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CITY BOY: MY LIFE IN NEW YORK DURING THE 1960S AND 1970S

EDMUND WHITE

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Sinopsis de CITY BOY: MY LIFE IN NEW YORK DURING THE 1960S AND 1970S

In the 1970s Paris had fashion, London had the theatre, Berlin had a small painting scene, but New York had all these cultural attainments and more - a vibrant intellectual life. In a decade when New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy, when local headlines were dominated by stories of urban scandal, corruption and violence, the city flourished as never before as the centre of 'uncompromising high culture masquerading as slouching, grinning gee-whiz - Wallace Stevens in sneakers.' The representative figures of this New York were Susan Sontag, Jasper Johns, George Balanchine and more - fierce cultural arbiters, 'martyr's to art', living in a city that was still obsessed with the hierarchy of the arts and the idea of the Pure. From Isherwood to Mapplethorpe, Borges to Foucault, Brodkey to Burroughs, Edmund White knew them all, and writes about them in City Boy with love, affection, insight and often biting wit. It is a fascinating, personal journey through the vibrant and explosive New York of the 70's with wonderful sideshows in San Francisco and a Venice presided over by the radiant Peggy Guggenheim, and it bounces from literary infighting at the New Yorker to erotic...CONTINÚA

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