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2003-04-08 , ,

I’m home, sick with a cold, so I’m catching up on my reading. Just read Flophouse, Life on the Bowery by David Isay. I didn’t hear the NPR broadcasts of Sunshine Hotel: Part I and Sunshine Hotel: Part II (real audio) until after seeing a documentary on Sundance channel but the book is even more striking. These life stories are each rendered alongside the photos in just a few words of interview. I have an arm’s-length sympathy for these characters. I worked in Catskill hotels through college and the porters, dishwashers and housekeepers I met lived these lives and had these faces. The ‘Animal House’, what they called their staff quarters, where they boozed and slept looked a lot like the photos of inside these flophouses.

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