Every city is a text. You can read the city. My favorite way to read Chicago is like a book of poetry. Not necessarily straight through but jumping around, page to page, focusing hard on one thing, then flipping past others ...
“A large city, near the Miller Factory”: The Glorious Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Great Midwestern Brewer
Yelp reviews of the Miller factory tour are, to be blunt, as bland as the beer. "Kinda cheesey but that's OK," one reads. "Better than I expected," says another. Bottom line? "It's free, people!"
Most people don’t like bugs. They are so disconcertingly unlike us – we can’t find ourselves in all those legs, wings and alien faces. Also, our sense of scale prevents us from seeing the vibrant and complex world of insects.
On a cold, clear Sunday in late March, I buttoned my wool coat. "This kind of thing terrifies me,” I turned to tell my spouse. “But I am doing it anyway." Then I went out my door and walked toward the houses of five neighboring families.
In early April of this year, I began reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, an account of his 1960 road trip from Long Island across and up the country to the West coast, and down through the deep south and back home again.
“Everything smells like a Polish Fiat that’s been out in the rain too long”: A Q&A With Gary Shteyngart
On October 6 at 7:00 p.m., Gary Shteyngart will be reading from his 2014 memoir, Little Failure, at the Beachwood branch of Cuyahoga County Library. Belt's Editor-in-Chief Anne Trubek talked to Shteyngart ...
After midnight. New York City. A shadow disengages and sucker-punches Ohioan Chris Barzak square on the chin — “The hardest hit I’ve ever felt in my life,” he says — sending the writer sprawling to the sidewalk.
Colorblind and Rising: What’s Behind The Surprising success of Cleveland’s Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School?
Rich Osborne is slowly walking through the gym of Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s High School (VASJ), a Catholic school on the east side of Cleveland. Villa Angela-St. Joseph has been around for about 25 years now ...
When Belt Magazine launched one year ago, we did so for one basic reason: We felt that Cleveland and other cities in the Rust Belt were being defined by outside media that didn’t know us. We wanted to tell our own story ourselves.
Cleveland has always been a sewing town. The White Sewing Machine Company called the city home for over a century, and JoAnn Fabrics, the national mega-retailer, was born here in 1943.
Back in July, I stood in front of about 40 people holding rifles and guns on Cleveland’s Public Square, holding a sign that basically said that guns kill people and shouldn’t be carried around in public by the public.
These profiles tell the story of Rust Belt refugees who are happy with their lives but sometimes can’t help thinking they’ve lost something they’ll never get back by joining the Michigan and Ohio diasporas.