Method - Acid belly, bone throat  Ladies and gentlemen may I have your attention please. Welcome to our skin chill theater, to our hands shake show. Please, no neckback zing photography or recording of any quake knee kind. And finally, a reminder they’re...
I'm Going Home - We have gathered together to sing about death. The sun shines through the windows of the Providence Friends Meetinghouse, brightening the spare and spacious room. Four sections of pews face inward, forming a square: about a hundred people sit in the...
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The Weird Translator That Everyone Is - Paul Legault is an interstitial poet. He marries a classic lyric sensibility with class-clownery. Sometimes he speaks with the dead, cracking jokes about the living. He is, simply put, between: between the poetic forms of yesteryear and the digital experiments of...
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Cookie's Junk Shop - On the side of Route 3 in Exeter, RI is a low building painted tongue pink with white trim. A sign reading “Cookie’s” hangs over the door. Windchimes clink absently in the entry room, which is filled with junk. Through a...
The New Pulpit - The following is a brief window into a day of genesis: the virtual origin of a Facebook prophet. Posting as many as 2,000 words a day for the last two years, his status updates are, as he puts it, “relentless.” His...
Video Games - Up, up, and away Nestled high up in the rafters of every NBA stadium, six cameras are slowly transforming basketball. In 2005, the Israeli company SportVU converted its missile technology into a soccer player tracking system. STATS, a sports analytics company,...
Mutiny in Providence - It’s hard to foment revolution when you’re getting overthrown by your own comrades. Over the past few months, Providence’s revolutionary socialists have faced multiple charges of insubordination from their own organization. On February 17, the International Socialist Organization (ISO) expelled the...
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by Kat Thornton
I sat in the cafeteria at 444 Westminster Street—the meeting space for the Providence Department of Planning and Development—and listened intently. Yet I couldn’t help but let my mind glaze over a little bit. Through the tedious presentations on overlay districts, parking requirements, R2, W2, 1A, and the like, I found myself thinking: this stuff does not apply to me as...
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by Houston Davidson
H.D. Davidman  is running for public office with the hope of defeating D.H. Benjamin of the incumbent party, FTRPRTY (not an acronym—pronounced with the elided vowels “Future Party”).  FTPRTY is a breakaway party founded by a group of wealthy Silicon Valley investors and CEOs who, having “changed the world” with their technological innovations, have now turned their sights to “changing Washington.”...
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by David Adler & Sam Rosen
CLIPPED It’s the 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls this week, and people are making a big deal about it. There are screenings on college campuses and retrospectives from major magazines. It seems weird, this level of fanfare over a movie that’s very good but no better. But a quick mental run through the movie’s highlights explains it all. The phone scene,...
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monkey testing at Brown

by Will Fesperman
Around 38 monkeys live in research laboratories at Brown University. It is difficult to know for certain how many—the researchers won’t say. Thirty-eight is simply the latest available number, listed in a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report from 2013. This number changes throughout the year when University researchers buy new monkeys or kill existing ones.      There is so...
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by Layla Ehsan, Sara Khan & Pierie Korostoff
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the Red Bastard and bouffon clowning

by Vera Carothers
At first, we see only his wagging tongue, set in a chalk white face with red-rimmed eyes. Playing striptease with wicked glee, he coyly reveals glimpses of his grotesque body to the audience. Finally, with a revolting smile, bouffon performer Red Bastard pulls back the curtain, releasing his full, bulging sack of red flesh onto stage.      Red Bastard is the...
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by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Their last morning in the old man’s house, Alice woke and found George out of bed. She rose to her elbows and saw him through the window, leaning on the porch railing, a cigarette in one hand. No possibility of returning to sleep now but she spun in circles of breath, her own breadth and the breadth of babies suckling congealed...
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the creative practices of tech’s next generation

by Patrick McMenamin
In his newest film, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone, Mike Mills interviews the eight to twelve-year-old kids of Silicon Valley employees. Some of the children give endearing visions of extreme connectivity and robot friendships. Others identify some of the more troubling implications of technology for the world they will inhabit as adults: Amy, age 10, believes...
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a guided meditation

by Matthew Marsico & Molly Landis
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the other side of free agency

by Jake Coonin
In September 1992, eight football players filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League. They publicly called into question the power that franchises had at that time to prohibit players from leaving their employers to seek opportunities with other teams. Their landmark victory gave rise to the first true unrestricted free agents in League history.      After the Denver Broncos’...
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emails from the future!

by Rick Salamé
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political satire in the Middle East

by Katherine Long
Comedian Bassem Youssef has often been called “Egypt’s Jon Stewart.” Youssef’s El Bernameg (literally, “The Show”), broadcast online and on Egyptian station MBC Masr, “is a copy of the Jon Stewart Daily Show,” Dan Rather noted in an interview with Stewart. “You know that [Youssef] considers you his role model?” “Yeah, yeah. That’s all pish-posh,” Stewart replied, blushing.      In April...
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