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Week in review: New books from the printer, parachute journalists, yinz & youse

Week in review: New books from the printer, parachute journalists, yinz & youse

It's a cool and sunny day across the Rust Belt. As we gear up for another week, catch up on last week's news:  "The Washington Post, which has 25 correspondents in 18 bureaus around the world, has no bureau in the Midwest." We love this comprehensive and thoughtful article from American Prospect on the perils of parachute journalism. Belt gets a shoutout, too.  The Voices from the Rust Belt tour visited Cincinnati and Columbus this week. Dan Hurley interviewed Belt editor and founder Anne Trubek on WVXU's program "Cincinnati Edition." Dan and Anne talk about the new book, Studs Terkel, and why Cincinnati and Cleveland have...

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Our TV Guide - Belt Pub and "Roseanne"

What do Roseanne Barr, JD Vance, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Belt Publishing have in common? We're all featured in this article from Salon.com on the dangers of the "single story" in Trump's America. Erin Keane writes, "The danger of all single stories is how they flatten their subjects, reducing the complexities of a people and a place to easily digestible narratives, then in turn demand the people themselves conform to those narratives."  Voices from the Rust Belt, she argues, is one force combatting the generalizations of Midwestern working class families that "Roseanne" can't seem to escape. Keane gives snapshots of some of the anthology's best essays, from John Lloyd Clayton's "fond ode to a...

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The Rust Belt can't be generalized or ignored

The Rust Belt can't be generalized or ignored

"That more people have become curious about the Rust Belt since the 2016 presidential election is a welcome development. But it has become increasingly tempting — and increasingly dangerous — to reduce the Rust Belt to clichés. At a time when it is more important than ever to understand the nuances of this complex region, what is published instead are often articles on the 'typical' Rust Belt resident — more often than not a white male Trump supporter. Generalizations about the region’s population are now as popular as simply ignoring the Rust Belt was just a few years ago. Most...

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Voices from the Rust Belt Review Roundup

Voices from the Rust Belt Review Roundup

We're two days into the release of Voices from the Rust Belt! If you can't keep up with the post-publication rush, have no fear. Everything you need to know is here:  The Coil, an independent lit mag run by Medium, featured Voices from the Rust Belt as one of their most anticipated books of April 2018, saying, "This collection of essays addresses the differences of the region with a human heart, from lead poisoning to segregated schools to opiate addiction to the joys of family, nuanced and complex." On Tuesday TIME published the introduction to the book, a clear and fierce...

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New interview with Mark Athitakis

New interview with Mark Athitakis

"I’m invested in the idea that the Midwest is nowhere near as jus’-folks-y as stereotypes suggest."  Mark Athitakis's refreshing voice is in the spotlight in a new interview with LitHub's review aggregate site Book Marks. Because Athitakis is a human directory of the Midwest's best literature, his interview features some spot-on contemporary and classic book recommendations. Check it out here. Right now, his book-for-book-lovers The New Midwest is on sale for just five bucks.     

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