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Following the outrageous verdict in the trial of Cecily McMillan, one of the prevailing feelings among those of us who couldn't believe that McMillan was found guilty was one of futility. There had been a massive miscarriage of justice, and now the threat of up to seven years in jail now hung over a young woman who had substantial evidence that she'd suffered abuse from the policeman whose eye she struck with her elbow....
Chad Harbach's 2010 n+1 essay "MFA vs NYC" posited with its titular binary that there are but two paths to literary success for all the wannabe writers out there. There is the MFA route— "spread across the diffuse network of provincial college towns that spans from Irvine, Calif., to Austin, Tex., to Ann Arbor, Mich., to Tallahassee, Fla."—which starts off with workshops full of aspiring writers run by larger-than-life instructors who have fine-tuned the discussion of craft...
NO. 13 The Most Literary Neighborhood Where To Find The Densest Concentration Of Bookstores And Publishers Ask someone to picture “Literary Brooklyn,” and they might imagine the young writers starting out in Bushwick, or the published authors settled in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. But if you’re talking about infrastructure, few neighborhoods could consider themselves as bookish as—are you sitting down?—DUMBO. The formerly industrial microcommunity beneath the bridges, known more for its staggering residential rents and Belgian-block streets,...

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