Luc Sante

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His essay in the October 22, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, The Other Paris, to be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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  • A Roomful of Death and Destruction

    June 22, 2015

    The room at One Police Plaza, jammed to the ceiling with filing cabinets and boxes, and reeking of vinegar, held about 180,000 images ranging from 1914 to 1972.

  • Arleen

    March 25, 2015

    Let me play you “Arleen,” by General Echo, a seven-inch 45 on the Techniques label, produced by Winston Riley, a number one hit in Jamaica in the autumn of 1979.

  • Thirteen Most

    February 14, 2015

    One night in the 1980s, a low period for me, as I slumped on my regular stool at Farrell’s, in Brooklyn, staring into my fourth or fifth of their enormous beers, the gentleman to my left struck up a conversation.

  • Brassaï's Cloak of Night

    January 8, 2014

    Brassaï: Paris Nocturne is the first major book on the photographer since the 1970s.

  • A Striver's Ramble in Greenwich Village

    December 16, 2013

    Llewyn Davis, the folksinger protagonist of the Coen brothers’ new period film, is a creature of the here and now, not of 1961.

  • Marville's Vanished Paris

    September 17, 2013

    Charles Marville’s documentation of old Paris secures his place in the highest rank of photographic achievement.

  • A Job of Work

    July 10, 2013

    Any sufficiently small office worth its salt is a situation comedy, and the Review office was no exception. In such an environment everyone’s personality is distilled down to one or two signal traits that reassure as they entertain.

  • Disappearing Ink

    November 1, 2010

    I left the New Museum’s “The Last Newspaper”—a show that sets out to explore the relation between newspapers and art at the end of the print era—with my fingers black from printer’s ink, just as they used to be years ago when I read the Times every morning on the subway.