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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A Devilish Look

A Devilish Look

From “Demons in the Woods,” a portfolio of photographs by John Moser. Todd by Chad Hunt, 1998 All week we will be spotlighting visual artists who appear in our “Bedeviled” issue, which is coming out soon. Today’s images are from photographers John Moser and Chad Hunt.
Deborah Jiang-Stein on Her Mother's Prison Addiction

Deborah Jiang-Stein on Her Mother’s Prison Addiction

Prison Baby author and advocate Deborah Jiang-Stein recently discovered something startling about her birth mother’s imprisonment and heroin addiction. Read more in this special feature, exclusively for Broad Street Online.          
Getting Over Writer's Block

Getting Over Writer’s Block

by Carla Dominguez  All writers have likely experienced this dreaded feeling: You’re reaching deep down into the creativity file of your brain, but you can’t find anything. This feeling doesn’t have an expiration date, and sometimes the days of not being able to write never ends. There is a lot of discourse in the world...
John Jeremiah Sullivan Explores the World of Massage

John Jeremiah Sullivan Explores the World of Massage

  For this weekend’s read, we’re in a throwback mood and recommending John Jeremiah Sullivan’s 2012 piece for the New York Times Magazine, “My Multiday Massage-a-thon.” In the piece, Sullivan, the author of the 2011 essay collection Pulphead and contributor to publications such as The Paris Review and GQ, first declares himself something of a massage...
Art Imitating Life: Drones Appearing on Afghan Rugs

Art Imitating Life: Drones Appearing on Afghan Rugs

Here at Broad Street we are fascinated with the ways art reflects life—sometimes in surprising forms. The Atlantic recently ran a piece that showcases one such example. Cosimo Bizzari writes about a recent trend taken by Afghan rug-weavers: When it comes to what to depict on rugs, Afghan weavers traditionally turn to what’s most familiar. So in...