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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—Sally S. Eckhoff, Village Voice Literary Supplement “A systematic, well-researched historical account of drinking, drugging, whoring, murder, corruption, vice and miscellaneous mayhem in late-19th- and early-20th-century New York City ...
The city's unconscious is the repository of all that these two outlooks omit, the repressed history of vice and crime, misery and graft, panic and despair, chaos and saturnalia. While New York has adopted as its nickname the Big Apple, ...
Vice drew me, but I could also trace the ruinous course of its effects, and note the political and economic forces that sustained it, and know who profited from it. This book is thus an expression of love and hate, as is appropriate for ...
... brothels, and gambling hells having been shut down by reform movements before World War I, but during the nineties and oughts the Tenderloin set what was probably the city's all-time standard for vice in one district.
Much was made of the vice of murder, in that Victorian way of seeing murder as a sybaritic pleasure indulged in by those sated with mere sex.' At the same time, a print depicting “The Dying Mother—A Scene in the Old Brewery” shows this ...
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LibraryThing ReviewComentariu Utilizator - kapheine - LibraryThing
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