Amy Jo Burns is the author of Cinderland, a memoir about coming of age in a small town in Western Pennsylvania while carrying the burden of a lie.
The sun is diving into the Pittsburgh skyline — it’s about 5:30 but still 85 degrees with humidity you can smell — and I’m standing by the corner of Ross Street and Third Avenue, waiting for Jimmy to show up.
Conventional wisdom holds that the larger the population of a city, the more successful the place must be. If the population’s growing, that city must be doing something right. If it’s withering, it must be in decline.
A look at how writing and reading local catalyzes culture, and helps cities like Pittsburgh revise their narratives.
The fast times and hard lives of alt-weekly newspapers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.
Rustbelt Almanac interviews Andre Costello about music and making it in Pittsburgh.
Among works about the lower rungs of the middle class, Stewart O’Nan’s novels stand out.
From Pierogis To Locally Grown Kimchi