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In her new book of short fiction, Intimations, Alexandra Kleeman renders completely new worlds with each story. Even when she chooses to present a mundane-seeming afternoon, like lounging poolside, it’ll often escalate into a situation unlike any other presented in literature. Her way of pairing everyday feelings and details with indescribably otherworldly elements makes it impossible to describe her fictional worlds as fantasy, or any other genre: they are simply fiction, but fiction unlike...
146 1/2 Java Street, Greenpoint Picture the typical Brooklyn home: it’s a brownstone, right? But over the last few years, Brooklyn’s wood-frame rowhouses have experienced a surge of interest both residential and historical. The reason might have been financial, at first—last year the Wall Street Journal reported that wooden houses were going for between a million and 1.7 million dollars, a full million less than a “brownstone in Park Slope proper.” But, as...

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