Luc Sante

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Early life

Born in Verviers
Verviers is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. The Verviers municipality includes the old communes of Ensival, Lambermont, Petit-Rechain, Stembert, and Heusy...

, Belgium
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, Sante emigrated to the United States
United States
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 in the early 1960s. He attended school in New York City, first at Regis High School
Regis High School (New York City)
Regis High School is a private Jesuit university-preparatory school for academically gifted Roman Catholic young men located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Annual class enrollment is limited to approximately 135 male students from the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area...

 in Manhattan
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 and then at Columbia University
Columbia University
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Since 1984 Luc Sante has been a full-time writer. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, where he worked first in the mailroom and then as assistant to editor Barbara Epstein
Barbara Epstein
Barbara Epstein was a literary editor and a founding co-editor of the New York Review of Books.Epstein, née Zimmerman, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, to a Jewish-American family, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1949.Ms...

. Sante has written on the subjects of film, art, photography, and miscellaneous cultural phenomena as well as book reviews.

His books include Low Life (1991), Evidence (1992), The Factory of Facts (1998), Walker Evans (1999), Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005 (2007), and Folk Photography (2009). He co-edited, with the writer, his former wife, Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Melissa Holbrook Pierson, born in Akron, Ohio, is a writer and essayist of non-fiction. She is a life-long motorcycle enthusiast and this is reflected in many of her books...

, O. K. You Mugs: Writers on Movie Actors (1998), and translated and edited Félix Fénéon
Félix Fénéon
Félix Fénéon was a Parisian anarchist and art critic during the late 19th century...

's Novels in Three Lines (2007) for the New York Review Books
New York Review Books
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 (NYRB) series.

Sante received a Whiting Writer's Award in 1989, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1992-93, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997, a Grammy, for album notes, in 1998 (Sante was one of the album note writers for the 1997 re-issue of the Anthology of American Folk Music
Anthology of American Folk Music
The Anthology of American Folk Music is a six-album compilation released in 1952 by Folkways Records , comprising eighty-four American folk, blues and country music recordings that were originally issued from 1927 to 1932.Experimental filmmaker and notable eccentric Harry Smith compiled the music...

), and an Infinity Award for writing from the International Center of Photography
International Center of Photography
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 in 2010. He lives in Ulster County, New York
Ulster County, New York
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, and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College
Bard College
Bard College, founded in 1860 as "St. Stephen's College", is a small four-year liberal arts college located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.-Location:...


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