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Weekend Reading:  "Our lady of the pantsuit: In praise — yes, praise! — of Hillary Clinton’s style," by Sonja Livingston on Salon.com

Weekend Reading: “Our lady of the pantsuit: In praise — yes, praise! — of Hillary Clinton’s style,” by Sonja Livingston on Salon.com

“It’s time we talk about pants. Hillary’s, specifically. I’m thinking of the red pair she rocked a few nights ago at the first 2016 presidential debate…. I want a patron of loud talk, of speaking her mind, of taking up space. Give me a woman who climbs flagpoles, an icon with full thighs and an...
July 4 and an American Childhood Abroad: Memoir by Gregory Osina Weatherford

July 4 and an American Childhood Abroad: Memoir by Gregory Osina Weatherford

A dispatch from our Department of Imagined Communities: Gregory Osina Weatherford, who grew up roving with parents employed by the State Department, reflects on the meaning held by July 4 while living in Afghanistan, Guinea, Brazil, and beyond. *   *   * I moved to Virginia almost 40 years ago. But I spent my childhood...
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 pieces published 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...
Weekend Reading: Paisley Rekdal Reflects on Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

Weekend Reading: 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...