Vol. 40 Issue 10, May 01 2020
From the Editors
The SAM that began Volume 40 imagined themselves to be militant, strong, and unbreakable. Stalwart with the force of thirty years of history. An emergent state ready for any state of emergency.
Twelve weeks later, our world has changed. We have held fast to our military metaphors despite their inadequacy, moving all officer communications online, reducing our printing capacity to a tenth of normal production, and operating a subscription service out of our living rooms, each address carefully transcribed in morse code.
We desperately miss the physical spaces that we used to believe defined the Indy. We thought our paper was Conmag on Wednesday nights: DumDum wrappers and printer cords under harsh fluorescent lights, writers and editors hunched together over one laptop. Because we have known the Indy through physical closeness, negotiating new distances has felt especially difficult.
Yet we’ve learned that the Indy is also eight-hour Zoom calls, handwritten manila envelopes, and the intimacy of editing simultaneously on a Google doc. The weekly rhythms of the Indy will return; with new hands at the reins, new voices through the fog. For now, writing together has never felt more crucial, more sustaining, more necessary.
when we are apart, we are not alone
Vol. 40 Issue 10, May 01 2020
When We Are Apart We Are Not Alone
A conversation with Fred Moten and Stefano Harney
In the first issue of the semester, we published areflection on Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons, a book that …
What does it mean to be Asian and American in the United States?
As the number of coronavirus infections and deaths increases in the United States, so too do hate crimes against Asians in …
Advanced academics and the pipeline to Classical
An increasingly broad body of social science research demonstrates that educational tracking—the separation of students by evaluated academic ability—disproportionately disadvantages low-income …
Doomed by Design
Unnatural disasters, from Katrina to COVID
Picture the forest from our favorite philosophical thought experiment—if a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to …
From the Archive
Tensions simmering in the melting pot
I have photos that help me recall the day my Aunty and Uncle took me to the summit of Maunakea around …
Consider the Lobster (Again)
Climate change puts RI lobsters in hot water
Peter Brodeur was only a few miles away from his home on the Narrow River in Narragansett, a seaside community in …
The Urgency of Shame
A conversation with writer Garth Greenwell
Near the beginning of Garth Greenwell's first novel What Belongs To You, the narrator checks into a seedy hotel on the …
Should Poetry Be Everywhere?
In defense of the home, being just that and nothing else
There is perhaps no better time for mandatory solitude than right now. We have all become master pretenders, comfortably encased in …
Reading ancestors into being
I know my great-great-great-great grandmother’s handwriting well. The stroke of her t comes after the vertical without crossing, leading the eye …