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by Stacy Abramson,David Isay

"This book takes you to places you think you don't want to enter, to people you think you don't want to meet, to lives you think you don't want to live--and makes you rethink all your assumptions. It reveals the tremendous strength and humanity of those who are usually ignored. And as you pay attention, your own humanity expands."        ---Susan Stamberg, special correspondent, National Public RadioIn its heyday, close to one hundred thousand men found shelter each night in flophouses along America's largest and most infamous skid row, the Bowery. Today, only a handful of flops are left, their tiny five- and ten-dollar-a-night rooms home to fewer than a thousand men, mostly long-time residents. In a handful of years, this world will be gone.        In Flophouse, documentarians David Isay and Stacy Abramson and photographer Harvey Wang chronicle this vanishing world through the voices and portraits of a number of those residents, interspersed with photographs of their surroundings. The men come from all manner of backgrounds, and the rich variety of the tales they tell is a testament to the number of ways the bottom can fall out of life in America, even in prosperous times. This book warrants comparison with Walker Evans and James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, but the authors were inspired most directly by Joseph Mitchell, who wrote about some of these same flophouses with an honest warmth and an acceptance of life as it's found. Shimmering with humanity and utterly devoid of false sentiment, Flophouse is a powerful reminder that even on the margins, life defies all attempts at reduction.
Download Flophouse: Life on the Bowery epub
ISBN: 0375758313
ISBN13: 978-0375758317
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Photography & Video
Author: Stacy Abramson,David Isay
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 11, 2001)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1944 kb
FB2 size: 1157 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 906
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Excellant book depicting life as it is today in flophouses - the few that remain. In decade past these places, old hotels with some modifications, were places where destitute men stayed - sometimes for decades. The "rooms" they have are little more than closets. Most of the men live day-to-day, such as by collecting pop bottles, or using gambling winnings. The book does a seperate interview of a dozen men and they tell of their lives in their own words, about how they arrived at a bowery flop house and why they stay. Each entry also has some corresponding photos. Some of the owners of these hotels are also interviewed. All photography is in black and white, lending a sort of gritty and yet poignant feel. In some ways, it is a shame that these few remaining flophouses will soon close. As bad as these living conditions are, it would seem likely that these men will end up being homeless.
The culture of the flop house is dying as the bowery become gentrified. The photos in this book are well done and the brief snapshots into the lives of the residents, from the crazy, to the broke or drug addicted are fascinating and sad, but sometimes they are heartening. A glimpse into a past that will soon be gone.
I bought my 1st copy of this numbing book immediately after seeing Isay & Abramson interviewed on C-Span Booknotes. Since then, I've ordered 6 more copies for others. Mandatory reading! The forbidden journey through the fragile cubicles of the flop houses is an eerie dream where life's faceless are given faces, the nameless names, and the definitions of hope and hopelessness take on new dimensions. Isay & Abramson highlight the great talent and intellect of so many who have lost their way, reminding us that there, but for the Grace of God, go we. But with poignance and artistry they also show the consequenses of hope lost. Like Ghosts of Xmas Future, Isay & Abramson's work shouts at us not to let this life become an alternative for our fellow human beings. Brava!
This book was in perfect condition for a used book and the delivery was fast! This was alos an excellent addition to the Sunshine Hotel film, though infinitely more depressing. There are places where people go who don't want to be found, who for various reasons get down on their luck and find themselves at a "flop". It would be wrong to discredit or judge these people for the turn of events that lead them to the places described in the book. The stories gut wrenching and real and are still going on today.
Tyler Is Not Here
Not from NY and knew nothing about the Bowery. Fell upon it one day when I heard / researched CBGB's. Fascinating book; read it entirely the day it arrived.
Very interesting book, great history and pictures
I enjoyed reading this book. It provides a glimpse into a world I didn't even know exists. I just wish it was longer.
A most interesting read with excellent black and white images.
A "must" for anyone interested in The Big Apple".