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Would You Really Want to Live Anywhere Else?
I mean, maybe. I have vague dreams of farmhouse living one day, surrounded by dogs and, well, dogs. But I would miss the shit out of Brooklyn. I would miss the fact that it feels like you're entering another world every time you move an extra stop on the Q. I would miss the variety in food, language, architecture, and people that you get here more than almost anywhere else on the planet. I would miss the fact that Brooklyn is always changing, but it hasn't undergone a massive Manhattan-ification yet, and I hope it never will. I would miss so much about being here in a way that makes me know that I fucking love the place. And not because it's perfect. You can only love something for its perfection if you are blind or an idiot. No, I love Brooklyn because it is messy and kind of gross and fun and because I know it. The more I know it, the happier I am to call it home. So despite all the ugliness of the last year—and, really, I had thought 2011 was bad, but it has NOTHING on 2012—at least there's one thing that is reliably here for us all. THe one thing I mean, of course, is all aspiring writers in Gorilla Coffee. You can do it, guys. You can do it.
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