an era about which little need be known other than that it was a “simpler time.” The common word for this ...
As it happens, the “Bowery Boys” was a name that had graced a succession of Manhattan gangs going back to the eighteenth century, a fact that may indeed not have been consciously known by anyone involved with the series.
While New York has adopted as its nickname the Big Apple, that hopeful tag given it by jazz musicians when their art was remuneratively in fashion, the city might more truthfully answer to the twin appellations by which it was known to ...
The speed of this growth—its rising temperature—is best conveyed by a well-known fact: when the present City Hall was built, between 1803 and 1812, its front and sides were made of marble, but its rear was thought to be so far north ...
... and local authorities authorized funds for a public works project to subdue the population. A canal was built east and west (later to be filled in and eventually known as Canal Street), and the drained pond was s .
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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