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How Ohio Has Shaped Toni Morrison’s Fiction

Toni Morrison's talent cannot be overstated or over-appreciated. But less understood are her deep Ohio roots—and the fundamental role the state plays in her work. Consider, for instance, her Cincinnati masterpiece Beloved.

Marty Brennaman Is Still Coming In Loud and Clear

Marty Brennaman has been the voice of the Reds for more than four decades. But his most impressive feat has been keeping a voice of his own.

Blue Manatee Books Is Cincinnati’s Own Children’s Publishing Outfit

When is a kids’ bookstore not just a kids’ bookstore? When it’s also a publishing house.

Celeste Ng Talks Duplexes, Ohio Writers, and The “Utopian Ideal” Of Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights, which sits just east of Cleveland, is famously wealthy and fastidiously planned—a suburb on steroids. It’s the perfect material for a novelist, especially if that novelist grew up in Shaker Heights, as Celeste Ng did.

Mike Brown’s Forgotten Playing Days

How the Bengals owner’s time on the gridiron explains his much-maligned career on the sidelines.

Can Republicans Ever Win The Mayor’s Office Again?

Republicans may be locked out of the mayor’s office, but they still hold the keys.

Is Former UC Football Coach Tommy Tuberville Running for Office?

He better hope it's not against anyone from the AAC.

The New Midwest Tracks Our Region’s Best—and Darkest—New Literary Fiction

Author Mark Athitakis argues that in the last few decades our region has produced a fascinating new kind of literary fiction.

Osborne Coinage Has Been Making Coins in Cincinnati for Nearly 200 Years

“Coins have been made pretty much the same way for millennia.”

A Brief History of Political Mud-Slinging

The dark art of political insults has been going on for a long time now—and it’s kind of Cincinnati’s fault.