An Annotated Postscript to my Thought Catalog Article about Pittsburgh

1. More info about Vanessa German

Speaking of Rick Sebak…

Ever wanted to watch Bill Peduto pick up trash?  

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2. I’m not the only person to notice the Groundhog Day effect.  Gabe Rosenberg of the Post-Gazette feels it too.

Is Pittsburgh the next Portland?” (Spoiler alert: nope.)  Blah blah blah.

Should everyone in Brooklyn move to Pittsburgh? (Spoiler alert: blah blah blah.)

God bless whoever wrote this Clickhole article: “Is Pittsburgh The New Austin? The Austin We Hoped And Dreamed Of, The Austin That Was Foretold?”

Most Liveable City 2005

Most Liveable City 2009, 2010, 2014 

2012 Forbes Article/”Comeback City

That time Sienna Miller called us “Shitsburgh,” part 1 (the headline itself is a delight), part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5

4. An online version of “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather, which is set in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Pitt students: the Hotel Schenley is now the William Pitt Union.

I mentioned Ellen Litman, who wrote a book about Squirrel Hill called The Last Chicken in America.  If you’re interested, or from SH, it’s definitely worth reading.

5. Here is a Facebook group page dedicated to Steelers tattoos.

6. Want to learn more about Chatham University’s Words Without Walls program?

A beautiful success story: Eric Boyd, who was a student in the WWW Program, won the PEN Prison Writing Award and is now editor of the Pittsburgh Anthology, which features a number of Pittsburgh writers I listed in the article.

7. The four undergraduate literary journals at Pitt are: The Original Magazine, Three Rivers Review, Collision, and Forbes & Fifth.

9. Here is a lovely interview with Sherrie Flick.

13. One of the coolest articles I ran across in my research was the history of the once-Byzantine church at 401 Atwood Street (which is now the Sphinx Cafe hookah bar).

17. Parton’s article also included this zinger, which I’ll present without comment: “As to the men of Pittsburg, there is not an individual of them who appears to take the slightest interest in his clothes.”

18. In the first three drafts of this article, I included this wonderful letter about the petty, media-generated “controversy” over Bill Peduto’s UB appearance, but I took it out because it basically repeated what I said in #1.

27. A link to Katie Booth’s writing, including work she did for for Pittsburgh Magazine.  Also, I asked a number of people about Pittsburgh and writing.  Here’s what Geeta Kothari said: “I do think Pgh was, when I came here in the dark ages, an excellent place to find silence–no internet, no FB, meant that it was a relief for me, a refugee from NY publishing and the hype of the Brat Pack at that time. I wrote without care, which I couldn’t do while I was in NY working in publishing.”

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