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Literary Manhattan

To the Editor: Regarding "New York, Chapter and Verse" (Dec. 16), there's a sweet kind of denial in going to Manhattan to report on literary night life. It's like heading over to the West Side to do a report on longshoremen. Times change, but not at The Times? Writers, especially the kind of young, single, aspiring writers who have a lot of time to "hang out," don't live in Manhattan, and they don't hang out in Manhattan. Now it's a point of pride for most artsy Brooklynites, some might even say a pretension, that they don't hang out in Manhattan. It's even said with appropriate derision.Darren KaminskyBrooklyn

To the Editor: I actually found it refreshing to read an article that isn't proclaiming that Brooklyn is the be-all-and-end-all of the modern literary scene. I live in Queens, and I can tell you there are tons of published writers out here, but we don't expect any attention.Fiona TaylorJackson Heights, Queens

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