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‘The Old House at Home’

If you’re looking for something good to read to finish the weekend, you’ll find nothing better than Joseph Mitchell’s 1940 profile of McSorley’s Old Ale House, newly (but I think only temporarily) freed from the confines of The New Yorker’s paywall.

Just read the first paragraph and see how Mitchell pulls you in. So great.

(If you like Mitchell’s writing as much as I do, I heartily recommend Up in the Old Hotel, a collection of his remarkable work.)

Sunday, 3 August 2014