It’s easy to mistake the Great Lakes for the ocean, at first. I’ve brought a few people to see Lake Michigan for the first time, and that’s what they all say: “It looks like the ocean!”
By Edward McClelland No Midwestern city is more conscious than [...]
By Matt Stansberry In The Death and Life of the [...]
Ashley E. Nickels and Dani Vilella have joined forces to [...]
In the pre-election media race to locate the “heart of Trump Country,” all finish lines pointed toward Appalachia and the Rust Belt. In declining cities across these sometimes overlapping regions, journalists drank from what appeared to be an infinite well of wrenching stories from economically precarious white voters.
A few years ago I noticed something about my favorite works of contemporary fiction set in the Midwest: they were all set in the past.
Every part of the United States has its own accent. The Midwest — defined, for the purposes of this book, as west of Exit 41 on the New York State Thruway, east of the Missouri River, and north of the Ohio River...
No one book is going to explain what happened in the Midwest to help turn the last presidential election to Donald Trump. No stack of books is going to do it, fiction or nonfiction.
You can judge a book by its cover. Each [...]
Belt’s city anthologies are written by and for Rust [...]
With the publication of How To Speak Midwestern by Edward McClelland on December 1, 2016, Belt Publishing launches its new Notches imprint.
When I moved to Phoenix three years ago I expected to feel disconnected from my Midwestern roots. But it turned out a lot of Chicago had made its way here.