Writing
Paisley Rekdal Reflects on Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

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...
Deborah Jiang-Stein on Her Mother's Prison Addiction

Deborah Jiang-Stein on Her Mother’s Prison Addiction

Prison Baby author and advocate Deborah Jiang-Stein recently discovered something startling about her birth mother’s imprisonment and heroin addiction. Read more in this special feature, exclusively for Broad Street Online.          
Getting Over Writer's Block

Getting Over Writer’s Block

by Carla Dominguez  All writers have likely experienced this dreaded feeling: You’re reaching deep down into the creativity file of your brain, but you can’t find anything. This feeling doesn’t have an expiration date, and sometimes the days of not being able to write never ends. There is a lot of discourse in the world...
John Jeremiah Sullivan Explores the World of Massage

John Jeremiah Sullivan Explores the World of Massage

  For this weekend’s read, we’re in a throwback mood and recommending John Jeremiah Sullivan’s 2012 piece for the New York Times Magazine, “My Multiday Massage-a-thon.” In the piece, Sullivan, the author of the 2011 essay collection Pulphead and contributor to publications such as The Paris Review and GQ, first declares himself something of a massage...
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...