I met the great oral historian and journalist Studs Terkel when I was 18 years old. I didn’t know much about Studs back then, only that he was a writer and a pretty famous one, and since I wanted to be a writer, too, it was probably a good idea to go see…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2014
One hundred and twenty five years ago, the eastern side of Pittsburgh’s East End — its grand villas powered by electricity and surrounded by gleaming motorcars — was arguably the richest and most tech-​savvy neighborhood in the country. Within a half-​mile stretch between Point Breeze and Wilkinsburg dwelt a dazzle of shrewd self-​made millionaires: Henry Heinz, the…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2014
  • Sub Heading The East End’s Gilded Age museum expands
Let me say at the beginning that I adore the current Carnegie International, curated by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers and Tina Kukielski. It has made me change my mind about a number of things I have held dear in the past. And, to me at least, it is already old hat, because for…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2014
  • Sub Heading A worthy dowager lets down her hair
In this season of Steelers discontent, Gary Pomerantz offers rattled fans some balm. “Their Life’s Work” is a thoroughly reported and clearly written account of the Steelers’ sensational ‘70s, framed through the “brotherhood” of the players and their interplay with the owners.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2014
  • Sub Heading “Their Life’s Work” examines the Steelers dynasty of the ‘70s
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