For some locals, October 17, 1979 was the date parents all over southwestern PA let their kids stay up late. That night baseball fans young and old got to witness Willie “Pops” Stargell homering against the Baltimore Orioles, propelling the Pittsburgh Pirates to their most-​recent World Series title. The sound of pots and…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading So close, and then so low…
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 ‘79 season, the last of that era’s championship teams. And while the exploits of future Hall-​of-​Famers Lynn Swann and Jack Lambert live…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Noll comes up a winner in bio “His Life’s Work”
In 1995, Carnegie Mellon University’s Professor Raj Reddy organized a meeting in Shadyside of the world’s foremost digital thought leaders to discuss the feasibility of electronic libraries. The idea of very large Internet libraries had been gestating in Reddy’s mind for about 15 years, but it was not until then that desktop computers,…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading A virtual library bit by byte
With an estimated 2,000 new and reissued titles entering the book market each week, no one can read everything. Now, thanks to Pierre Bayard, a French critic and psychoanalyst, no one actually has to read anything. The author of How to Talk About Books One Hasn’t Read? (Comment Parler des Livres Que l’On…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Discuss a classic without ever having read it
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