They Shrink From Hard Work

I don’t have enough memories to draw on to fit the form, and I can’t fake it without moving into the realm of fiction, without lying to myself, no matter how nice a story it would make, no matter how very rural or Appalachian these stories could present me.

2023-01-09T09:34:03-05:00January 4, 2023|

The View from Cincinnati

Here's a report from Zan McQuade, editor of Belt’s Cincinnati Anthology, about the role the local and national media played in the election in Ohio.

2016-11-29T23:10:09-05:00November 29, 2016|

A Home Game

A winning tradition? Nah. The Bengals of the 90s were a joke. As a kid I never knew that there’s just no way to prepare yourself for the rending of your heart that comes with fandom.

2016-01-11T14:04:29-05:00January 11, 2016|


When we set about assembling The Cincinnati Anthology, we were looking for all different impressions of the city: the loving, the brutal, and the honest.

2015-03-11T08:27:58-04:00March 11, 2015|

The Cincinnati Privy Disaster of 1904

Although the morning paper said it would be a fair, warming day, the horizon darkened with looming rain. Principal Thomas L. Simmerman watched the fidgeting children lined up in the hall and decided to give them a few minutes of frolic and exercise.

2019-12-04T13:00:50-05:00November 4, 2014|

Repurposing Old Rail Stations in the Rust Belt

Marilyn Rodgers could do just about anything with her Saturday off, but instead she chooses to vacuum a train terminal. The executive director of Buffalo’s Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC), a nonprofit that’s rehabilitating the city’s vacant train station, goes up and down yards of original Terrazzo flooring, sucking up dirt with an industrial-strength cleaner. “I have to clean my house,” she jokes of the 523,000 square foot space where she frequently visits.

2015-02-13T10:43:19-05:00September 2, 2014|
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