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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...
“We have a new story,” Halimah Marcus tells me over lunch in the Flatiron, a few blocks away from Electric Literature’s office, which it shares with the publishing venture Catapult. (One of EL’s founders, Andy Hunter, is Catapult’s publisher and chief operating officer.) Marcus would know—she’s been with Electric Literature since 2010, as long as she’s been in Brooklyn and only a few months after its founding. Now, six years later, she is its...
  It’s a truism to say that books change lives, but the commonality of the sentiment doesn’t make it any less real. Brooklyn Magazine asked as many writers and editors and book people it could think of to talk about the piece of writing that changed them. Their answers are myriad, delightful, and as personal as a fingerprint. Time to head to your local bookstore (or library) and stock up. LUCAS ADAMS cartoonist-writer and co-editor New York...
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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