Five years ago, Brazilian conductor and composer Flavio Chamis set out to create an album with musicians from five nations at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Chamis and producer Jay Ashby decided to take things slowly, something unusual in the commercial music world. Three years later, in 2006, Especiaria was released. The album was…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Global City
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
Before Pittsburgh became a place, before it was an idea, before its stories, its heroes, its villains, its tales of exploration, adventure, discovery and struggle became part of the popular imagination and American life, it was a space defined only by the movement of water through mountains, valleys, forests and a dark wilderness.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Artists and historians discuss the region’s never-​ending quest to define itself
This “novel” is novel indeed; a variform narrative incorporating, among other things, letters to a dead man and a tentative tale of a severed head. It’s a curious brew, heavily laced with impressions, observations and fantastic, almost hallucinatory images. (How else would one describe the author’s elderly mother giving birth to a full-​grown…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading John Edgar Wideman leads readers into a twisting, fantastical novel
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