Notes from Plattsville

Gerry Stanek
A Native of Western Pennsylvania Coal Fields Considers Modern Life
Created 20 Jul 2020
  • The Soap and the Corn
    30 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 3
    I’ve never been much of a Halloween guy. One of my earliest memories includes the cheap plastic masks we wore in the 60s and 70s. My older sister and brothers tortured me with a certain mask again and...
  • A Not-So-Academic Theory on The Fab Four
    17 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I met Eddie Vedder in New York in 1991. Pearl Jam played at CBGB, the famous club on the Bowery, and I was lucky enough to be there. Our bands were signed to the same label, and Eddie’s luck—if we wan...
  • The Roofer and the Actress
    15 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    The triumphant author after a day of roofing. Bradley Beach, NJ, circa 1996 This story begins with me on a roof in Rahway, New Jersey in 1996. A very steep roof. I’d helped tear off the old shingles t...
  • How to Be Reverent
    09 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    The three ropes were new seventy years before, in 1906, attached in the darkness overhead. Dust floated in oblong snatches of sunlight, like bugs at a streetlamp; dust that landed and clung to the rou...
  • Kidney Beans: A True Story
    08 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 3 3
    It sat on the outer edge of the village, across from Morealli’s Pennzoil station. To walk there on a summer afternoon was not a challenge. My first trips would have been under the tutelage of my older...
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E
    05 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    It was September of 2016 when I realized my marriage was over. And with five years behind me, I’m keenly aware that I don’t talk about my divorce in a public way—that’s a conscious decision. Such matt...
  • The Heart of Tenth Grade
    13 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 6
    We all have years that stand out in our lives, years filled with transformation and significance. And if we’re realistic, that’s to be expected. Life is full of change, the constant swirl of a univers...
  • Unconditional Love Can't Die
    30 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 0 1
    For seven years, my mom cried when the time came for me to leave Pennsylvania. After I moved to North Carolina in 2014, our visits wouldn’t be so regular, and she hated parting. Well, so did I. She wa...
  • Fence Posts from Locust Trees
    28 May 2021 • 14 min read
    My glasses are like Coke bottles. Everything is a blur if they’re not on my face. The other thing you need to know is we had a car once, a blue one, and daddy sold it to Bill Gary. Daddy didn’t think ...
  • Vanna White Stripes LP on Hold
    25 May 2021 • 3 min read
    George Clue Knee is decidedly glum. Mr. Knee is talking about the producer situation. The producer situation is one of those things that make people put their hands up and form quotation marks when th...
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