Lessons in Persuasion: Creative Nonfiction/Pittsburgh Connections
By: Lee Gutkind (editor)Paperback
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Pittsburgh has always been despite its industrial reputation a great city in which to be a writer. Its active, close-knit writing community has seen the rise of several luminaries with Pittsburgh connections, such as Annie Dillard and Stewart O Nan, and the caliber of Pittsburgh s writing community today is better than ever. Lee Gutkind has assembled a reunion of sorts with writers from across the nation, as well as the up-and-coming stars on the local scene each of whom has a Pittsburgh connection. Many grew up in the region, others attended college here: all of them have an association with the city. The resulting collection of essays is both gentle and jarring, eclectic and persuasive, covering a range of topics from a stripper s work ethic to West Virginia s famed Matewan shootout, Atlantic City s Boardwalk before Donald Trump, and the uses of poetry to better understand one s own life. Although Pittsburgh is not the subject of most of the essays, these writers are bound by their affinity for the written word and their collective fondness for Pittsburgh."
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