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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 friend through the medium of...
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 I aged I used them...
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 options).  Read on for a...
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 Street’s “Dangerous Territory” issue. It...
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 Lea Marshall; photography by John Moser,...