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In my upcoming essay course on Ruzuku, we'll spend a week reading and discussing some of Sante's work from the collection Kill All Your Darlings. One of the things that really seems to distinguish his work, for me, is that nearly everything is expressed through a sense of the physical: objects, geography, place. Much of this is evident in a piece he wrote for New York Magazine: My Dealing, Stealing, Squealing Neighbors. He can also be genre-defying, as in the essay The Unknown Soldier, which seems closer to a poem yet clearly expresses the sense of history of the Lower East Side of New York in the form of a litany of all of the many people who have passed before us. And that same sense of cataloging and collage can be found in The Book Collection that Devoured My Life.
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