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The novel includes weird, quasi-science-fictional shit, which Mansbach said was his attempt to create a "contemporary, NYC-based magic realism." Graffiti, he said, is sort of mystical, spiritual, what with all the writing in dark tunnels. But we have no structural framework in the modern city within which to understand magic. So he wanted to see what that would be like. But really, he didn't want to talk about structural framework bullshit. "Please hang out and dance," he told the audience. "Or at least nod your head in a serious fashion."
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