Monday, December 7

The Other Paris - Luc Sante

"Luc Sante is no doubt a well-behaved person whose lodgings are neat as a pin, but his mind teems with filth and disorder, his nostrils alert to the dankness of slums. To this explorer of the urban under­belly, the squalid and the tawdry are manna from heaven. Lost neighborhoods, the way the other half lived and died, buried treasure in the form of old photographs and documents, what he has called the 'husks' cast off by the past, are the main attraction for this literary scavenger. The Belgian-born and vastly erudite Sante has followed his appetite for the detritus of the past in essays and translations and in books like 'Low Life' (1991) and now 'The Other Paris.'  ..."
NY Times
Luc Sante
Work in Progress - The Other Paris by Luc Sante (Excerpt)
The Paris Review - Colossally Sordid: An Interview with Luc Sante
LA Times: Author Luc Sante's 'The Other Paris' wanders the city streets of past and present
YouTube: The Other Paris