Crimes of the City: The Portable Lower East Side (Vol. 7, No. 1). Various, Jack Henry Abbot, Herbert Asbury, Stephanie Baker, Marie-Annick Brown, Public Enemy, Kurt Hollander, David Wojnarowicz.
Crimes of the City: The Portable Lower East Side (Vol. 7, No. 1)

Crimes of the City: The Portable Lower East Side (Vol. 7, No. 1)

ISBN: 87565978
New York, NY: The Portable Lower East Side, 1990. First Edition. Softcover. "Manhattan is a marvelous, fantastic, multi-faceted world of high culture. There are people there whose talents and genius have no challengers, people whom only the gods stand beside now. Manhattan is the sun at the center of all the wealth in the universe. No power on earth...is greater than the power emanating from Manhattan...But there are streets of refuse, also--and for whatever the reason, in the cosmic scheme of things in Manhattan, there are the lowest dregs of humanity as well...From where I lived, in the darkest corners of the City, the brightest promises beckoned me to all the fabulous culture of Manhattan." (Jack Abbot, pg. 30). Published in 1990 as part of the "Portable Lower East Side" series, "Crimes of the City" is gritty, evocative, and unsparing. It captures the feeling of fallout resultant from the end of the 1980s in New York--the emergence of a "new" underground and a transformation of the art world in which it took so much pride--and the sobering deaths of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring that signaled the end of an era. The writing in much of the book is Hunckean and does not repent or recant--it revisits and recites. It brings a very human warmth to sectors of society often deemed leprous and undeserving. A great volume in a series that deserves to be better explored. Book in very fine condition with only slight shelf-wear to fine-edges; tiny chipping near top left-hand corner of spine-edge; minute rubbing to front, back covers. Very Fine. [Item #3063]

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