During my off-hours, I ventured out to
museums, theaters of all types, clubs, bars and the homes of friends and
co-workers who hosted parties and events. I never worried about being able to get anywhere.
The sport of boxing admittedly doesn’t
hold the nation’s spotlight like it once did, but, even so, it seems
this city hasn’t fully embraced the fact that one of its own might be on
his way to being the best fighter on the planet.
Though Norwood is merely five miles north
of downtown’s city center, it may as well be smack dab in another time
and another place with its barely-there lane lines, its
shameful-but-glaring classism and racism for a city its size and its
perpetually broke and broke-down demeanor.
Marjorie Celona’s Y and Leah Stewart’s The History of Us
are more than just novels by writers who happen to be female; they’re
sensitive, psychologically complex works that deal the nature of
identity in ways both singular and incisive.
It’s a frigid weekday afternoon in early February, less
than three weeks after the publication of Leah Stewart’s fourth novel, The History of Us,
a Cincinnati-set coming-of-age tale marked by psychological insight, a
sneakily addictive narrative thrust and a deft use of dialogue.
I have lived in Cincinnati for close to
13 years and I’ve never been on a Metro bus. For the last few months
I’ve been thinking about this fact, and it bothers me because I’m not
sure where the problem lies. Is it Cincinnati or me?
This Valentine’s Day we’re not going to try to
define love. But CityBeat’s 2013 Love
List will introduce you, in a strictly platonic way, to nine “hot”
locals in various service, creative and philanthropic industries who
have turned their passions into successful careers.
“From as early as I can remember I wanted
to be a hairstylist,” says Jessie Hoffman, owner/stylist at Parlour
salon. “I always had my hands on hair — cutting my dolls’ hair very
early on and foiling and hacking at brave friends’ locks in high
I’ve been living in downtown Covington, Ky., since the
middle of July 2011. Having lived in Cincinnati for most of my adult
life and with a lot of that time working and/or living downtown,
Covington has been an adjustment for me. In my view, Downtown Covington
isn’t anything like the city across the river.