from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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Jim Thompson's life was apparently on the noiser side (although Polito recites the facts of his Communist years, of his drinking and his occasional low-living in such a dry and prosaic manner it's hard to hear it), but learning the known facts about how he lived it still falls far short of the uproariousness of The Killer Inside Me or The Getaway or Pop.
Our modern scientists have discarded the ` ` noble savage, '' so dearly beloved by our grandfathers, and they have replaced him by the ` ` splendid savage '' of the French Valleys who 35,000 years ago made an end to the universal rule of the low-browed and low-living brutes of the Neanderthal and other Germanic neighbourhoods.
Those who give themselves over to low-living, to fighting, and to brutality, shall feel upon them the weight of those little lives, so needing care.
Yet I have learned from a side-wind that he is but a debauched and low-living man, though he covers his pleasures with a mask of piety.
Concha, however, with that lean strength that comes from a life of abstemiousness and low-living, crept along in the shadow of the houses and reached his destination unhurt.
Wharton he gave special care (he had some private scores to pay off), and in the character of Verres, he etched the portrait of a profligate, an unscrupulous governor, a scoundrel, an infidel to his religion and country, a reckless, selfish, low-living blackguard.
It's all very fine to assume a lofty scorn of the pleasures of the table, but there is great virtue in a really good feed, especially when low-living and high-thinking have been the order of the day. "