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Speak Easy: Bob Shacochis Talks Dangerous Books

If you could assemble a dream career for a writer, it might look something like Bob Shacochis's.

Speak Easy: C. K. Williams

C.K. Williams, winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, is coming to the University of Cincinnati this month to talk about his poetic influences.

Corner Shop: Carl’s Deli

There’s a good chance you’ve driven by Carl’s Deli and didn’t even know it. But a few things could alert you to its presence: the tables and chairs outside, the chalkboard advertising the day’s specials, or perhaps the easy-going feeling you get when you pass the place.

Short Rib Grilled Cheese

The words grilled cheese are a promise to the diner. There will be bread, buttered and placed on a hot surface. And there will be cheese, in excess, melted into a beautiful gooey mess.

Rincon Mexicano

When I lived in New Mexico, I spent as much time as I could at a place called Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen. Among Maria’s many charms were a novel-length tequila list and their fried, pillow-like pastries known as sopapillas.

Front Street Cafe

If you want to really see the Ohio River in New Richmond, take Front Street all the way into town from U.S. 52. You’ll pass big old houses until you hit downtown and its central meeting point, Front Street Café.

The Little Journal That Could

An under-the-radar literary magazine gets its day on the national stage.

You Should Be Eating This: Turkey Po Boy

It's no secret that I'm a fan of New Orleans To Go, the cajun food truck that is occasionally near my office on Fountain Square. Inevitably, when I stand in the line I hear people ordering the same thing: shrimp po boy, shrimp po boy, shrimp po boy.

On Tap: Oro de Calabaza

I'm an unabashed lover of Michigan beers. When I visit the state, my first stop is to the local beer store to stock up. When I drive back to Cincinnati, I won't hesitate to go 30 minutes out of my way to stock up on Short's or Dark Horse or Acadia before crossing back into Ohio.

“This Beautiful, Sweet Little Town Is Just Gone.”

On March 2, 2012, an EF3 tornado with 160 mph winds slammed into Moscow, Ohio. Half the village was destroyed or damaged, leaving many Muscovites to wonder: Should they stay or should they go?