The Casual Optimist

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September 8, 2016
by Dan
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Luc Sante on Jean-Michel Basquiat

New York Review of Books blog has posted Luc Sante’s reminiscences of artist Jean-Michel Basquait: The last time I saw Jean I was going home from work, had just passed through the turnstile at the 57th Street BMT station. We … Continue reading

December 17, 2013
by Dan
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Luc Sante on Inside Llewyn Davis

The excellent Luc Sante reviews Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brother’s movie about a Greenwich Village folk singer, for the New York Review Books: Then again, it could be said that historical fiction, like science fiction, is really always about the present. … Continue reading

November 12, 2013
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Everybody Street

Everybody Street is a new documentary about the lives and work of New York’s street photographers and the city that inspires them. The film features photographer Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, … Continue reading

October 30, 2013
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Luc Sante on Lou Reed (1942 – 2013)

I wasn’t going to say anything about the death of Lou Reed — what is there to say? Like so many people, I discovered his music in my teens and was just as thrilled and confused by The Velvet Underground … Continue reading

July 11, 2013
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Remembering the NYRB Mailroom and Edward Gorey’s Keds

At  the New York Review of Books blog, Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, reminisces about his time at the magazine: The scale of the office was intimate and I sat right in the … Continue reading

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