Picking a Winner

Good news.  My choice for the best book I read last year, Half of a Yellow Sun, just won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.

*Please, Oprah, don't choose it as a book of the month for your pathetic club.  The rest of you: buy it now.

Deja Vu (Again)

The first line of a recent horoscope I saw caught my eye. “Don’t be shocked by any déjà vu you encounter.”

Each time I return to Pittsburgh I hear about the ways that it has changed. People mention the revitalization of the Southside and E. Carson St (how long can something claim to be undergoing revitalization anyway?), the burgeoning loft apartments in Shadyside and E. Liberty and along the Allegheny River, the transformative Warhol Museum, and even the glassification of once grey, decayed buildings downtown. And how bout ‘dem Steelers last year? Continue reading →