By Troy Patterson
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:39 AM EDT
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My Ears Are Bent

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Before he crafted nonfiction classics for The New Yorker, and before he contracted journalism’s nastiest case of writer’s block, Mitchell was a newspaper reporter poking around noirish nooks of New York City. This expanded edition of a 1938 collection finds the master working his usual beat — observing saloonkeepers, stripteasers, voodoo doctors, and ”one of the country’s most accomplished pickpockets” — and already in command of his unusual acuity. Tasting the delicacies from the first nine years of Mitchell’s career whets one’s appetite for an explanation of what was happening in his head over the final — silent — 30.

My Ears Are Bent

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  • Joseph Mitchell

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