Between the Issues

Flipped Out

by Elizabeth Wiethorn

Our adventure began with a two-​sentence conversation with Eric as we watched our new favorite HGTV show, “Flip or Flop.” The show stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa — a young, attractive (and …

Between the Issues

Painting? Have Some Fun!

by Tim Menees

I spent three decades at a job that wasn’t a job, one at which few have actually earned a living. But cartoons disappear when the newspapers are bundled up for recycling. …

Between the Issues

Setting the Steelers Standards

by Fred Shaw

Growing up in a local mill town in the late 1970’s, Steelers’ Super Bowl victories seemed like a birthright. For my generation, it takes little to rattle-​off the roster from the …

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Schools

Rethinking Education

by Julia Fraser

Janice Smith’s fifth-​grade reading class at Central Elementary in the Elizabeth Forward School District was supposed to be working on a book report. Huddled around iPads, the students chatted with one another, pointing and swiping at the …

Opinion

Passing the Torch

by PQ Staff

Earlier this fall, a group of about 250 civic and cultural leaders gathered to pay tribute to Teresa Heinz Kerry on the occasion of her handing over the chairmanship of The Heinz Endowments to her …



Food & Wine

A Delicious Quandary

by Cody McDevitt

In 1968, Pittsburgh Chef Ferdinand Metz cabled from Frankfurt, Germany, to tell his friends that the U.S. Team won the Grand Gold Award in the International Culinary Competition. He was at the top of …

Schools

A Question of Learning

by Julia Fraser

As a digital revolution changes classrooms across the region and country, one key question lingers at the end of each school day: Do the new technologies actually enhance students’ learning?

Books

Six Books for Your Winter Reading List

by John Allison

This issue, we take up half-​a-​dozen new books in three groupings: literary works from two creative writing teachers, Pittsburgh sports history from two prominent national writers, and the latest from two great local legal minds. …

Birds

The Northern Cardinal

by David Liebmann

Winter puts birders in a different mood. There are birds about, but they are fewer and generally more muted — focused on finding food, staying warm and getting through. The birds that stick around for a Pittsburgh winter …

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Between the Issues

Is Everything That Didn’t Work Worthless? Part IV

by Greg Curtis

We began this series of posts by examining the sorry state of value investing. We then moved on to making unfashionable arguments on behalf of hedge fund fees and performance. We’ll …

Between the Issues

Blending Image and Word

by Aaron Fischer

Between the Issues

Pittsburgh’s Top Stories of 2016

by Douglas Heuck

Number five: Pittsburgh’s 200th Anniversary. Pittsburgh is getting younger. You read about it, hear about it and see it anytime you’re out on the “tahn.” Even the demographic data backs it …

Between the Issues

I Am Homeless

by Douglas Heuck

Back in 1988, I wrote a series about Pittsburgh’s homeless, based on my living on the streets for 14 days and nights, undercover, with long hair and a beard. I was …

Between the Issues

Exploring the Work of Damianos and Mulcahy at the Westmoreland

by Vicky A. Clark

To paraphrase a new friend, director general of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts Jamal Shah: in celebrating life, art follows the inquisitive human mind in its desire to delve …

Between the Issues

Hath Not a Jew

by Sarina Gruver Moore

Of Shakespeare’s major comedies, The Merchant of Venice is my least favorite because it’s the least funny. In a post-​Holocaust world it’s difficult to stage the play’s anti-​semitic jokes, …

Between the Issues

The World Through a Food Truck

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

Just don’t tell Baba our chicken is better.” It’s the only request Ryah asks customers who stop by to visit Leena’s, the food truck she operates out of a ’91 Chevy …

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