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Up in the Old Hotel (1992)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679746315, Paperback)Journalist Joseph Mitchell, whose death in in May 1996 at the age of 87 merited a half-page obituary in the New York Times, pioneered a style of journalism while crafting brilliant magazine pieces for the New Yorker from the 1930s to the early 1960s. Up in the Old Hotel, a collection of his best reporting, is a 700-page joy to read.
Mitchell lovingly chronicled the lives of odd New York characters. In the pages of Up In the Old Hotel, the reader passes through places such as McSorley's Old Ale House or the Fulton Fish Market that many observers might have found ordinary. But when experienced through Mitchell's gifted eye, the reader will see that these haunts of old New York possess poetry, beauty, and meaning.
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"Mitchell is the laureate of old New York, the hidden cornors of the city and the people who lived there are his subject. He captured the waterfront rooming house, nickel-a-drink saloons, all night reswtaurants, the 'visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the-end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy Kings and old Gypsy Queens, and out-and-out freak-show freaks'. Mitchell's trademark curiosity, coutesy and graveyard humour fuel these magical works of reportage." --Back cover.
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