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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Rust Belt Chic Press (September 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985944102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985944100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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. "Rust Belt Chic" 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


"Rust Belt Chic" illustrates in bold fashion that strength of character abound 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 

"Rust Belt Chic is a not just a term; it is a youth movement and period of revitalization in which Piiparinen has become something of an expert, blogging extensively on the concept and being referenced and quoted in national media coverage."   --Oberlin College News 
 

<span>"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. "Rust Belt Chic" reads like a rebuttal to Richard Florida's argument for Creative Class cool filling cities with young elites."   </span><span> --Cleveland Plain Dealer </span><div></div><div><div></div>

From the Back Cover

Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, edited by Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek, provides an inside-out snapshot of the city, containing contributions by established authors such as Connie Schultz and Michael Ruhlman as well as 47 others. Rust Belt Chic tells stories about failure (mills closing), conflict (Pekar's constant grousing), growth (a thriving Iraqi immigrant community) and renewal (moving away only to, finally, return home). Put together, these stories create a new narrative about Cleveland that incorporates but deepens and widens the familiar tropes of manufacturing, stadiums and comebacks.

More About the Author

Anne Trubek is the co-editor of Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology (http://www.rustbeltchic.com) and author of A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses. A professor at Oberlin College, her website is http://www.annetrubek.com

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Great stories of truth and experience one of the most resilient rust belt cities in the northeast (midwest).
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This book can relate to similar cities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judie Amsel on October 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
RUST BELT CHIC: The Cleveland Anthology, is a collection of thirty four essays, seven photographs, two poems, and a comic book segment conceptualized, compiled and published within three months in the summer of 2012. The e-book has about a dozen additional chapters. At the end are brief biographies of the contributors.
After hearing a lot of talk about the revitalization of Cleveland, the editors, Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek, decided to let people who live or lived in Cleveland (or, in a few cases, other rust belt cities) tell the story rather than having it told by outsiders.
In many ways, the book is a love story about the relationship between people and the city where they were born and/or live. One chapter talks about some of the ethnic groups (Iraq, Italian, Black) who live in Cleveland. Another explains how the shape of the land influenced the way the city developed and how politicians helped or hindered the city. There is a chapter about growing up in Cleveland or in a nearby town and what Cleveland meant to the writer. Nostalgia plays a big role here; people cherish their memories. There are essays by some writers who talk about discrimination and feeling like an outsider. There are others by people who left and came back because they felt they were missing something very important that wasn't available anywhere else. People who moved here from other parts of the countries write about why they came and why they stayed. There are chapters about music, food, and art. While Rock and Roll is mentioned a lot, the Cleveland Orchestra is not.
Among the contributors are politicians, journalists, and professors. Jane Scott, the well-known rock and roll reporter and Harvey Pekar are subjects of essays.
This book can relate to similar cities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Orr on November 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book has a special meaning for me as I have begun reading it after thirteen long years away from Cleveland, the one place that has always felt like home to me (even though I grew up one hour east of the city.) As I read each essay, I can relate so well to so much of what is expressed, the voices and the perspectives, which kind of makes me feel like I'm rolling around in a vat of warm chocolate pudding. Yep. The writing is top-notch. I haven't finished reading it, but so far I've especially enjoyed Eric Anderson's darkly humorous essay on trying to understand people who move to Cleveland to create art; that great awakening when you realize the place you call home has the power to inspire with its unique combination of simplicity and depth, a combination that keeps people coming back, or if not coming back, forever longing for something they can't quite put into words. This collection of essays tries to find those words, and does a wonderful job of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BryanTobias on November 29, 2012
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Great things come from Cleveland. This book is definitely a great example of one of them. Great stories of truth and experience one of the most resilient rust belt cities in the northeast (midwest).
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What an amazing book written to and about Cleveland, OH. A collection of essays talking about the things that makes Cleveland a great place to live, work and play. Some are written by people who have never left, other essays are written by people who left and came back for one reason or another and still other essays are written by people who left and have not made it back yet for whatever reason.
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