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We’re pretty firmly of the mind that no matter how grim things seem in the world at large, life will always be at least kind of OK as long there’s something good to read. And so, lucky for us, even if the last five years have had their ups-and-downs, we’ve always been able to find an escape. Here, then, are the 25 books—all by Brooklyn authors—that have allowed us—and some other notable people in...
I met David Shapiro outside his apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, around 11 on a Wednesday morning. We shook hands, and he told me this was the first interview for his recently published novel, You’re Not Much Use to Anyone, that he’d done at home. Honored, I followed him up four flights to the sunny, quiet apartment he shares with two roommates. David Shapiro is not David Shapiro’s real name, but a pseudonym he adopted in...
This week, Brooklyn author Adelle Waldman's excellent first novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. will be released in paperback, and since its debut last summer, the titular character has become more than just shorthand for the book itself, but a trope particular to the kind of man who's both charming and intellectual yet inexcusably self-absorbed, entitled and emotionally immature. He's got beta-male sweetness that made him a late romantic bloomer, and he's replaced the inherent...
Illustration by Sarah Lutkenhaus Writing about romance is not always easy; far too often a writer drifts into cliché, or is overly cautious of cliché and misses the mark altogether, leaving the reader cold. And yet the best writing that revolves around the concept of love frequently counts as some of the best writing that we’ve ever read. This is probably because the experience of love and romance is one that we’re inclined to want...

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