Speaking of Rick Sebak…
2. I’m not the only person to notice the Groundhog Day effect. Gabe Rosenberg of the Post-Gazette feels it too.
Most Liveable City 2005
Most Liveable City 2009, 2010, 2014
2012 Forbes Article/”Comeback City”
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.”