Posts tagged "childhood"
Online Exclusive: “School of Hope and Glory: Britain’s Imperial Mission and How One Public-School Lad Failed It.” By David H. Mould.

Online Exclusive: “School of Hope and Glory: Britain’s Imperial Mission and How One Public-School Lad Failed It.” By David H. Mould.

“At Caterham, the main instrument of social control was fear…” BROAD STREET takes a peek into 1960s public-school life, British style, courtesy of David H. Mould and an earworm of “Pomp and Circumstance.”  So-called public schools were incubators for bullies, and they were supposed to teach boys how to become men. This Online Exclusive is lavishly illustrated...
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...
Breaking news: On the *Notable* Bea Chang and the river her father promised.

Breaking news: On the *Notable* Bea Chang and the river her father promised.

“They were river boys, he likes to say, and they grew up into mountain men. In college, they sneaked past anti-Communist guardposts by the pale gray of dawn to backpack into the mountain range that stretches down the heart of Taiwan.”   We’re pleased to see that Bea Chang’s “The River My Father Promised” has...
Weekend Reading:  "Dancing in Their Heads," on The Nutcracker and the production of girlhood

Weekend Reading: “Dancing in Their Heads,” on The Nutcracker and the production of girlhood

  By Greg Weatherford. * Most of the ballerinas are girls between the ages of ten and thirteen. These are, to put it gently, not easy years to be a girl. They’re growing, or not, they’re getting gangly or getting bulky, they’re getting figures, or not. They’re on the cusp of everything. So life lessons can come...