Up in the Old Hotel

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Up in the Old Hotel had its beginnings in the nineteen-thirties, in the hopelessness of the early days of the Great Depression, when Joseph Mitchell, at that time a young newspaper reporter in New York City, gradually became aware that the people be respected the most and got the most pleasure out of interviewing were really pretty strange. "Among them," he once wrote, were visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the-end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy kings and old Gypsy queens, and ...
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Up in the Old Hotel had its beginnings in the nineteen-thirties, in the hopelessness of the early days of the Great Depression, when Joseph Mitchell, at that time a young newspaper reporter in New York City, gradually became aware that the people be respected the most and got the most pleasure out of interviewing were really pretty strange. "Among them," he once wrote, were 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." One of the street preachers was a gloomily eloquent old Southerner named the Reverend Mr. James Jefferson Davis Hall, who carried a WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY? sign up and down the sidewalks of the theatrical district, which he called "the belly and the black heart of that Great Whore of Babylon, the city of New York," for a generation; one of the Gypsy kings was King Cockeye Johnny Nikanov, who liked to say that the difference between Gypsies and gajos, or non-Gypsies, is that a Gypsy will steal gasoline out of the tanks of parked automobiles but that a high-class United States politician gajo will steal a whole damned oil well; one of the freak-show freaks was Jane Barnell, billed as Lady Olga, who was the Bearded Lady in Hubert's Museum and Flea Circus on Forty-second Street and who was a legend in the freak-show world because of her imaginatively sarcastic and sometimes imaginatively obscene and sometimes imaginatively brutal remarks about people in freak-show audiences delivered deadpan and sotto voce to her fellow freaks gathered about her on the platform. These people were extraordinarily dissimilar, but all of them, each and every one of them, protected themselves and kept themselves going by the use of a kind of humor that Mitchell thought of as graveyard humor, and he admired them for this. Even the Reverend Hall depended on this kind of humor to get his points across, and some of his gloomiest sermons were at the s
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like a Coney Island sideshow barker who might have appeared in one of Mitchell's New Yorker profiles, this collection promises an uncommon world. And it delivers, in compassionate, wistful examinations of early-20th-century New Yorkers who share a common trait: they exist on the outskirts of society in either habit or mind. There is nine-year-old Philippa Duke Schuyler, who has an IQ of 185 and ``reads Plutarch on train trips, eats steaks raw, writes poems in honor of her dolls, plays poker, and is the composer of more than sixty pieces for the piano.'' Also compelling are profiles of New York places, as much characters as people are. Mitchell's writing on McSorley's Saloon, the Union League of the Deaf, Sloppy Louie's--all either gone or changed--captures the town in its days as a manufacturing center. If the four sections in this collection ( McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, Joe Gould's Secret ) evoked only a long-lost New York, they would still be worthwhile. But there is more. Mitchell speaks of facts that enlighten and redeem--the book's greatest gift. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679412632
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/4/1992
  • Pages: 736

Table of Contents

Author's Note
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon
The Old House at Home 3
Mazie 23
Hit on the Head with a Cow 40
Professor Sea Gull 52
A Spism and a Spasm 71
Lady Olga 89
Evening with a Gifted Child 106
A Sporting Man 118
The Cave Dwellers 137
King of the Gypsies 145
The Gypsy Women 164
The Deaf-Mutes Club 210
Santa Claus Smith 224
The Don't-Swear Man 232
Obituary of a Gin Mill 243
Houdini's Picnic 253
The Mohawks in High Steel 267
All You Can Hold for Five Bucks 291
A Mess of Clams 303
The Same as Monkey Glands 314
Goodbye, Shirley Temple 325
On the Wagon 330
The Kind Old Blonde 337
I Couldn't Dope It Out 340
The Downfall of Fascism in Black Ankle County 346
Blame It All on Mamma 356
Uncle Dockery and the Independent Bull 364
Old Mr. Flood
Old Mr. Flood 375
The Black Clams 390
Mr. Flood's Party 411
The Bottom of the Harbor
Up in the Old Hotel 439
The Bottom of the Harbor 465
The Rats on the Waterfront 489
Mr. Hunter's Grave 504
Dragger Captain 537
The Rivermen 574
Joe Gould's Secret 623
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