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Helena Fitzgerald

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Helena Fitzgerald is a former editor of and frequent contributor to The New Inquiry. In addition, she has published fiction and nonfiction in Vice, Refinery29, Bookslut, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Midnight Breakfast, Brooklyn Based, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Notre Dame Review, among others. She can be found on twitter @helfitzgerald.
These days, the words “Brooklyn” and “tattoo” are almost co-significant, a too-obvious cliché along the lines of beards, craft cocktails, artisanal food, and DIY music. But Brooklyn’s tattoo history is a long one that was both vibrant and creative well before Brooklyn became famous for being Brooklyn. Yet today especially, tattooing partially defines this place. And over the last 20 years, as Brooklyn has roared through the world as an international brand, it has...
The song’s lyrics don’t make any sense until you’ve listened to them a few times, and even then they only make the kind nonsensical sense things make after you’ve tied them to associations with your own life. “Broom People” by the Mountain Goats starts with a list of objects, the kinds of unsightly things you might see piled up around the house of a town’s infamous and unloved resident hoarder. The list burrows further...
New York is an indoor city. Its buildings lean close together, and its geography is a blinking beehive, a living wall of windows constellated like stars. In the depths of winter, a version of the city in which everything can be accessed via a network of underground tunnels seems just out of reach—I imagine the subways expanded right up to my door, so that I would never have to touch the surface. Manhattan and...
Last spring, a new tenant moved into the building across the street from mine. I know this because I watched the agent show him the apartment, a formal and nervous darting from room to room while she stood in the doorway. I watched him and a friend carry box after box up the stairs and deposit them in the two rooms of the apartment. I watched as he set up the bed in one...

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