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Joe Gould: Joseph Mitchell’s Secret

I found the book to be a rare find. It was as awkward and strange as Joe Gould himself. The writing was very artful, and showed Joseph Mitchell’s skills. The beginning of the book was what left a big impression on me. The way that Mitchell described Gould painted a vivid picture of the character. His living conditions, obsessions, and his style of dress were things that caught my attention. I enjoyed the fact that Mitchell chose such an obscure person to research. I liked how Gould was carved into an awkward kind of celebrity.

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