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Marian Bull

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Marian Bull is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.
At Boobie Trap in Bushwick, surrounded by neon lights and busts of all sorts, Emma Barash and Amanda Brooklyn are doing something they usually avoid at all costs: They’re explaining a lyric. So it goes: “If I am the meat and you are the doorway / I bleed for the babies / You stand only for my pain / Are you humbled by it?” It’s about Passover, and they’re quickly walking me through why,...
Say what you will about the suits and the high rises and the Starbuckses proliferating Williamsburg and vampire-sucking out all its charm and affordability. So long as Saltie—the little Moby Dick-themed sandwich shop that could—is still open, the neighborhood hasn’t lost its ingenuity. Here, chef-owner Caroline Fidanza and her small crew have been selling briny and bright sandwiches that spill forth from studio apartment-sized slabs of lush, salty focaccia since 2009. It’s the sort...
On my birthday last year I ran into a girl I’d gone to high school with. We hadn’t seen each other in almost a decade. It was the first warm day of spring, late March, and I was a beaming mess, wool coat over who knows what, giggling and smoking Camel filters next to a boy, sex hair at its all-time worst. Maybe I wasn’t wearing any pants? We would have liked that. All...
When I got to Brooklyn the typical fantasies of Regular Status began. At some point, I thought, I'd find my bar and I'd feel comfortable going there alone to read or write or chat and also to drink. It seemed like a rite of passage for independent city-dwelling adults who liked to have a drink or three. The idea only grew brighter and more alluring the longer I stayed. My beautiful dark drunken fantasies. A...

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