Brooklyn Archive

The Possibilities of Brooklyn Past

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Rarely do an adaptation and its source material mesh so well as they do in Brooklyn—the 2009 novel by former Ploughshares guest editor Colm Tóibín, and the 2015 film by John Crowley.

We Read Our Lives Wherever We Can

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What happens when you read to manifest, rather than escape, your preoccupations?

Writ in Water: Retraining the Distance Vision

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There’s a passage in Donna Tartt’s celebrated The Goldfinch, almost a third of the way in, where our protagonist Theo Decker first touches down in Las Vegas. He is arriving for the first time in the West, and Tartt and her literary eye are too.

Round-Up: Alan Rickman, Philip Pullman’s OLF Resignation, and Literary Oscar Nominees

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From the loss of the beloved Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman to a particularly strong year for literary film adaptations in the 2016 Oscar nominations, a look at the latest headlines from the literary world: British actor Alan Rickman, age 69, passed away on January 14. Rickman is well-known

It Never Rains on National Day: an interview with writer Jeremy Tiang

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  Jeremy Tiang is a fiction writer, playwright, and translator from Singapore. His short story collection It Never Rains on National Day was published by Epigram Books in 2015, and is available at Epigram Books’ website. He lives in Brooklyn and was recently featured in the Singapore Writers Festival. We caught

Writers Do It Best: Luke Wiget

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In the ‘Writers Do It Best’ series, contributors reflect on how their education and experiences as writers have uniquely prepared them for their lives outside the writing world. Today, we hear from Luke Wiget, a student in the MFA program at The New School. You can follow Luke on

Milk-Producing, Duck-Billed, and Venomous: The Reanimation Library

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It’s a digital age, but we’re still mad for paper! Even as readers embrace the connectivity and convenience offered by iPads and Kindles, there are still many good reasons to celebrate a book’s physicality. In Ploughshares’ Book Arts series, we’ll be looking at some of the artists, curators, and

Brooklyn Book Festival, Here we Come! – September 23, 2012

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Every fall in the northeast, there’s an unmistakeable change in the air. Is it the sound of crisping leaves or the subtle cooling of the breeze? Or is it the scent of ink and paper, signaling that book festival season is upon us? If you live in Brooklyn or

The Luck of the Irish: Colm Toibin on our Minds

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In honor of this great St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to pay tribute to Colm Tóibín, signed to guest edit the Spring 2011 Ploughshares. Tóibín’s sixth novel Brooklyn has made a huge splash since publication in May 2009. Let’s check off the accolades: longlisted for the 2009 Booker Prize;