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“Barrow, Alaska” photographer wins recognition
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“Barrow, Alaska” photographer wins recognition

Congratulations to photographer Dawn Whitmore, whose photo essay on Barrow, Alaska, is a centerpiece of Broad Street’s “Hunt, Gather” issue. Whitmore recently was awarded second place in the 2014 Photo Review Competition, juried by by Jennifer Blessing, senior curator of photography for the Guggenheim Museum of Art. Her winning work will be exhibited at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from October 31-December 5. … Continue reading

As Halloween looms, we interrogate “Devil’s Advocate”
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As Halloween looms, we interrogate “Devil’s Advocate”

From the 1997 film   The facts: Broad Street Magazine’s “Bedeviled” issue draws closer than ever to publication, Halloween is less than a week away, and The Devil’s Advocate recently has been picked up as a TV series by NBC. This raises a question: Rhetorically, a devil’s advocate is someone who argues for argument’s sake, but what exactly … Continue reading

In his Nobel speech, J.M. Coetzee discusses truth and then starts making things up
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In his Nobel speech, J.M. Coetzee discusses truth and then starts making things up

At the banquet for his Nobel Prize for literature in 2003, J.M. Coetzee, author of Foe, mused about truth and authorship. He recalled the moment in his childhood where he realized that Robinson Crusoe was not, in fact, written by Robinson Crusoe. Then, rather than delivering the traditional lecture, Coetzee told a strange story in which he claimed … Continue reading

Claudia Roth Pierpont on Nina Simone
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Claudia Roth Pierpont on Nina Simone

This week we recommend Claudia Roth Pierpont’s thoughts on the life of Nina Simone, “A Raised Voice,“ over at the currently open archives of The New Yorker. As Roth Pierpont observes, controversy broke out earlier this year over the announcement of the selection of Zoe Saldana, “a movie star of Dominican descent and a light-skinned beauty along … Continue reading

Is this kit really designed to kill vampires?
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Is this kit really designed to kill vampires?

Just in time for Halloween, making rounds on the internet again are pictures and videos of 19th-century vampire-hunting kits, boxes packed tight with everything you’d need to kill vampires. Most people who have them acknowledge that their collections are replicas, but some people are sure that they’ve got the real deal. Are these kits part of a … Continue reading

Read this essay by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher at Newfound Journal
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Read this essay by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher at Newfound Journal

This week, Broad Street recommends a dreamlike collage essay by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (whose piece in the “Hunt, Gather” issue recently was called “superb” in a review by New Pages). In “Artifacts,” published in the current issue of Newfound Journal, Fletcher offers an intimate, impressionistic portrait of his mother, who we see in a series of snapshots of … Continue reading

Holding Pattern: designer Lauren O’Neill finds the art in Google and airports
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Holding Pattern: designer Lauren O’Neill finds the art in Google and airports

CPH (Copenhagen. This image appeared in Broad Street 1.2, “Hunt, Gather”). Designer and artist Lauren O’Neill uses modern technology to create art out of everyday tools of modern life: Google, satellite imagery, and air travel. Her Tumblr blog, Holding Pattern, gathers bird’s-eye views of airports culled from Google Earth, revealing their abstract, sometimes breathtaking beauty. It’s … Continue reading

Hunt, Gather feature: mosaic artist Erica Hoverter on her process
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Hunt, Gather feature: mosaic artist Erica Hoverter on her process

 Issue 1.2, “Hunt, Gather,” features a number of works circling the idea of collecting and arranging. We can imagine no more perfect example of this process than the mosaic.  Erica Hoverter became a mosaic artist in 2002, after a back injury made it difficult for her to continue her work as a physical therapy technician … Continue reading

Seed Salon ‘On Truth and Beauty’
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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