Brooklyn Was Mine

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Penguin, Jan 2, 2008 - Literary Collections - 240 pages
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A tribute to New York City's most literary borough-featuring original nonfiction pieces by today's most celebrated writers.

Of all the urban landscapes in America, perhaps none has so thoroughly infused and nurtured modern literature as Brooklyn. Though its literary history runs deep-Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer are just a few of its storied inhabitants-in recent years the borough has seen a growing concentration of bestselling novelists, memoirists, poets, and journalists. It has become what Greenwich Village once was for an earlier generation: a wellspring of inspiration and artistic expression.

Brooklyn Was Mine gives some of today's best writers an opportunity to pay tribute to the borough they love in 20 original essays that draw on past and present to create a mosaic that brilliantly captures the quality and diversity of a unique, literary landscape.

Contributors include: Emily Barton, Susan Choi, Rachel Cline, Philip Dray, Jennifer Egan, Colin Harrison, Joanna Hershon, Jonathan Lethem, Dinaw Mengestu, Elizabeth Gaffney, Lara Vapnyar, Lawrence Osborne, Katie Roiphe, John Burnham Schwartz, Vijay Seshadri, Darcey Steinke, Darin Strauss, Alexandra Styron, Robert Sullivan

With an introduction by Phillip Lopate.
 

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Lacking the resources to move into a Brooklyn apartment and write about the experience, I decided to read a book of essays by people who have done so.Brooklyn Was Mine is full of quirky information ... Read full review

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Place, idea, and contested symbol, as essayist Phillip Lopate allows in his introduction, Brooklyn harbors a new generation of writers, who offer a good variety of essays on places and people they ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
I HATE BRIGHTON BEACH
READING LUCY
RIDING IN RED HOOK
A SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION
BROOKLYN WILDLIFE
A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND
RUCKUS FLATBUSH
BRIDGES
A WINDSTORM IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
DOWN THE MANHOLE
A TRUE STORY
THE FIRST 12000 YEARS
THE POOL AT THE ST GEORGE HOTEL
YOU CANT GO HOME AGAIN
HOME AT LAST

WAS BROOKLYN MINE?
ELI MILLERS SELTZER DELIVERY SERVICE
BROOKLYN PASTORAL
DIAMONDS
MAKE A LIGHT
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
ABOUT THE EDITORS
CREDITS
Copyright

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Chris Knutsen, a senior editor at Vogue who's also worked at "GQ," "The New Yorker," and Riverhead Books, is the co-editor of "Committed: Men Tell Their Stories of Love," "Commitment, and Marriage," Valerie Steiker, author of "The Leopard Hat," is a senior editor at "Vogue" and has worked at "Artforum" and "The New Yorker,

Chris Knutsen is the Deputy Editor at "Radar" magazine. David Kuhn is the founder of Kuhn Projects, a literary agency in New York City.

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