Looking back at a hidden chapter in Brooklyn’s proud literary history

My October 20, 2020 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

It’s hard to believe that Brooklyn was once Manhattan’s ugly stepsister, an embarrassment, especially for creative types who wanted nothing more than to make what author, editor and Brooklynite Norman Podhoretz called “one of the longest journeys in the world”: going from his native borough across the river to the literary elite in Manhattan.

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