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Kristin Iversen

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Kristin Iversen is the executive editor at Brooklyn Magazine.
There’s plenty of places in this country that encourage disenchantment, cities and states that practically compete to provide visitors with a sense of disillusionment and despair. Then there’s Hawaii. From the moment I arrived, there was something like a command to surrender to enchantment, a mandate for ecstasy. This makes a certain kind of sense: Hawaii’s physical beauty is legendary; the fact that even the air itself--smelling of flowers, of ripe greenness, fecund and...
Brooklyn is a funny place in summer. This is the season when it is best to be here, and it is also the season when it is best to escape. Of course, escape is only temporary; escapes are, to quote James Agee (who knew what was what when it came to Brooklyn), “relative, and bestow their own peculiar form of bondage.” There is, in other words, no escape. But this is already known, isn’t...
Let’s face it: even though it’s really fun to score mini-bottles of shampoo and body wash from whatever hotel you might be staying at while on vacation, there’s nothing worse than traveling to somewhere far, far away only to find out that there’s no conditioner or toothpaste available at your destination. Here are our favorite things to take along on any trip you take this summer, from a tube of our favorite toothpaste to...
Korean Air Lounge Terminal 1, John F. Kennedy International Airport There’s a saying in Denmark: “Only a fool isn’t afraid of the ocean.” This maxim typically gets employed every summer, when Germans vacationing along the Danish coastline are swept away by the ferocious North Sea currents. I am no fool. I am afraid of the ocean. But I am not afraid of much else. And yet: On a Tuesday night not long ago, I haphazardly threw clothes...

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