The untamed energy of the show woke something in me. Carmy’s life in Chicago was real. Authentic. Social. I knew that restaurant and those people. How many times had I eaten at a joint like that?
Trent Reznor never mentioned the Johnstown Flood in his interviews on MTV, though he would’ve learned about it the same way any other Rust Belt boy does...He never mentioned that he was a rich boy surrounded by a world his ancestors got tricked into helping destroy.
You can put your finger on a map and trace it down the Ohio River. From Steubenville to Paducah, it’s nearly a thousand miles, an artery pumping through the heart of America.
Purdy’s harshest words were consistently aimed at the literary apparatus that he felt was inherently unable to appreciate his formally deliberate but thematically audacious fiction.
The National Audio Company is keeping the cassette tape —and tape culture —alive in the Midwest and around the world. [...]
Music and nature are two core places where people report to experiencing and channeling the divine.
On Families, Department Stores, and America
The past, present, and future coexist simultaneously in Sharpsburg, and for the moment, one hasn’t pushed the other out.
Seventy-seven songs on the charts over the years, 16 number one hits, 45 million albums sold and number one female country artist of all time.
Announcing the Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, to be published by Belt Publishing.
Announcing the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook, to be published by Belt Publishing.
Announcing an anthology of stories about Gary, Indiana, to be published by Belt Publishing.