Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology

Overview

Rust Belt Chic is churches and work plants hugging the same block. It is ethnic as hel1. It is Cleveland punk. It is getting vintage t-shirts and vinyl for a buck that are being sold to Brooklynites for the price of a Manhattan meal. It is babushka and snakeskin boots. It is wear: old wood and steel and vacancy. It is contradiction, conflict, and standing resiliency. But most centrally, Rust Belt Chic Is about home, or that perpetual inner fire longing to be comfortable in one's own skin and community. This ...

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Overview

Rust Belt Chic is churches and work plants hugging the same block. It is ethnic as hel1. It is Cleveland punk. It is getting vintage t-shirts and vinyl for a buck that are being sold to Brooklynites for the price of a Manhattan meal. It is babushka and snakeskin boots. It is wear: old wood and steel and vacancy. It is contradiction, conflict, and standing resiliency. But most centrally, Rust Belt Chic Is about home, or that perpetual inner fire longing to be comfortable in one's own skin and community. This longing is less about regressing to the past than it is finding a future through history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985944100
  • Publisher: Rust Belt Chic Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,440,931
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

I Concept

Anorexic Vampires, Cleveland Veins: The Story of Rust Belt Chic Richey Piiparinen 17

The Revenge of the Pittsburgh Potty Jim Russell 22

II Snapshot

Pretty Things to Hang on the Wall Eric Anderson 33

Pilgrim's Progress Pete Beatty 38

Cleveland's Little Iraq Huda Al-Marashi 43

Drinks on the River Kristin Ohlson 49

Little Italy's Shabby Chic Clare Malone 54

III History

Unstoppable Houses On Changeless Terrain Michael Ruhlman 61

Tales of the Regional Art Terrorists David C. Barnett 65

Ward 6 Jim Rokakis 69

Pray for Cleveland: Reflections of an Investigative Reporter Roldo Bartimole 76

IV Growing Up

When the Number 9 Bus Was Like Home, and Downtown Was My Playground Sean Decatur 87

Letting Go of the Stats Noreen Malone 90

The Lake Effect David Giffels 93

Rust Belt Dreams Connie Schultz 99

Speak In Tongues Denise Grollmus 103

V Conflict

Harvey Pekar's Nagging Muse Erick Trickey 117

Toward a literature of the Rust Belt Christine Borne Nickras 122

Dangerous Poets Nicole Hennessy 127

Not a Love Letter Jimi Izrael 130

VI Music

The Tiny Record Empire in Cleveland Laura Putre 135

A Cove in Collinwood Rebecca Meiser 141

Remembering Mr. Stress, Live at the Euclid Tavern Philip Turner 144

Jane Scott's Rust Belt Values Elizabeth Weinstein 147

VII Culture

A (Really Nice) Drink for the Working Man Alissa Nutting 155

How We Arrived At Braised Beef Cheek Pierogis Douglas Trattner 158

Lessons of Industrial Tourism Mark Tebeau 161

Randall Tiedman: Genius Loci Douglas Max Utter 164

The Seriousness of Vintage Claire McMillan 170

VIII Back Home

Why I Am Not a Boomerang Joe Baur 177

One that Denver Lost Stephanie Gautam 180

Crossing the Ohio Border Laura Maylene Walter 184

A Comforting Kind of Shame Jacqueline Marino 189

Hart Crane, Poet and Park Anne Trubek 193

Hunting for Gain in a City of Loss Richey Piiparinen 200

Acknowledgments 207

Contributors 209

About the Editors 219

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