How does public art limit (or extend) what we can know about the past, present, or future? How can art support us in telling a new story, a shared story about who we are?
How art can grow from Midwestern roots.
People like Sie and Scar and Dani and Frances are the future of skateboarding; they are part of a major sea change that will not only shift the demographics of skateboarding, it will also fundamentally alter its ethos. These are the new stewards of skateboarding.
Strip-mining destroyed the landscape of central Ohio--and the lungs of many workers. What will it take to build a healthier future?
Hidden recorders, dirty politicians, and the corrupt companies that financed it all.
A Belt critic's Rust Belt 'Lit List.'
A proposed Amtrak route would restore passenger service between Chicago, Fort Wayne, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. Can new federal investment make it happen?
Notes on living and moving as an out queer person in the Rust Belt.
"I feel close to my roots in a way that I don't know that I've ever felt."
On moving, 9/11, and reckoning with the names and places that made you who you are.
In June, Ohio legislators refused to ban confederate memorabilia from county fairs. The state has long had a complicated relationship with the confederacy.
On generational migration and identity in the Midwest.