Vol. 37 Issue 8, Nov 16 2018
From the Editors
Although we’ve had our differences, I’ve come to appreciate the spells of nostalgia induced by the changing of seasons. A Los Angeleno who grew up in a constant and somewhat naive 75 degrees, Providence unfailingly reminds me of the passage of time as fall transitions to winter each year.
However, I’ve learned the past is never really past and collapsing temporality can be felt in the body. Time lingers around location, and a college campus feels especially heavy with it.
I am 21 years of existence walking down Brook Street with a pair of headphones on. A prism of self refracted into a spectrum of color: me at 15 strangely attached to the Virgin Suicides soundtrack playing now, me at 17 with long hair and bright eyes, me at 19 with no hair and tired eyes. Even unborn and future selves join the parade, equally as confused as to what I’m doing here.
DPS stops me, indicating that the the sidewalk is closed for construction. Take your rainbow across the street.– MV
Vol. 37 Issue 8, Nov 16 2018
Building my Ofrenda
Embodying ancestral knowledge in a scientific dystopia
Though Día de los Muertos is now over, I often think about the ofrendas, or altars, that my mom sets up …
Through the Wire
Competing visions for a carbon-free electricity grid
This article is the first installment of a month-long series,“Through the Muck,” tackling climate change in Rhode Island. Everyone in Rhode …
Worrisome real estate trends and the fate of Providence's abandoned properties
The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2007 sent Rhode Island’s home prices plummeting and forced thousands of families from …
I came around to Angela Merkel. Now she´s on her way out.
Germany’s historically early exit from the World Cup this year wasn’t the summer’s only national tragedy. Almost immediately following the Nationalelf’s …
Providence navigates urban development
Last week the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council voted favorably on a bill that would increase the building height …
From the Archive
Gross National Cool
Objects I found in Tokyo
While researching my trip to Japan, I was surprised to find that “Gross National Cool” was an actual governmental concern. A …
A Black Mirror
Cognitive bias in machine learning
“These systems are simply mirrors for a biased society,” says Dr. Jerry Kaplan, a professor at Stanford University, speaking about deep …
Using and watching Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Being a foodie is most definitely entwined in my DNA. My mother famously recalls only eating noodles for about two months …
Harmony in Red I cut my foot at the museum, Walked around afraid Trailing blood I looked at the wall between …
OnceChildhood Dismissing worries quickly—like a professional palm reader, you never and always talk to me about bees, their outlines wasted on …