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Age: 29 Neighborhood: South Williamsburg Most Likely To: Be Unpredictable Favorite Quote: "Things are what you make of them." Sometimes sparkly agendas emblazoned with “Live Your Truth” or “Too Legit To Quit” are a little bit forced, but Adam J. Kurtz has found the sweet spot of encouraging art that's  inspirational and honest. You might have seen his illustrations as pins, patches, or keychains, trinkets embellished with phrases like “You Tried” or “Feelings” or “At Least You’re...
Every year, our annual 30 under 30 lists highlight young Brooklynites who are marching fearlessly into the future, taking the borough with them―wherever they go. Following their lead, we asked ourselves what we could do better to ensure that these lists fairly reflects this borough's population, and everything it has to offer. If not everything, as much as possible. Instead of trying to tell Brooklyn who and what it is, by making our own...
PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN MIDGLEY MAKEUP MICHAEL PATTERSON HAIR TISH CELESTINE If the mark of a brilliant actor is blurring the boundary between themselves and the characters they play, the mark of an equally intelligent audience is identifying where that boundary begins and ends, so we are not lost in the performance. But because we live in a culture obsessed with the belief that the only boundaries that exist are the ones the mind creates, actors find themselves performing...
In a conversation with writer and editor Manjula Martin for her book, Scratch: Writers, Money and the Art of Making a Living, Jonathan Franzen spoke candidly about why visibility matters in the literary world. “When USA Today, does its annual tiresome ‘What is life in the culture now?’ spread and they list ten TV shows and fifteen websites and five Twitter feeds and a couple of music acts, and there’s not a single fiction writer...

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