literature
Parsing “The Big Sleep”: Three writer-editors annotate the classic noir novel.

Parsing “The Big Sleep”: Three writer-editors annotate the classic noir novel.

Raymond Chandler’s inaugural novel gets scholarly treatment in a book packed with facts, photos, and insights into the text and the times. “We all had great love for Chandler’s novels. And we knew the world did too.” Some years ago, three intrepid friends who met at a bookstore —Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Dean Rizzuto — undertook a...
From Our Pages: "An Affair of Youth" ... In search of flappers, belles, and the first grave of the Fitzgeralds, by Bryant Mangum.

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

In 1970, three avid young Fitzgerald scholars took a joy ride in search of Scott and Zelda’s first resting-place. One result is the only known published photo of that original gravesite, which appeared first in Broad Street‘s “Maps & Legends” issue … Finally Rick struck a match by a gravestone and yelled, “They’re here!” … Things...
Share This Poem: "We Did It," by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Robert Alter. From Issue 1.1, "Dangerous Territory."

Share This Poem: “We Did It,” by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Robert Alter. From Issue 1.1, “Dangerous Territory.”

Yehuda Amichai’s poem “We Did It” is among his best known and most celebrated; it inspired Stuart Dybek’s much-anthologized story “We Didn’t.” In Broad Street’s debut issue, Robert Alter, the renowned scholar and translator of Hebrew literature (including several books of the Bible), presented nine new translations and an introduction explaining how he worked to sharpen...
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...
From Our Pages: "Prix Fixe--the table next to yours," by Thomas E. Kennedy.

From Our Pages: “Prix Fixe–the table next to yours,” by Thomas E. Kennedy.

Strangers share Christmas dinner in a Copenhagen restaurant. “You hope you don’t look too much like a lonely old guy … There are good astri over this night, and the ruby is the most powerful gem in the universe.”   Thomas E. Kennedy is an American expat who has lived in Copenhagen for more than thirty...