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It seems like it's been an eternity since I was last compiling a list of the most popular posts for 2013 on old bkmag dot com. Alas it has not been an eternity, it has only—obviously—been a year. But what a year it was! Full of pregnant tarantulas and white flags flying over Brooklyn and catcalling videos and BuzzFeed lists about the joys of living in New York and ohsomanythings that we wrote about...
Two weeks ago, we published a literary map of Brooklyn, highlighting the books we felt best represented the neighborhoods in which they were set. Compiling the list of books for that map had us thinking about what it means for a story to not just be from a place, but also of it, and why it is that some places have an abundance of literary riches (we're looking at you, American South), while others, well,...
To paraphrase a famous member of the local literary scene, Brooklyn contains multitudes. And perhaps nowhere are those multitudes made more manifest than in the borough's many neighborhoods, each as different from one another as are the city's boroughs themselves. Over the years, countless writers have borne witness to the nuances of each neighborhood, celebrating the singular smell of the streets in Bushwick or the way the light washes over the beach in Coney...

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