❰Epub❯ ❧ Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces, 1990-2005 Author Luc Sante – Uroturk.info
The work of a master. I became aware of Luc Sante from his review of Chronicles, which is included here, and is one of the best pieces ever about Dylan The rest of the book is as good or better, especially his tales of New York Now I need to read his Lowlife. 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, Ren Magritte To Tintin, Buddy Bolden To Walker Evans, Allen Ginsberg To Robert Mapplethorpe It is possible even for a vehement reader to become jaded into a tell me a story mentality while in the midst of reading a string of novels one after the other We can forget the responsibilities of an active reader, to analyze, to connect, to derive opinions, and instead sit numbly as an audience member, applauding at the appropriate moments and waiting for the next act to carry us along.The beauty of a collection of essays, especially one written by a passionate author of varied interests, such as this one, is that it will awaken the reader to confront their own passions, stir up a response, and open doors to previously un contemplated forms, ideas, people and attitudes We are lucky, as readers, to have Luc Sante, for just such a stirring up I was led to him due to his introduction to the NYRB edition of Novels in Three Lines, though I ve long coveted a copy of Low Life Lures and Snares of Old New York, perched seductively in the sociology section of my bookstore Sante has a predilection for studies in the small artifacts of American history, the small keyholes from which we can view a cultural trend I regret not acknowledging in my review of Novels in Three Lines how much it reminded me of Wisconsin Death Trip, and was thus thrilled to see that Sante had also made the same connection, and wrote about it in his essay The Department of Memory I read most of this book with my laptop whirring furiously beside me, searching the Magritte paintings, the Evans photos, the Charley Patton recordings, keeping up with all the mixed media Sante so joyously explores The joy is contagious, and has extended my interests from what I had previously connected to Sante s work to new realms in jazz and folk music, poetry and literature, painting and photographic arts, and the nature of hip, both the 60 s definition, and it s current manifestation Sante is totally hip, as another goodreads member wrote, the coolest guy you ve never met This book is a lesson in cool. Sante is a really interesting and talented writer This book is a collection of essays, analysis, and observations about his own life, places he s lived, and people I loved the two sections of pieces, primarily the pieces about New York and the essay about the pleasures of smoking I thought the weaker pieces were those about specific musicians and authors, but even those mostly captured my attention Sante is a culture absorber and yet writes beautifully I couldn t help but to read entire pieces aloud I have read occasional pieces by Luc Sante all over and liked what I read, so I decoded to pick up his essay collection, Kill All Your Darlings Pieces 1990 2005 2007 Sante is a true connoisseur of outsider, underground, hipster history, culture and music He has become obsessed with the his adopted country and its language after moving here as an immigrant from Belgian The first section is comprised of essays about place mostly New York, but not exclusively see In A Garden State New Jersey He relishes the fact that he lived in the Lower East Side among the heroin addicts before gentrification, My Lost City He is extremely interested in the history of places as well, see The Ruins of New York, A Riot of My Own, etc The essays in the second section are abstract as he muses on things like the world dope in Why Do You Think They Call It Dope He wistfully remembers the heyday of cigarette smoking in America in Our Friend the Cigarette In the third part there are essay related to music like I Is Somebody Else, which is a review of Bob Dylan s Chronicles Vol.I Also, there is a look at the original Master of New Orleans Funk, I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say and a discussion of blues in The Invention of the Blues In the fourth part of the collection, Sante displays his ability to write with authority about art seminal artist such as Victor Hugo in The Octopus with the Initials VH and Charles Magritte in The Detective, as well as pop culture icons such as Tintin in The Clear Line and contemporary photography artists like Walkers Evans in The Hunger Artist and Robert Mapplethorpe in The Perfect Moment Part Five gives the reader personalized essays that expresses the importance of poetry to the author in The Total Animal Soup of Time it is Allen Ginsberg s singular poem Howl that has captured his imagination And in the final essay, A Companion of the Prophet, it is Rimbaud s poetry and life that is his inspiration In an eclectic collection like this essay that about things that interest me are much interesting to read, but all of his writing has a kind of impressive sheen that nonnative writers like Conrad and Nabokov before him bring to their new language. A great collection of essays Sante really narrows down his smart eyes on New York City and how the city has changed He s a beautiful writer, where he choses his subject and just nails it down to the page His piece on Dylan s Chronicles is a great piece as well.So one gets everything from Rimbaud to the beginning of Blues music to Walker Evans to Woodstock 1999 Sante is a great essayist. sort of greil marcus lite at times, but some of these essays made me want to start either clapping or writing. They talk about Luc Sante as if he s the Second Coming of the English language a prose style to die for , one of the handful of living masters of the English language , transcendental prose , but I thought he came across, thankfully, as a chatty, enthusiastic and extremely well informed guy who has a lot of interesting interests But shoot me if you must I think he has a tendency to say some really unsurprising things about the stuff he chooses to write about I glommed onto the Dylan piece I is Someone Else , where he reviews Chronicles , and it was, you know, pretty good what I got from it was this great quote which is actually Stephen Crane An artist, I think, is nothing but a powerful memory that can move itself through certain experiences sideways and every artist must be in some things as powerless as a dead snake.That s brilliant I might get that tattooed that on my left arm, next to the Sanscrit word for onions which I had done in 1994 It s supposed to be a different word but these mistakes happen quite frequently, apparently Well, I liked the other music pieces too, like the review of the psychedelic freak beat cd box Nuggets On the psychedelia front alone, there s zit cream metaphysics the Electric Prunes , brain pan alley the Elevators insufferable la la twaddle Fenwyck and bobbing for meatballs the Bees What happened to the Castaways, whose falsetto and Farfisa driven Liar Liar is th eeriest number in the box and whose photograph reveals them to have been classic chess club geeks Or the Nightcrawlers, whose Little Black Egg is to psychedelia roughly what Paul Klee was to surrealism I want to have thought up zit cream metaphysics And brain pan alley So essays, huh Or should we say short articles and reviews There s a section on New York and its phenomena such as Rudolph Giuliani and John Gotti there s Woodstock 99 Victor Hugo, Rimbaud and Rene Magritte sounds like the beginning of a Woody Allen sketch where they all go to a party and try to pick up comedy moose Tintin, Walker Evans and Wisconsin Death Trip and finally finally a brilliant piece on Robert Mapplethorpe Perhaps Mapplethorpe was grasping, vulgar, deceitful, disloyal, inconsiderate, exploitative, shallow, calculating, cruel, vain, racist, anti Semitic and so on, but then, too, perhaps his biographer and his memorialist are complying with current convention, which prescribes brutal candor rather than reverence in treating the recent dead This stricture might actually be a new spin on the denial of death, particularly in regard to Aids piety entombs its subjects, but malicious gossip does tend to keep them in the room.In passages like that you can see a mind in motion like a kittiwake catching a codfish, fast, elegant, precise and true. Kill all your Darlings is a collection of essays by Luc Sante, a writer with a breathtaking command of the English language This may have something to do with his learning English as a second language as a child he was born in Liege, Belgium in 1954 and his family moved to the U.S in the early 1960s one thinks of Nabokov, another writer for whom English was not the first language, but who achieved a mastery of the language superior to that of most native speakers At any rate, Sante writes so fluidly, with such grace but without showing off , that the reader is happy to buy whatever story he s spinning The essays in this collection include pieces on art, photography, poetry and music, and some idiosyncratic meditations on cigarettes, on factory work, on hipness , on the harm done to New York City by Rudy Giuliani, on the particular madness that characterizes New Year celebrations Sante s Belgian origins are reflected in essays about Magritte and Tintin, respectively Other pieces deal with Victor Hugo, the photography of Walker Evans and of Robert Mapplethorpe There is a moving tribute to Allen Ginsberg, who lived in the same NY apartment building as Sante for over ten years Though I had no great prior interest in the musical evolution of Bob Dylan or the origin of the blues, Sante s writing is so seductive that I read both pieces, and was riveted throughout He s just that good This is an awe inspiring collection on edit My favorite essay was hands down the one about cigarettes Though Tintin was pretty fun as well.