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.
Its time span covers the roughly eighty years of the city's adolescence and early adulthood: from about 1840, when New York began to be transformed by railroads, tenements, and other accoutrements of the modern city, until 1919, ...
In New York the absorption of such imagery into the city's unconscious takes on the contours of actual tradition because the images are accompanied by names and places, even if in semi-random fashion, so that the inhabitants of the city ...
For that matter, there are numerous parts of the city that have been so thoroughly refashioned in this century that their former identities have left no trace. But the most altered areas share a significant common trait: they are, ...
The myth of the city insists on progress, bigger and better and more all the time; nostalgia of the usual sort is founded on regret for vanished coziness and civility. The city's unconscious is the repository of all that these two ...
I wanted to know how people got around the city, what noises they heard in the street, what the posters slapped on fences promised them, and, even more, what their fears and lures and temptations were since I myself had been drawn to ...
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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. 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