The Telephone Booth Indian

A.J. Liebling Luc Sante

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The Telephone Booth Indian

The Telephone Booth Indian By A.J. Liebling Luc Sante The Telephone Booth Indian A classic work on Broadway sharpers grifters and con men by the late great New Yorker journalist A J Liebling Often referred to as Liebling lowlife pieces the essays in The Telephone Booth Indian

  • Title: The Telephone Booth Indian
  • Author: A.J. Liebling Luc Sante
  • ISBN: 9780767917360
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Telephone Booth Indian By A.J. Liebling Luc Sante A classic work on Broadway sharpers, grifters, and con men by the late, great New Yorker journalist A J Liebling.Often referred to as Liebling lowlife pieces, the essays in The Telephone Booth Indian boisterously celebrate raffishness A J Liebling appreciated a good scam and knew how to cultivate the scammers Telephone Booth Indians entrepreneurs so impecunious thA classic work on Broadway sharpers, grifters, and con men by the late, great New Yorker journalist A J Liebling.Often referred to as Liebling lowlife pieces, the essays in The Telephone Booth Indian boisterously celebrate raffishness A J Liebling appreciated a good scam and knew how to cultivate the scammers Telephone Booth Indians entrepreneurs so impecunious that they conduct business from telephone booths in the lobbies of New York City office buildings and a host of other petty nomads of Broadway with names like Marty the Clutch and Count de Pennies are the protagonists in this incomparable Liebling work In The Telephone Booth Indian, Liebling proves just why he was the go to man on New York lowlife and con culture this is the master at the top of his form, uncovering scam after scam and writing about them with the wit and charisma that established him as one of the greatest journalists of his generation and one of New York s finest cultural chroniclers.
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    1. Rufussenex on said:

      This was my first introduction to Liebling Incomparably dry and funny prose the unexpected adjective followed by a left hook simile, or a metaphor so grossly unnecessary in its erudition that it is thus perfectly right renders a 30s New York of carnies and cons and businessmen and wrestlers and hatcheck clerks so vividly that it becomes your life, your memories, your people I get that way with Liebling.

    2. Linet Henry on said:

      I read this book in bits and pieces sometimes over and over again Like Joseph Mitchell s stories it reminds me of the New York my father told me about, the New York I remember very vaguely from early childhood with the pre memory sense of familiarity which could have come from the stories your parents told you This is a fantastic book to read if you want to become a good writer, and if you like this book I suggest reading some Joseph Mitchell.

    3. Vickey Foggin on said:

      A collection of sharp and smart essays written in the 1930 s by an ace reporter about the hucksters and con men of the day Mostly engaging and hilarious, except for The Boy in the Pistachio Suit about the history of a newspaper syndicate.

    4. Jesse on said:

      And again, and again I have the North Point ed and it was reissued in this series, which I reviewed in 2003, and which, sad to say, seems to have ceased publication soon thereafter Not because of me, I don t think.So in several ways, they don t make em like this any Some of that is probably a good thing as this article by Jack Shafer points out, Liebling made stuff up Which is sorta disappointing, but also not that surprising I m not sure anyone, not even the promoters and shysters and scammers [...]

    5. Bryan on said:

      I no longer own this book I was so fond of it that I had to give it away.Liebling is incredible Though he lacks the soft, nostalgic heart of Joseph Mitchell, he captures the rough edges of old New York s hustlers and promoters perfectly.

    6. Jonah on said:

      this was recommended by luc sante, who wrote the introduction liebling s a new yorker writer from way back when, and this is a series of essay on broadway con men and riff raff in the 40s it s excellent

    7. Takipsilim on said:

      Interesting vignettes of Depression era life in New York The day to day activities of small time businessmen, crooks, athletes, and others are finely shown Liebling s bias shows but this is worth the read in being a time capsule to a bygone age.

    8. John on said:

      Reprint of a look from 1945 of the way New York was before and during the depression Filled with bookies, boxers, producers and hat girls Fun read about New York in the early part of the 20th century Chapters cover the Shuberts, boxers and the creating of coat checks.

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