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Around 7:15 one recent Thursday evening, Greenlight Bookstore was crowded to the brim, full with lit-lovers eager to hear Ben Lerner read from his latest work, The Hatred of Poetry. The slim book comprises an essay that explores the value, capabilities, and perhaps most notably, the failures of poetry; its title contrasts heavily with Brooklyn’s long held identity as a mecca for book lovers as well as a home and laboratory for many poets. A literary critic,...
We’re pretty firmly of the mind that no matter how grim things seem in the world at large, life will always be at least kind of OK as long there’s something good to read. And so, lucky for us, even if the last five years have had their ups-and-downs, we’ve always been able to find an escape. Here, then, are the 25 books—all by Brooklyn authors—that have allowed us—and some other notable people in...
Illustration by Jordan Sondler In Ben Lerner’s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, published in 2012, the protagonist Adam Gordon claims to have authored a poem whose text first appears in Lerner’s first book of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures. Gordon is a young American writer loafing in Madrid on a yearlong poetry fellowship; Lerner himself did the exact same thing. The novel won the Believer Book Award and announced Lerner to a wider audience. Leaving...