Kill All Your Darlings by Luc Sante
Pieces, 1990-2005

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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.

About Luc Sante

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Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium, and now lives in New York City. He is the author of "Evidence," "The Factory of Facts," and "Walker Evans," and his work has appeared in "The New York Review of Books," "The New Republic," and "Harper's," among other publications. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.
Published September 18, 2007 by Yeti Publishing. 300 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Take a piece that Village habitué Sante (The Factory of Facts, 1998, etc.) wrote for the New Yorker, a “Talk of the Town” feature about going out to grab a midnight snack in 1988 and running into a mini riot centered on Tompkins Square Park and its “latter-day Hooverville.” Sante disavows the pub...

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New York City is fated always to remain my home,” writes Sante, who became permanently linked with the city through the underground history he recounted in Low Life , and the lead-off essay in this collection revisits the frame of mind he was in when he conceived that book in the Lower East Side ...

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This collection of articles and essays, many of them first published in the New York Review of Books and The Village Voice, will probably be the first opportunity most British readers have had to read Sante's work.

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"He played the part of embattled leader rather well," writes Sante in "The Sea-Green Incorruptible," one of the essays collected here, "the enormity at hand being sufficient to make his choleric personality seem reasonable by contrast."

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Eighty pages into Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005 (Yeti/Verse Chorus Press), Luc Sante begins an inquiry into the history of the word "dope," in all its multifarious meanings, with these words: "You have to keep your eye on the past.

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