The Cleveland Anthology
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Written by residents of Cleveland, this collection of essays and art speaks to the city from an insiders’ view and presents a distinct sense of place. The book was prompted by hearing the echoes for a revitalization of Cleveland and aims to find the future through the history of the city. Citizens of Cleveland will connect to the stories, and readers that are not from the area will enjoy the insight into what it means to live there, why the city is loved or hated, and why some obsess over the city. The works are compiled into eight parts: “Concept,” ”Snapshot,” ”History,” ”Growing Up,” ”Conflict,” ”Music,” ”Culture,” and “Back Home” and include contributions by: David C. Barnett, Sean Decatur, Mansfield Frazier, David Giffels, Alissa Nutting, Jim Roakakis, Connie Schultz, and many more.
Richey Piiparinen is an urban researcher and city strategist. He cares for the Rust Belt condition. Anne Trubek is the founder and director of Belt Publishing and the founder of The Thinking Writer. She is the author of A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses and the editor of Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. They both live in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Trubek and Piiparinen were keen to assemble a Cleveland snapshot that felt more authentic to them: No mindless boosterism or “ruin porn,” that artistic fetish for fallen-down manufacturing towns. [This book] reads like a rebuttal to Richard Florida’s argument for Creative Class cool filling cities with young elites.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer “Touching always on the idea of a post-industrial landscape as a form of innate and historical beauty and integrity, this book creates a genuine and intimate look at Cleveland. Those who hail from “rust belt” cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Milwaukee will find a special place in their hearts for this book.” — Riffle NonFiction “Illustrates in bold fashion that strength of character abounds in the Cleveland community. That’s fitting because inside the pages of the book, that very same audacity of spirit is expressed in literal form. — Freshwater Cleveland