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Brooklyn Book Festival 2013 

The Face of Brooklyn Panel, moderated by Franklin Park curator Penina Roth, included Adelle Waldman, Pete Hamill and Adrian Tomine (pronounced, apparently, "Toh-mee'-nuh," if you need to settle an argument at the bar). But it was Hamill who dominated, speaking of Brooklyns old and new. "Time causes erosions. Those erosions are often where we live our lives," he said. "Nostalgia is essentially a healthy emotion. I don't mean to mix it up with sentimentality." When someone asked him what he thought about the present-day "branding" of Brooklyn, he said that the borough had always resisted branding—that William Bendix characters in old movies named "Brooklyn" didn't represent the "real" Brooklyn, either. "We should enjoy life when we wake up in the morning," he said. "I don't think we should worry about it." He also railed against the idea of branding in general, saying to people who tell him he should work on his brand, "Where is it? On my ass?"

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