"Just a few minutes of vacation from my straight life; then back in the car."
The work of public memory is not only about the past, but about a shared vision for the future.
An excerpt from "Life Sentences: Writings from Inside an American Prison."
Coming to terms with a complicated family legacy on an Illinois farm.
"For all the intervening years, Pittsburgh had lived in my memory...viewable but not touchable, sequestered behind a one-way mirror of time."
"When I became editor-in-chief of the city’s alt weekly, Dayton City Paper, it became my job to know Dayton intimately."
An elegy for a wounded place.
From the Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook.
That summer, my parents and I were arguing about God.
Walking around Columbus, Ohio, the influence of Frank Packard's architecture is everywhere you look.
"Almost every girl I know has the same story about a car, about a boy. This is mine."
Learning the racial geography of Indiana as a young Black girl in the 1980s.