The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century

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This isn't so much a history of Pittsburgh as it is a biography. Sometimes we're so afraid of what others think, we're afraid to declare who we are. This city is not midwestern. It's not East Coast. It's just Pittsburgh, and there's no place like it. That's both its blessing and its curse.
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Overview

This isn't so much a history of Pittsburgh as it is a biography. Sometimes we're so afraid of what others think, we're afraid to declare who we are. This city is not midwestern. It's not East Coast. It's just Pittsburgh, and there's no place like it. That's both its blessing and its curse.
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What People Are Saying

Annie Dillard
"Brian O'Neill is a wonderful writer. He analyzes perfectly Pittsburgh's unerring habit of screwing itself. He loves all the right stuff. I loved his book."
Peter Leo
"Every city needs a loving interpreter who tells the stories that go to its heart and soul and shape its identity. Pittsburgh is lucky to have Brian O'Neill who revels in city life and is alert to the city's maddening insecurities. All of us who love Pittsburgh and think it should shape up immediately will enjoy and identify with this wonderful book."
Howard Fineman
"Like a great conversation on a Pittsburgh tavern barstool. With sympathy and humor, but also with realism and facts, O'Neill captures the essence of my hometown. The region long ago lost its industrial preeminence, and, as O'Neill explains, has been abused by politicians and planners for decades. And yet, almost miraculously, Pittsburgh's unique culture—and yes, dramatic beauty—are more vivid and inspiring than ever. So are the funny, unassuming, self-critical and brave citizens whom O'Neill portrays. They are the real reasons why Pittsburgh will always be Pittsburgh."
Paul O'Neill
"Brian has written a lovely paean to Pittsburgh; that is: a joyously exultant song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph. Pittsburghers should read it; they will find themselves in it. Prospective Pittsburghers should read it; they will find a depiction of soul that eludes the real estate agents."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485091
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 348,957
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN O'NEILL has been a newspaper columnist in Pittsburgh for more than twenty years. He is a winner of the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania Award for column writing and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Keystone Award for column writing, as well as a winner of regional honors. A graduate of Syracuse University, O'Neill lives on the city's North Side with his wife, Betsy, and daughters, Curran and Clare.
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Table of Contents

Preface
The Paris of Appalachia
Steeltown Blues
The Third Bear
Don't Mess with Pittsburgh
"Hunky Soul Food"
The Geography of Friendship
Saving the Best
Thanks, I'd Rather Walk
Pirates and Steelers
Coming Home
I Love Pittsburgh Like a Brother
Pittsburgh: You're My Density
Fractured Fairy Tale
Kilbuck Loses in a Landslide
The Whitest Large Metro Area in the Country
The Deer People

Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Author

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