cultural studies
Desperate times, new measures: Broad Street's 2020 Blog.

Desperate times, new measures: Broad Street’s 2020 Blog.

  We feel the need to do something. We make masks, we donate money, we protest and demonstrate … and still our spirits yearn for more. Solidarity and fellow-feeling, the companionship of … what we have, which is a computer screen, where most of us are glued all day and night. But there are people...
“2001: Redux,” an essay by Lise Haines.

“2001: Redux,” an essay by Lise Haines.

The future will be seen through plates of glass. Did Arthur C. Clarke foresee a day when technology would become a replacement for touch and breath and intimacy across Planet Earth? I never wanted to meet HAL or his ghost. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, which came out in 1968, Dr. David Bowman murders the mainframe computer,...
“Retail Therapy … Just Isn’t Anymore,” by Eleanor Herman.

“Retail Therapy … Just Isn’t Anymore,” by Eleanor Herman.

Returning to the mall in the age of Covid-19. “I mean, even if nobody sees me, I do have certain standards.” Back to the Tysons mall after four months away! I’ve always loved to look at clothing, shoes, and purses. To try skincare and makeup. I used to slip out of my home office and...
“Reenactors.” A photo essay by Chad Hunt.

“Reenactors.” A photo essay by Chad Hunt.

“The uniforms have changed, but we are still confronting the realities of war and what it means to place yourself within it.” Investigating the modern individual’s connection to warfare, a prominent photojournalist turns his camera on American reenactors of two watershed wars: the American Revolution and World War I. From our Winter/Spring 2019 issue, “Rivals & Players.”...
Two by Ron Smith: "From Around Here" and "Drought, Rome." From "Rivals & Players."

Two by Ron Smith: “From Around Here” and “Drought, Rome.” From “Rivals & Players.”

“You plunge into the world. You roll the dice. You make new friends, a few, or maybe none…”   To enjoy this piece from “Rivals & Players” as a broadside, drag the sheet to your desktop. Or scroll down to read in plain text. From Around Here The heat, damned heat — and now humidity. A hundred-plus miles from the...