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Literature, Emptiness and Empathy
Broad Street Blog / Feature Friday

Literature, Emptiness and Empathy

  It is a popular opinion that literature promotes empathy in the reader. Author John Green says in his Crash Course video “How and Why We Read,“ “By understanding language, you will have a fuller understanding of lives other than your own.” In the above video, author Azar Nafisi agrees, asking the question at the 2014 American Library … Continue reading

Seed Salon ‘On Truth and Beauty’
Broad Street Blog / Interviews

Seed Salon ‘On Truth and Beauty’

From The Seed Salon, Physicist and novelist Janna Levin meets with fiction writer Jonathan Lethem to discuss “the importance of truth in their art and the impurity of metaphor.” Read some of Lethem’s and Levin’s comments on truth and relativism, or watch the dialogue below! Excerpts: Truth and Relativism Levin: “We’re disappointed if novelists don’t combine the observed … Continue reading

Colonial Williamsburg, History and Unreality
Broad Street Blog / Feature Friday

Colonial Williamsburg, History and Unreality

by Matthew Phipps Recently I paid a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, the former seat of state and colonial government that sits, in its current form—partially preserved, partially reconstructed, peopled by re-enactors in bulky period dress—halfway down the Virginia Peninsula, between the tidal flows of the James and York Rivers. While I had never been to … Continue reading

Poets&Writers Meets Broad Street
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Poets&Writers Meets Broad Street

We’ve seen Broad Street grow in strength of identity since we started this endeavor almost a year ago, and now, weeks from our first birthday, Broad Street has added its name to the Poets&Writers’ literary database. We’re looking forward to our one-year anniversary as a start-up as well as the years to come, and we’re grateful to our friends, subscribers, and donors … Continue reading

Broad Street Lands on NewPages
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Broad Street Lands on NewPages

Michigan’s NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines has graced Broad Street with a place in their literary database, where we’ll soon see our “Hunt/Gather” issue on the NewPages New Magazine Stand, and Broad Street made available for review (by reviewers like you?)! We would like to continue to encourage our print-magazine subscribers to send a blurb with your feedback on a favorite story … Continue reading

TBT: Staging Theater on Broad Street in Richmond
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TBT: Staging Theater on Broad Street in Richmond

Broad Street magazine’s namesake “has been the center of Richmond since its creation,” according to the blog Mapping American History, which also notes that “the structural diversity [of Richmond], especially found on Broad Street, was a result of the constant adaptation of the city and its need to acclimate to the changing times.” After Fire … Continue reading

Broad Street Recommends: “David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact” by Josh Roiland
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Broad Street Recommends: “David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact” by Josh Roiland

This week Broad Street recommends Josh Roiland‘s Fall 2013 article “David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact,” which originally appeared in Literary Journalism Studies and was recently made available by the good people at Longreads. In the article, Roiland investigates accusations about Wallace’s literary journalism, including allegations of “embellishments” and invented dialogue. Roiland reminds us … Continue reading