Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium. He is also the author of Evidence and The Factory of Facts and co-editor, with Melissa Holbrook Pierson, of O.K. You Mugs: Writers on Movie Actors. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Grammy for album notes, and in 2001 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written for many magazines; has been the film critic for Interview, the book critic for New York, and the photography critic for The New Republic; and served as historical consultant for Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. He is Visiting Professor of Writing and the History of Photography at Bard College and lives with his wife and son in Ulster County, New York.