Between the Issues

On Karoshi

by Greg Curtis

Karoshi” is a Japanese word that means, literally, “death by overwork.” For nearly half a century it’s been quite common for Japanese workers, usually the legendary “salarymen,” simply to drop dead, …

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Seeing the World Through Music

by Stuart Sheppard

Nietzsche famously castigated Euripides for killing the tradition of the chorus in Greek tragedy, because the audience no longer had music to inform its comprehension. He even felt that Euripides …

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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 …

2017 Winter Issue

The Winter 2017 issue:

On newsstands now!

Current Issue

Arrivals

Rivera-​Tinsley, Spaulding, Anderson, Farmer, Zangerle, Leonardo, Earnshaw

by Pittsburgh Quarterly Staff

Camila Rivera-​Tinsley is the director of education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She comes to Pittsburgh from The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, where she specialized in private/​public partnerships, doubled the number of students served by the center’s …

Travel

Cleaner to the Stars

by Barbara Eichenlaub

It’s time to don your best apparel for holiday parties, dinners and events. And then, of course, you’ll need to have those clothes cleaned. There are countless options, but Jerry Montesano’s Shadyside Valet



Obituaries

Washington, Nunn, Litman, Palmer, Page, Filoni

by Pittsburgh Quarterly Staff

Milt Washington, 81: Washington was the long-​time owner of Allegheny Rehabilitation Housing Corp. — one of the largest black-​owned businesses in Pennsylvania. He was a man with a tremendous work ethic, and his success in providing …

Business

Whistleblower

by Jennifer Papale Rignani

In 1991, the smell of Nabisco saturated the air in Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods. The cookie factory was still just that, years away from its second act as a Google anchor. Sears was closed, but its …

PEOPLE & OPINION

Tunnels of Love

by Richard Snodgrass

First, you had to pull the red wicker settee with its circus-​striped cushions a few feet away from the wall. Then you put the army surplus table Mother sometimes used for the sewing machine next …

Photo Essays

Strip Stake

by John Beale

Pittsburgh’s Strip District is the place where everyone comes for everything. With redevelopment occurring on every edge of this one-​half square mile tract, city planners, business owners and residents are looking to strike …

The Latest

Between the Issues

Seeing a Garden in a Pile of Debris

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

Julia had fired up the chainsaw because she had been bored, really. Retirement had been fun for an hour or two, but she needed something to do.

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Miraculous

by Brandon Fury

I found the miraculous in the dim lamp that hung above your head,
swinging.

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Illusion of Control, Part III

by Greg Curtis

In my last post I pointed out that, contrary to the claims of Modern Portfolio Theory, families who own businesses aren’t at all uncomfortable with the “single stock risk” they are …

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Car Trouble

by Elizabeth Wiethorn

At 5:30 a.m. one recent morning, I was driving the Parkway East to Monroeville, and actually ON TIME. I began to hear a loud “ka-​thunk” from the front left of my …

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Homewood Cemetery

by Valerie Bacharach

My husband and I walk its paths at dusk
in the lessening light when heat and humidity ease.

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Mario’s Corner of the World in Sewickley

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

Mario spends most of his life in the dungeon.

That’s what he likes to call his Sewickley Shoe Repair shop, the dungeon, although his beaming face betrays him.

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Meet Jack Roseman, the Tech Whisperer

by Evan Pattak

Shortly after Keith LeJeune helped found Agentase, a company that developed tools to detect hazardous chemicals, he called on Jack Roseman. LeJeune was so impressed with Roseman that he hired him …

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