Re: RARA-AVIS: HB nonfiction

Mark Sullivan (
Mon, 6 Jul 1998 12:03:12 -0400 (EDT) If you want Luc Sante's whole story, he just published an autobiography
about searching for his roots in Belgium. He came to the US when he was
very young. I haven't read it (and don't remember the title), but I
recently read a very positive review.

As for Low Life, if you liked the historical detail in the Alienist, you
wlll love this book. Evidence is a collection of vintage crime scene
photos Sante collected while rooting through old police files while
researching Low Life.

The author's bio in Low Life lists many magazines he has written for,
but I've only read one article by him. It was a very good one called
"The Glamorization of Violence" in the 9/94 Vogue (US). The article
opens with H. Rap Brown's assertion, "Violence is as American as apple

Finally, a little bit of trivia, Sante wrote the lyrics for a few songs
by the Del Byzanteens, an early-80s New York band featuring filmmaker
Jim Jarmusch.


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