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Interviewing Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of BuzzFeed Books and coauthor of Pen & Ink, is a little like trying to pry a host away from a bustling party. You also have to submit to his interview questions. Isaac, like any good editor, wants to know everything. Just shy of two years into his tenure at BuzzFeed, Isaac came to Brooklyn from San Francisco (a city he wrote about beautifully for lit mag Berfrois), following stints...
Infinite Home, the second novel by Brooklyn writer Kathleen Alcott, has a modest set-up, following the interconnected lives of one Brooklyn brownstone’s tenants at a crucial point in their histories and the building’s history. Yet what Alcott does with her small community is nothing short of magic. Through short scenes, written with an exacting care and beauty, she creates characters that are so well realized that by the novel’s end, it’s easy to mistake...
There’s a common perception that as the temperature starts to rise and we fling open our windows and off our clothes and make weekend plans to go to the beach, we also shed our intelligence. Or, at least, that’s the sense I get whenever I see a list of recommended beach reads, usually full of books as mind-numbing as the brain-freezes I always get from eating ice cream too fast. I’m not even quite...

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