Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium. He is the author of several works, such as Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, and Kill All Your Darlings. He received a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1989 from the Whiting Foundation, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997, a Grammy (for the liner notes for the album Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by Harry Smith), an Infinity Literary Award from the International Center of Photography (ICP), as well as grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Cullman Institute. He has contributed, since 1981, to the New York Review of Books and to several other publications, including cinema-related publications, such as Interview, Wigwag or the reissues of films from the Criterion Collection. He has written introductions and prefaced books by authors such as Georges Simenon, Émile Zola, Walker Evans, Joseph Mitchell and Bob Dylan. In the nineteen-eighties he was part of the New York alternative scene, along with artists such as Jim Jarmusch or Jean-Michel Basquiat. He was an advisor for Martin Scorsese's film Gangs of New York (2002). He is a Writing and History of Photography visiting scholar at Bard College and lives in Ulster County, New York. His latest book, The Other Paris, has enjoyed enormous success, with reviews in the most important cultural supplements of Europe and the US. Recently he was the cover of The Paris Review and the curator of its Carluccio & Co. Portfolio.