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Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, the book I co-edited with Anne Trubek, has evolved into the online magazine Belt. I will be a weekly columnist over at the website, and will re-post my pieces on my personal blog. Still, please consider buying a membership if you enjoy my work. (Writers, like most workers, are increasingly finding it difficult to get paid.) Recently, Atlantic Cities interviewed Anne about the magazine. An excerpt:

“Rust Belt Chic” is a movement. That’s according to a new online magazine out of Cleveland,Belt, that aims to address the highly specific and often superficial attention paid to a wide swath of deindustrialized America.

Last year, Anne Trubek and Richey Piiparinen set out to publish Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, a collection of essays that explores life in Cleveland beyond the easy shorthand of manufacturing, ruin, and renewal. The project started out as a bit of a lark, but they knew they’d hit a nerve when they received 80 submissions in three weeks, “including ones that came to us from people who don’t consider themselves writers—politicians like Jim Rokakis and Kenyon College President Sean Decatur,” says Trubek. They also received pieces from established writers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz and food writer and cook Michael Ruhlman.

Read the rest here.

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