The Joseph Mitchell shortcut.

So you’re an avid reader of history, but you’re also a professional educator who doesn’t have all the time in the world.  Somebody is making you read a 716-page collection of short (mostly) non-fiction pieces from the 1930s-1950s.  They’re interesting, but you don’t have all the time in the world!  What do you do?

You read the following pieces before April:

1. The Old House at Home

2. Professor Sea Gull

3. The Cave Dwellers

4. King of the Gypsies

5. Obituary of a Gin Mill

6. Houdini’s Picnic

7. All You Can Hold for Five Bucks

8.  A Mess of Clams

9.  Up in the Old Hotel

10. The Bottom of the Harbor

11.  Mr. Hunter’s Grave

12. Joe Gould’s Secret

Then you finish the book later when you have more time.


3 responses to “The Joseph Mitchell shortcut.

  1. Paul Zschokke

    I’m on page 645. Where were you when I needed you?

  2. Jonathan Rees

    You’ll live, Paul.

  3. Paul Zschokke

    Yes, but any opportunity to rib you, Jonathan…

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