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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...
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...
Typhoid Mary and the Public's Right to Health

Typhoid Mary and the Public’s Right to Health

  by Carla Dominguez Earlier this month, it was confirmed that there are more than 100 cases of measles in the United States—the largest outbreak in the post-vaccination era. An urban legend quickly circulated about a single unvaccinated woman who had traveled to Disneyland, spreading the disease. This misinformation fueled the dispute between those who choose to vaccinate themselves and their children...
The Curious Case of Harper Lee vs. the County School Board

The Curious Case of Harper Lee vs. the County School Board

by Jamal Stone Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has become a rite of passage for middle- and high-school students for its sensitive approach to mature topics such as racism, rape, and murder. But in 1966 some parents found its subject matter “immoral.” At least that was the reason given when Virginia’s Hanover School Board, then embroiled in the...