Author Luc Sante will discuss his latest book, “The Other Paris,” which brings to light the city’s lesser-known and less-considered elements, on Wed., Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. at La Maison Française.
Author Luc Sante will discuss his latest book, “The Other Paris,” which brings to light the city’s lesser-known and less-considered elements, on Wed., Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. at New York University’s La Maison Française (16 Washington Mews [between 8th St. and Washington Sq. North]).
The event, co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities, is free and open to the public. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8750. Subways: N, R (8th St., 6, Astor Pl.); A, B, C, D, E, F, or M (W. 4th St.).
Paris, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was always accompanied by its shadow: the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming. In “The Other Paris”, Sante offers a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city.
Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses—from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps—Sante takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the French capital.
Sante is the author of “Low Life”; “Evidence”; “The Factory of Facts”; and “Kill All Your Darlings”. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy, an Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships. He has contributed to the New York Review of Books since 1981 and has written for many other magazines. He is visiting professor of writing and the history of photography at Bard College.