This is a well-researched book that examines place-making practices in a metropolitan environment. Puglia expertly traces how in Baltimore, the word 'hon' moved from a stigmatized to an esteemed vernacular for purposes of collective civic representation and the controversies such a move engendered. In doing so he adeptly explores important issues of class, identity, representation, commodification and the privatization of folklore. It is an excellent case study of the processes of the selection and invention of tradition in a city that deserves more attention to its folk traditions.
June 2023 Issue, Baltimore Magazine: In an article about HonFest, David J. Puglia is quoted, and the book is mentioned.