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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... a book about New York City today. The firmament that is New York is greater than the sum of its constituent parts. It is a city and it is also a creature, a mentality, a disease, a threat, an electromagnet, a cheap stage set, ...
They appear in cartoons, on menu covers, on the musical comedy stage, in the public domain of clip art—places where the shorthand of conventional imagery requires a jocular turn, as well as contexts in which imagery is least examined by ...
“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, ...
After the mid-nineteenth century, the parts of Manhattan that lay ahead of the pick and shoveljumped directly from rural to urban without an intervening suburban stage, as the tempo of construction accelerated.
... or like theatrical spaces in which the people hold the stage, and this is true even of the “flash and run” work he engaged in early in his career, when he would briefly surprise needled-beer drinkers in dives or sleepers in nickel ...
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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