Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces, 1990-2005

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Yeti, 2007 - Art - 299 pages
In his books and in a string of wide-ranging and inventive essays, Luc Sante has shown himself to be not only one of our pre-eminent stylists, but also a critic of uncommon power and range. He is “one of the handful of living masters of the American language, as well as a singular historian and philosopher of American experience,” says the New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl. Kill All Your Darlings is the first collection of Sante’s articles—many of which first appeared in the New York Review of Books and the Village Voice—and offers ample justification for such high praise. Sante is best known for his groundbreaking work in urban history (Low Life), and for a particularly penetrating form of autobiography (The Factory of Facts). These subjects are also reflected in several essays here, but it is the author’s intense and scrupulous writing about music, painting, photography, and poetry that takes center stage. Alongside meditations on cigarettes, factory work, and hipness, and his critical tour de force, “The Invention of the Blues,” Sante offers his incomparable take on icons from Arthur Rimbaud to Bob Dylan, René Magritte to Tintin, Buddy Bolden to Walker Evans, Allen Ginsberg to Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Love letters to the old, weird New York and the old, weird cultural interests it sustained, by a grand centrifugal chronicler.Take a piece that Village habitué Sante (The Factory of Facts, 1998, etc ... Read full review

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My lost city
Luc Sante
Suivre les pérégrinations new-yorkaises du célèbre critique Luc Sante c’est aussi croiser les plus grandes icônes littéraires et artistiques de la ville. Aux côtés de Bob
Dylan, Don DeLillo, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Auster ou encore Thomas Pynchon, Sante propose une visite unique du poumon de la vie intellectuelle américaine. Évoquant tour à tour sa genèse, sa construction politique et ses différentes métamorphoses, il dessine pas à pas une géographie intime et inédite de la métropole. Qui mieux que Greil Marcus aurait pu présenter un tel ouvrage ? Dans sa préface, l’auteur de Lipstick Traces (Allia/Folio), grand spécialiste de la culture populaire américaine, décrit le ton si particulier de My Lost City dont les textes courts et incisifs font renaître New York sous nos yeux. Nombreux sont ceux qui disaient la ville « perdue ». Et pourtant, elle n’a jamais été aussi vivante que sous la plume de Sante.
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« Une des voix les plus bouleversantes de la scène littéraire américaine, un philosophe de l’Amérique contemporaine. » - The New Yorker
« Un style à se damner, et une œuvre dévorante... » - William Gibson
« Un essai qu’aurait pu écrire Johnny Cash. » - Greil Marcus


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About the author (2007)

Luc Sante’s is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and has written about books, movies, art, photography, music, and miscellaneous cultural phenomenon for many other periodicals. Sante has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Grammy (for album notes). He lives in Ulster County, New York, and teaches at Bard College.

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