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My Ears Are Bent

My Ears Are Bent
Author: Joseph Mitchell
ISBN 13: 9780375726309
ISBN 10: 375726306
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2008-07-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $15.00

As a young newspaper reporter in 1930s New York, Joseph Mitchell interviewed fan dancers, street evangelists, voodoo conjurers, not to mention a lady boxer who also happened to be a countess. Mitchell haunted parts of the city now vanished: the fish market, burlesque houses, tenement neighborhoods, and storefront churches. Whether he wrote about a singing first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers or a nudist who does a reverse striptease, Mitchell brilliantly illuminated the humanity in the oddest New Yorkers.

These pieces, written primarily for The World-Telegram and The Herald Tribune, highlight his abundant gifts of empathy and observation, and give us the full-bodied picture of the famed New Yorker writer Mitchell would become.

New York Times Book Review - Jimmy Breslin

. . . a small book of stories from Mitchell's city-room days at two New York City newspapers . . . [The stories] were written before World War II and they are as good now as they were when he wrote them.