Corniche

Corniche

Sea and city: Beirut 2004. By Amira Pierce In a city with few public parks, the Corniche Beirut is a perfect gathering place, a seaside promenade open to everyone. It’s where big luxury hotels meet everyday Lebanese, on broad walkways and dark rocks along the lapping Mediterranean. Today, as the...
The Power and Limitations of "Hiroshima"

The Power and Limitations of “Hiroshima”

The most celebrated example of long-form nonfiction in the post-World War II years was John Hersey’s Hiroshima, originally published in The New Yorker in August 1946 in its complete 30,000-word form, taking up the entire issue (to memorialize the fiftieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the magazine has posted the...
Weekend reading: "Making Friends with Midge"

Weekend reading: “Making Friends with Midge”

This weekend spend some time with Midge, Barbie’s best friend. Besides being a literary critic, novelist, teacher, and Broad Street‘s editorial director, Susann Cokal is a lifelong scholar of all things Barbie, with several scholarly articles on the subject. In this essay, Cokal explores what it means to be a best...
Abby Is Tall and Blonde

Abby Is Tall and Blonde

by Abby Otte When people attempt to sum me up for a stranger, it usually goes something like this: “Abby is tall and blonde.” My parents like to say that when I was born I came out all limbs. My arms and legs stretched from my body like taffy. As...
Presenting Broad Street 2.1: "Bedeviled"

Presenting Broad Street 2.1: “Bedeviled”

Broad Street 2.1, “Bedeviled,” is out now, featuring this stunning cover photo by Chad Hunt! We are rolling it out to subscribers and to select bookstores. If you want to have it mailed to your home, you can buy single copies or a subscription here (scroll down a bit to see the purchasing...
Paisley Rekdal Reflects on Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

Paisley Rekdal Reflects on Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

  Broad Street is proud to present a favorite story from our first issue, now formatted for online reading. “The Lives of Strangers,” by award-winning poet and memoirist Paisley Rekdal, explores the complexities of marriage and love—and the many forms of violence they can engender. It first appeared in the print version of Broad...
Bedeviled Preview

Bedeviled Preview

The third issue of Broad Street is on its way, filled with tales of troubles, vexations, irritations and curses. The theme for issue 2.1 is “Bedeviled,” and it features stories and essays by Ramsey Hootman, D.J. Lee, Alan Cheuse, Carol Moldaw, and Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.; poetry from Lisa Allen Ortiz, Richard Peabody, and...
The Writer magazine features Broad Street

The Writer magazine features Broad Street

A dispatch from the Shameless Promotion Department: The March issue of The Writer includes a detailed conversation with Broad Street Editorial Director Susann Cokal about the magazine, its editorial direction and philosophy, and some terrific words about contributors and the upcoming Bedeviled issue. Check it out on newsstands now!
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Praise for Yehuda Amichai

ILLUSTRATION: Riccardo Vecchio; SOURCE: The New Yorker We thought you’d be interested in this thoughtful rave from The New Yorker for a recently published collection of poems by Yehuda Amichai, some of which first appeared in Broad Street’s “Dangerous Territory.” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/04/like-a-prayer Robert Alter, the literary scholar and translator, describes his poetry as playing, “vigorously and...

Truth Teller Spotlight – Ramsey Hootman

Ramsey Hootman recently released her first novel, “Courting Greta.” A San Francisco resident, Hootman perfects the balancing act of mother and writer. To gain some insight on her writing process, we asked her some questions about truth, writing and the role honesty plays in her craft. What role does truth play in your writing–your nonfiction,...

Truth Teller Spotlight – Susann Cokal

Aside from her role as the Editorial Director of Broad Street Magazine, Susann Cokal also wears hats as historical novelist, pop-culture essayist, book critic, magazine editor, and professor of creative writing and modern literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her published novels, Cokal’s writing has been featured in Gargoyle, The Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review...

Truth Teller Spotlight – Thomas E. Kennedy

Award-winning author and past Broad Street contributor Thomas E. Kennedy has published a myriad of books, including four volumes of literary criticism, and has edited several anthologies. With a B.A in Language and Literature and an M.F.A in Writing from Vermont College, Kennedy’s career as a writer has afforded him critical acclaim from the likes of The New Yorker,...

Truth Teller Spotlight – Shalom Auslander

Author and producer Shalom Auslander uses humor to recount stories of shame, sex and God as a young boy growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community. His books, “Beware of God,” “Foreskin’s Lament” and “Hope: A Tragedy” draw on his Jewish upbringing and early questions about faith. Auslander has published articles in The New York Times Magazine,...