This same house published last year My Ears Are Bent by Joseph Mitchell, a feature reporter's collection of sensational interviews covering the famous and notorious. This is somewhat in the same vein -- minus the sensationalism and the low-brow lure. A former feature interviewer of The World-Telegram recounts odd bits about the flotsam and jetsam of New York City, his home town. Eccentrics, bums and derelicts figure largely in this collection which features many sketches of unexpected and unique ways of life and the hodge-podge that composes the cosmopolitanism of New York. Human interest on a large scale with a market in those seeking oddities of city life.