re: biographicals

or, the time I almost died

This blog used to be called and is still called in some spiritual sense “no coast offense.” A no coast offense (n.) is an magical-realist American football offensive scheme where every play is 3rd and seven, and every play call is a five-yard out route that the quarterback throws into the ground at the feet of the receiver, who is not open and/or would have dropped it anyway. I don’t know why I chose this slightly broken football joke as an internet sobriquet circa 2008 but I also don’t know any good reason to unchoose it, so here we are. (shorter: west coast offense : no coast offense :: high brow : no brow.)

My actual name is Pete Beatty. I am a writer and editor. I’ve worked for the University of Chicago Press, Bloomsbury USA, Open Road Media, Belt, and many other places, including a driving range behind a Dairy Queen and a liquor store in Chicago. I’ve taught at Kent State University and am currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama. I also write + edit for my own self. I am from Berea, Ohio, and lived in Chicago for a long time,  in Brooklyn for nearly as long, in Cleveland for a year, and now in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

You can reach me at ptbeatty [at] gmail [dot] com.


(Northeast Ohio)
0. Middleburg Heights
1. South Berea (twelve years)
1a. Strongsville (three months)
2. North Berea (four years)

(Chicago I)
3. Woodlawn (two years)
4. Hyde Park I (two years)
4a. Hyde Park II (one summer)
5. Palmer Square (eight months)

(New York)
6. Cobble Hill (a month)
6a. Larchmont, NY (two weeks)
7. The lower upper east side (three months)

(Chicago II)
7a. Pilsen I (three months)
8. Hyde Park III (six months)
9. Andersonville/Edgewater/Uptown agglomeration (three months)
10. Hyde Park IV (two and a half years)
10a. Hyde Park V* (disputed; only slept there three or four times but paid rent and did laundry there)
11. Little Village (five months)
12. Pilsen II (one month)

(New York II)
13. Woodside, Queens, NY (two months)
14. Crown Heights, Brooklyn (one week)
14a. Crown Heights II (three months)
15. Bushwick, Brooklyn (nine months)
16. Sunset Park, Brooklyn (four years eight months)

(Northeast Ohio II)
17. Edgewater, Cleveland (one year one month)

(West Central Alabama)
18. Northport, Alabama (four months)
19. Tuscaloosa, Alabama I (two months)
20. Tuscaloosa, Alabama II (spinning clock icon)