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It’s the common mistake to classify pop music as boy band/Disney princess detritus. Music scholars have always been inconsistent in the way they’ve metered out characteristics for the broad genre. While we may associate the…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

Trent on Tilt

Nestled somewhere in the consciousness of a middle-aged Ohio man lives the memory of a young boy playing his first pinball machine. Thirty years later, that boy became the 10th greatest player in the world….

Photo by Chris Casella

Console Conquerer

When I was 13, I broke up with my first girlfriend to play Xbox. This particularly embarrassing admission accurately underlines the oxymoronic mindset of the Nintendo generation: that romance is not the primary goal of…

Photo by Ray Lavoie

Ready to ‘Ware

The ’50s: a time when Tupperware was considered more “space-age technological triumph” than “impulse buy at Wal-Mart.” It was also the dawn of a golden era for door-to-door dealing, where the “Tupperware party” took its…


As I trek through an overgrown field of tall grass and wildflowers in Zanesville Ohio, I can see the Columbia Portland Cement factory huddled in the distance. It’s a massive abandoned compound surrounded by wilderness;…

Photo by Foodbyfax/Creative Commons

Dad in a Cape

“I define myself as many things: I’m a husband. I’m a father. I’m a brother. I’m a son. I’m the branch leader of Heroes Alliance Ohio. I’m a costumer. I’m a superhero fan.” That’s Aaron…

Photos by Jodi Miller

Here for the Cake

Cake is one of the few foods in our culture that signals “party time.”  Whether it’s at your friend’s wedding, a birthday bash for some unfortunate soul hitting 40, or celebratory party for making it…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard


It’s 2 a.m. I’m lying in my bed watching the ceiling fan spin in mesmerizing circles. Feeling hungry, I stumble over to my kitchen, open my refrigerator and peek inside. There is a box of…

Photos by Adam Lowe

Strapping Man

Hovelled in a non-descript storefront in the outer reaches of Clintonville, a man covered in ink wearing a rugged, wooly beard receives me with a smirk. His shop is roughly the size of a spacious…

Durb’s Inferno

It began with a prick—a tiny puncture of skin from a pilfered needle into the arm of a 14-year-old. This seemingly insignificant instance of a couple of angsty, prepubescent skateboarders breaking into a mother’s sewing…

Photos courtesy The Ohio Tattoo Museum

Tattoo Folk

In the ’70s, one of the most famous tattoo artists in the country was a former sword swallower named “Stoney.” And he lived in Columbus. Yes, that’s right. Disabled by rheumatoid arthritis since the age…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Your Happy Place

Everybody loves to brag about their “bargain radar”—uncovering quality products on the cheap is why thrifting is such an exhilarating experience. Finding a dollar pair of Levi’s that fit just right can certainly make one’s…

Good Grub, On the Go

The term “fast-casual dining” might seem like an oxymoron—or even an underhanded attempt by restaurateurs at letting their customers know that their business is a notch above McDonalds—while still cheaper than Hyde Park. But the…