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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Around Tompkins Square Park are flurries of anarchist factions, just as there were in 1887, when the police were engaged in making preemptive arrests in the wake of Chicago's Haymarket Riot. Itinerant banco swindlers still, amazingly, ...
... 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.
... exile for insubordinate or merely indiscreet police officers, who were sentenced to endure the lack of perquisites and jollification in that wilderness. Meanwhile, land prices were multiplying with astonishing speed.
This traffic was such by the Civil War that police patrols were sent in to “unblock” the flow during business hours, and crossing between the “shilling” (east) and “dollar” (west)" sides was so hazardous that in 1867 a hatter who had a ...
Cow Bay was an alley around which tenements clustered, such notorious ones as Jacob's Ladder, the Gates of Hell, and Brickbat Mansion, frame houses linked by tunnels handy for evading the police.
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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