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There are many ways to assess a year, but a sentence is a particularly good unit of measurement. Short (or long) and sweet (or bitter, or uproarious, or melancholy), sentences are their own distinct and self-contained structures. Strung together word after word—not unlike a series of days—they come together to make a whole. Before you know it, a sentence is over, and you are already halfway through the next one. We decided to take...
  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...
“You couldn’t have made up this mule farmer,” writer Margaret Eby says over drinks at King Tai, a Crown Heights bar that serves piña coladas on the rocks. She’s talking about the cousin of Harry Crews, the cult-favorite Georgia novelist whose 1978 memoir, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, Eby had set out to trace through his home of Bacon County, Georgia. “I actually sketched out a map,” she says. “I knew about...

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