By: Luc Sante
Dashiell Hammett vs. The Situationists
She could make a rising inflection transcend all the bitterness.
In American humor, she discerned “a deep-lying mood of disseverance.”
He was a model for the “gentleman cambrioleur” Arsène Lupin.
Jules Verne on laudanum, and four other writers rolled into one.
A founding member of the Bouzingos.
He was called “the musketeer of anarchy.”
One of his novels argues that theft is a reasonable career path.
He was poet laureate of the live ones.
Robbed a train, recorded with the Sex Pistols.
He was a great writer and a cautionary tale.
He was a poet of the urban night.
Poet, boxer, and enigmatic pioneer of self-invention.
“Bookworm parrot Legba biker orphan pirate poet.”
His untranslatable wordplay never fails to dazzle.