The Bottom of the Harbor

Great collection of New Yorker articles by Mitchell about New York and its various watery states, from the fish market and Sloppy Louie’s, to the Staten Island oyster and New Jersey shad fishermen. Interviews that stretch for pages with quotes that had to have been crafted by Mitchell himself, the rhythmic cadences of his phrasing giving him away. Fantastic time capsule of 1950s and earlier NYC life. He ends the collection with Rivermen, “As far as I’m concerned, the purpose of life is to stay alive and to keep on staying alive as long as you possibly can.”