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We love Electric Literature and we love Halloween, so what could be better than a spooky, literary costume party raising money for the magazine? The Ace Hotel hosted the second annual Genre Ball last Friday and writers, editors, and readers danced all night in garb inspired by their favorite literary characters and genres. (Check: author Tony Tulathimutte as The Legend of Zelda's Link, Book of the Month Club's Maris Kreizman as The Handmaiden Tale's Offred.) Live...
Editor-in-chief of Brooklyn-born lit magazine Electric Literature, co-founder of Gigantic Magazine, and a Twitter user truly gifted at combining memes with archival sci-fi imagery, Lincoln Michel is a master of where literary culture and the internet meet. His recent collection of funny, dark short stories, Upright Beasts, similarly blends worlds and bends rules. You are both a fiction writer and an editor. How do you balance those two kinds of work? How to they complement...
I've been trying this new thing, lately, where I stay far, far away from things on the Internet that are designed to make me angry, and instead concentrating only on the things I like. And lest you think this means I spend virtually no time online, let me assure you that this is not the case! Not at all. In fact, it's remarkably easy to avoid stories about teenagers picking out multimillion dollar apartments...
What first brought you to Brooklyn, and do you feel like you’re part of a larger creative community here? I came to NYC to go to grad school at Columbia, and after graduation moved to Fort Greene. Brooklyn, at least before it became this expensive, really offered the best of everything. Gorgeous neighborhoods with plenty going on and a real neighborhood feel while still being a short subway ride from anywhere I'd want to go...

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