Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium in 1954, and emigrated with his family to the United States in the early 1960s. He was educated at Columbia University, but did not take a degree. He was an assistant to Barbara Epstein at The New York Review of Books, and since 1999 has taught writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His books include Maybe the People Would Be the Times (2020), Low Life: The Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991), Evidence (1992), The Factory of Facts (1998), Kill All Your Darlings (2007), and The Other Paris (2015), as well as a translation of Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines (2007). He has received Guggenheim and Cullman Fellowships, as well as a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center of Photography, and a Grammy, for album notes.