Interview: Travis Elborough

“But the one writer I go back to again and again is Joseph Mitchell. I am sure you know of him, but he was a pioneer of the kind of novelistic reportage later christened ‘New Journalism’ by Tom Wolfe. He specialised in chronicling the wilder sides of New York, a city he moved to at the outbreak of the Great Depression and instantly fell in love with. From 1938 until his death in 1996, he was a staff writer on the New Yorker and filled its pages with pen portraits of steelworkers, street-preachers, bearded sideshow ladies, tavern keepers and their assorted and unseemly clientele, fish-stall holders and impecunious flop-house philosophers.”

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