Posts tagged "essay"
Corniche

Corniche

Sea and city: Beirut 2004. By Amira Pierce. In a city with few public parks, the Corniche Beirut is a perfect gathering place, a seaside promenade open to everyone. It’s where big luxury hotels meet everyday Lebanese, on broad walkways and dark rocks along the lapping Mediterranean. Today, as the sun sinks toward the water,...
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...
T Clutch Fleischmann asks: But Is It An Essay?

T Clutch Fleischmann asks: But Is It An Essay?

The past few months we’ve been following T Clutch Fleischmann’s blog over at The Kenyon Review, where, in a series of posts titled “But is it an essay?”, Fleischmann has assembled a collection of genre-bending or otherwise esoteric texts: Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” performance, staged at the Museum of Modern Art, in which...
Revisiting Don Belton's "Voodoo for Charles"

Revisiting Don Belton’s “Voodoo for Charles”

This week we’ve been remembering the late writer Don Belton, in particular his essay “Voodoo for Charles,” a touching account of one uncle’s fears and muted hopes for his nephew in the face of overwhelming odds. Taken from a 1995 anthology edited by Belton, Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream, “Voodoo for Charles” tells the story of...
Ander Monson's "I Have Been Thinking About Snow"

Ander Monson’s “I Have Been Thinking About Snow”

With the arrival of colder weather, we here at Broad Street have been thinking about winter, and by extension, Ander Monson’s delicate lyric essay “I Have Been Thinking About Snow,” from his collection Neck Deep and Other Predicaments, the 2007 winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. The form of Monson’s essay is defined by a preponderance of ellipsis, criss-crossing...