Brooklyns streets are soaked with strong communities. Polish, Hispanic and Irish immigrants have deeply rooted themselves in the area, yet, the area is dominated by a Manhattan skyline, and many of the residents work outside the area. Literature of the Borough mimics this identity crisis with novelists like Thomas Pychon, Paul Auster and Don DeLillo emerging, and giving a ghost-like personality to the area. It also contains some great attractions such as Rose Live Music and American Museum of the Moving Image, and Brooklyn Book Fest
and some Brooklyn Music Venues
. The brown stoned buildings with their big stoops, also conjure up the image of well educated men conversing about the problems of America.
Everyone who does not live in Berlin lives in Brooklyn now. (Don DeLillo)
Arthur Miller houses are dotted all over the New York landscape. The Miller family moved to and from Queens and Manhattan when Arthur was a child, and finally resided in a small apartment on 110th Street. Millers work also spreads out across the New York landscape, with A View from the Bridge twisting the Brooklyn Bridge into a metaphor for the unattainable American Dream.
Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? (Arthur Miller)
Gritty, angry and talkative; Henry Miller almost fits into the stereotype of a New Yorker. His lifestyle as a writer is just as cliched, with much of his early life spent shifting through the slums of New York, his adult-life spent moving with lovers and his writing being banned for its progressive sexual content. 662 Driggs, Filmore Place, almost mimics Millers life; wedged between an empty lot filled with overgrown weeds on the shell of old building.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. (Henry Miller)
In the absence of any true fiction, Mailers work plays on the ever-blurring lines between reporting events, ideals and romanticism. His work, new journalism, as it became to be known, seems to be completely rooted in his home of Brooklyn; reality mixed with an ever changing sense of identity. His apartment, 192 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, completely furnished by him, with all its original belongings, is on the market for $2.5 million, and is certainly worth buying for those who want a truly unique setting in New York.
Thomas Pychon, Don Delillo, Paul Auster and other media shy writers spend a lot of time wandering around Brooklyn. Pychon, the most notorious recluse of the bunch, has been spotted on several occasions wandering around wearing his baseball caps and leather jackets. These writers are amongst the crowd and so are you, and who knows, you could bump in to them if you are lucky.
Enjoy the great borough of Brooklyn while you enjoy the great Manhattan only a short journey away with great Weekend Breaks
or Midweek breaks
in this wonderful city.
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