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Truth Teller Spotlight: Bryant Mangum, belle-lettrist, scholar, storyteller.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Bryant Mangum, belle-lettrist, scholar, storyteller.

“I often wonder if I am violating the sanctity of the hearts of the writers I teach and write about when my research carries me into the details of their private lives …”   Bryant Mangum sees himself mostly as a scholar — and he is in fact an eminent expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald in particular and the...
What writers will do to keep paper and pen together ...

What writers will do to keep paper and pen together …

This month, we celebrate the publication of  From Pantyhose to Spandex: Writers on the Job Redux.  The book is a veritable cornucopia of odd true tales about zany jobs that writers do to keep the ink flowing. And it happens to feature some of Broad Street‘s authors.  The editors, Thomas E. Kennedy (“Prix Fixe,” from our...
From Our Pages: "An Affair of Youth" ... In search of flappers, belles, and the first grave of the Fitzgeralds, by Bryant Mangum. With UNIQUE photograph of the first gravesite.

From Our Pages: “An Affair of Youth” … In search of flappers, belles, and the first grave of the Fitzgeralds, by Bryant Mangum. With UNIQUE photograph of the first gravesite.

Finally Rick struck a match by a gravestone and yelled, “They’re here!” Jim and I converged on the modest, waist-high headstone, streaked dark with tree sap or mold, that Rick was kneeling beside. In his matchlight the inscription was clear: “Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald . . . His Wife . . . Zelda Sayre.” Things went glimmering, and each of us,...

“10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about F. Scott Fitzgerald,” by David S. Brown, from PublishersWeekly.com

Intriguing facts about the great author revealed in David S. Brown’s new book on FSF …   Everyone knows F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is variously remembered as the “Great American Dreamer,” the author of The Great Gatsby, and the man who coined the phrase “Jazz Age.” Fitzgerald was a literary celebrity in that dubious industry’s infancy...
Speaking about Submissions ... New Themes Announced!

Speaking about Submissions … New Themes Announced!

Gentle contributors, present and future! We’ve been in a reading frenzy these days. We are reveling in the submissions currently on Submittable and looking forward to what we might find for our next themes: *Rivals & Players  *Birth, School, Work, Death *It’s a Sunshine Day (new!) *Control (new!) Read more about these themes below. *...