My Ears Are Bent (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Joseph Mitchell was born in North Carolina and moved to New York City in 1929.  He died in 1996.

Praise For…

My Ears Are Bent sparkles with laughter and exuberance.”
Los Angeles Times

“This reporter, prose stylist and observer of life remains that vanished world's Scheherezade.”
The Washington Post

“These stories, the tales of the people he has talked to in the course of his wanderings about New York, are done with a sharp eye for the revealing detail, and in a prose that is casual, but tough.”
—Stanley Walker, The Herald Tribune

“Delicacies from the first nine years of Mitchell's career.”
Entertainment Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375726309
ISBN-10: 0375726306
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: July 8th, 2008
Pages: 299
Language: English
Series: Vintage