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The Ticketless Traveler: Ohio

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Ohio., Digital ID 1401778, New York Public LibraryOhio is not that far from New York... two or three states away, depending how you drive. But you wouldn't know it by talking to any native New Yorker. It might as well be Iowa, or Idaho, they all kind of sound the same. "Flyover country."

Ohio is considered part of the Midwest, though it seems strange to me to be lumped in with North Dakota and Missouri, places I've never been. Ohio is the huge metal buckle of the rust belt, a swath of former industrial cities that surround the Great Lakes. I hail from the rubber capitol of the world, and my grandfathers worked for competing tire manufacturers.

And you know what? There are hundreds, thousands of expat Ohioans in New York City. I mean I bet there are. We don't go around bragging about it, even though we totally could.

Fiction

Poetry

A map of literary Ohio.

[View of the factory in Cleveland, Ohio.]  , Digital ID 1163551, New York Public Library

Nonfiction

Music

Cleveland is home to the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum; according to legend DJ Alan Freed first popularized the term "rock & roll" there and it was the site of the first concert. For more, try Hang On Sloopy: The History of Rock & Roll in Ohio by Nick Talevski. Some famous (and infamous) musicians from Ohio include:

Ohio is a Piano - map of 88 counties that you can play like an instrument.

Movies

Television

TWELFTH ANNUAL BANQUET HONORING  WILLIAM L. STRONG [held by] OHIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK [at] "WALDORF-ASTORIA, NEW YORK" (HOTEL;), Digital ID 470830, New York Public LibraryFood

Sauerkraut Balls, Cincinnati Chili, Buckeye Candy, "pop."

Travel

Ohio Society of New York, I know you're out there. What else would you add to this list?

 

Do you enjoy The Ticketless Traveler? You might also like State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers.

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...but these go to 11

Bass player Derek Smalls screamed "HELLO CLEVELAND!" from the bowels of the Xanadu Star Theater in Ohio when Spinal Tap got lost backstage.

What a nice idea.

What a nice idea. Adds that immediately jumped out at me: James Wright, Tracy Chapman, Ides of March. My favorite travel books for Ohio are from Orange Frazer Press (not all of them are shown here). http://www.orangefrazer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=TRAVEL

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