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.
... 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, many of the enticements have remained constant: blood, fire, speed, and flesh.
Fires were a common event, and some were cataclysmic, such as the Great Fire of ... probably the young Nathaniel Hawthorne, commented in a caption to a street view made before the Great Fire: It is a singular truth that the mere shadowy ...
probably have been torn down to make room for modern improvements, or utterly destroyed by fire. Should posterity know where the proud structure stood, it will be indebted for its knowledge to the woodcut.” The early New Yorkers already ...
It was said in the 1880s that you could stand on the corner of Broadway and Houston Street and fire a shotgun in any direction without hitting an honest man. A story of the nineties had it that at Broadway and Forty-second someone ...
... brothels, fire sales, rigged auctions, pawnbrokers, dime museums, shooting galleries, dime-a-dance establishments, fortunetelling salons, lottery agencies, thieves' markets, and tattoo parlors, as well as theaters of the second, ...
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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