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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...
I met David Shapiro outside his apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, around 11 on a Wednesday morning. We shook hands, and he told me this was the first interview for his recently published novel, You’re Not Much Use to Anyone, that he’d done at home. Honored, I followed him up four flights to the sunny, quiet apartment he shares with two roommates. David Shapiro is not David Shapiro’s real name, but a pseudonym he adopted in...
There are books that seem to come along at just the right time, so perfectly do they portray your own experience on the page and so clearly can you understand the inner lives of the characters. And if there's anything (save, I guess, actual human connection) as viscerally satisfying as that particular shudder of recognition when a work of art speaks right to you, I don't know what it is. It's a rare enough...
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...