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Online Exclusive: “The Robo-Caller’s Lonesome Wife; or, Women Who Don’t Love Shoes *That* Much … Carrie Bradshaw, the Police Department, and a Telemarketing Scheme,” by Susann Cokal.

Online Exclusive: “The Robo-Caller’s Lonesome Wife; or, Women Who Don’t Love Shoes *That* Much … Carrie Bradshaw, the Police Department, and a Telemarketing Scheme,” by Susann Cokal.

“Well, I imagine the Robo-Caller thinking (and the campaign manager behind him), at least a shoe sale is safe. When they’re shopping for shoes, they aren’t off fomenting dissent and organizing the masses. Let the girls have their shoes … and then give money to the police…. No force is more responsible for this image of women...
Online Exclusive: “My Good Name,” by Christine Gelineau: Ego surfing turns up an evil double.

Online Exclusive: “My Good Name,” by Christine Gelineau: Ego surfing turns up an evil double.

Have you ever Googled your own name just to see what comes up? Of course you have — haven’t we all? It’s called “ego surfing,” but isn’t it also prudent to see what your online self is up to? My name is unusual enough that typically the sites that come up actually do refer to me, or...
Share This Poem: "Archeology," by Jill Dery.

Share This Poem: “Archeology,” by Jill Dery.

“Late at night we’d waken— someone hooting, scotch glass clinking, hi fi needle at the end and rasping.”   Welcome to a cocktail party hosted by poet Jill Dery’s parents, circa 1960. You can print out the broadside here–or scroll down to see the poem in plain format. May the spirit of Sinatra smile upon...
"My Life in Pantyhose," from Writers on the Job, by Susann Cokal.

“My Life in Pantyhose,” from Writers on the Job, by Susann Cokal.

  “I used to counsel young women never to do two things, or not to do them in conjunction: 1. learn to type; 2. buy pantyhose.” Could we talk to you about pantyhose? Or rather — could our editorial director, Susann Cokal, talk about them? Below, you’ll find the link to an essay about their storied past, their...
From Our Pages: "'It Cannot Be Conceived': American idealists in two Chinese revolutions, Cultural and capitalist." By Julie Anderson.

From Our Pages: “‘It Cannot Be Conceived’: American idealists in two Chinese revolutions, Cultural and capitalist.” By Julie Anderson.

As the U.S.’s 45th president prepares to visit China, we at BROAD STREET present a feature from our “Maps & Legends” issue–all about American idealists in China and what they found there. Culture, Communism, capitalism, espionage … Julie Anderson, who lived in Beijing in the early 1990s, untangles Sino-American relations in Pushcart-nominated essay from our “Maps...