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Quoth the Raven: Williamsburg Sucks

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In literary journal n+1, Elizabeth Gumport takes a lengthy look at four decades of Brooklyn gentrification novelists and the characteristics that separate them. But one thing that unites them is Brooklyn nostalgia, which dates back to, whoa, Edgar Allen Poe! For reals: "The average new Brooklyn home, he complained, was so ugly that he could see 'little difference between the putting up such a house as this, and blowing up a House of Parliament, or cutting the throat of one's grand-father.' Preferring the Brooklyn of old is older than Brooklyn itself." [n+1]