Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2011


Great Plains Research 21.1 (2011), p 123.


© 2011 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Joshua Long makes a fine contribution to the literature on urban places with Weird City. It is written in a way that makes it a natural for students of urban geography and an equally solid choice for classes devoted to urban sociology, community organization, urban planning, or public history. The book provides an in-depth look at the cultural landscape in a specific urban location. The book is well documented and includes a relevant and well-written annotated glossary of terms that is, regrettably, too short. In sum, Long has given us the sort of writing that appeals beyond the classroom. He has also given us an intimate look at a very subtle yet important aspect of urban life-a sense of urban place.