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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The fruits of this nineties revival—Mae West's films, Herbert Asbury's books, John Held, Jr.'s satirical fake woodcuts, among a panoply of others— entered the popular mind, and the commonplaces of the turn of the century appeared as ...
“The Lights,” for example, which refers to popular entertainments, shows that even if their locus has moved from the stage and the dime museum to the video-game arcade and the movie theater specializing in car-chase and slasher films, ...
At some point in the early nineteenth century, popular conviction shifted, and the idea of the city passed from peaceable stasis to galloping development, so that by 1849, when the city barely existed above Fourteenth Street, ...
By the early twentieth century it had been renamed Broadway, and so, too, had a chain of roads that led all the way to Yonkers, making Broadway, by popular legend, the longest street in the world. For most of its history Broadway ...
... as their respective theatrical districts came to epitomize respectability in the case of the former and cheap flash in the latter, and as the years went on, these qualities expanded in the popular mind, so that the two avenues came, ...
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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