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.
Such echoes have many overlapping causes: coincidence, building stock, geographical disposition, the limitations that are endemic to Manhattan. For that matter, there are numerous parts of the city that have been so thoroughly ...
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, ...
New wallboard only highlighted the basic structural defects of buildings; elaborate wooden moldings, cast-iron supports in the shape of Corinthian columns, mosaic-tile floors, and dazzlingly complex pressed-tin ceilings were gutted and ...
This kind of hallucination is not difficult to sustain, even now, on certain empty streets where the buildings are the same ones that were once chockablock with blind tigers and stuss houses and bagnios. An extraordinary number of ...
Needless to say, this back face was already surrounded by buildings before it was finished. At some point in the early nineteenth century, popular conviction shifted, and the idea of the city passed from peaceable stasis to galloping ...
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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. Citiți 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 ... Citiți recenzia completă