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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Such tradition as once existed was cultivated within the precincts of now vanished milieux—neighborhoods that could boast a continuity of at least three generations, saloons that had stood for upwards of a quarter century without ...
Streets or neighborhoods that acquired a bad name by being associated with Federal-period garbage dumps or Dutch tanneries or stagnant ponds long since paved over continue to bear a stigma; no one at all remembers the tannery, ...
It was a buyers' market: every other storefront in my neighborhood was abandoned, and most residential buildings that were not altogether derelict were only half occupied. The city seemed almost rustic in its quiet desolation, ...
Around the same time, I had had enough of youth culture and began asking myself what I was doing in my miserable neighborhood. Cosmetic improvements wrought by landlords and shopkeepers had only succeeded in making the place look even ...
Then, on June 15, 1904, 1,020 people of the neighborhood, mostly women and children, died in the wreck of the General Slocum, an excursion steamer which caught fire on the East River and broke up near North Brother Island.
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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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