Columbus is a college town. So you’re thinking zillions of groovy coffeehouses, great bookstores, and cheap but tasty “ethnic” restaurants, right? Well forget it. Because Columbus isn’t that kind of college town. This isn’t some fancy-schmantzy private school oozing with precious dollops of aestheticized sensitivity. No sirree. This is Ohio State University: a huge, football-crazy, heartland kind of place. A place removed from the mallish and tallish buildings downtown and the trendyish cafes and tchotchke shops of the Short North. A place where the main drag, North High Street, is littered with fast-food chains, a few bars and T-shirt joints, a bookstore, some 7-Eleven clones, and a bagel place. The one exception here is OSU’s Wexner Center for the Arts, which showcases big international names and local talent in its galleries, theaters, and performance spaces and has the best bookstore

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