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BUSES INTO LAND SHARKS -   This is Rapid Transit They changed it last week, the 11 Broad St And the 99 in Pawtucket The opposite of a plaza, no convention, no center Not enough door for hospitality to enter The system is out of control...
A review of Dope - The frame freezes: a grey Gameboy rotates as it falls, dark red blood splattered across the square screen. Early on in the newly released 2015 film Dope, lead character Malcolm (Shameik Moore) speaks of the dangers of being a nerd in the under-resourced, mostly...
Week in Farewells - Jack Bruce is dead. Kurt Cobain is dead. Cream and Nirvana are gone while SUM41 is going strong. There is no justice in the world. But this is one power trio I simply can’t do without. Tristan Rodman, Alex Sammon, Kyle...
THE DEPARTMENT - On March 7, the Brown men’s basketball team concluded its 2014–15 season with a road loss to Harvard, the eventual Ivy League champions, sinking the Bears’ overall record to 13–18 and locking the team into a tie for last place in...
ASCII Me Another - On October 6, 1960, a committee from the American Standards Association (fittingly and mysteriously called the “X3” committee) drew up the standard set of characters that would define computer communication for years to come. At the end of their discussion (which...
ONE MORE SUCK AT YOUR LIFE - She can have she, like her birthday, sooth To sing swan song - Damo Suzuki, “Sing Swan Song” (songmeanings.com) vs. Shaking her shimmer like you buzz, They soothe to the sing swan song - Damo Suzuki, “Sing Swan Song” (lyricsmania. com) ...
OLD TIRED ETHICS - Early in April, undercover Providence police posted escort ads on the website Backpage.com, and arrested 22 respondents for soliciting sex at the hotels where they were waiting to meet the women they had contacted. “Operation Backpage” was carried out in hopes...
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Special Education in Providence and Beyond

by Sara Winnick
On Tuesday, April 14, the cafeteria monitors at The Grace School are Dylan and Jada. Anthony handles the library. The teacher giving the morning announcements tells the 86 students of Providence’s The Grace School to “Remember to BARK!” before handing the microphone to a student I assume is not Dylan, Jada, or Anthony. A tiny voice says: “The R in BARK...
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A Conversation with Junot Díaz

by Mika Kligler, with contributions from María Eugenia Pabón
On the phone, Junot Díaz speaks more slowly than I thought he would. His books talk fast—Yunior, the Dominican-American semi-autobiographical narrator who runs through all three of Díaz’s works (two short story collections and one Pulitzer-winning novel), has a fierce high-low machismo voice, and when he calls the Haitian dictator Papa Doc “P-diddy,” you’re right there with him. Díaz, who was...
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by Rick Salamé, Stef Hayes & Zeve Sanderson
The Indy is about to go on summer hiatus and when it returns to newsstands in September we will no longer be its Managing Editors. Over the past five months we editors have tried hard to give you a left-leaning newspaper with imagination. The paper has run pieces about homophobia in local pro-wrestling, about downtown surveillance, about rape culture, and about...
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Review of "End of the Tour"

by Eli Neuman-Hammond
I’m a person writing an article about a movie (The End of the Tour) about a person (David Lipsky) writing an article about a person (David Foster Wallace) who writes (most prominently Infinite Jest), but it’s probably a mistake to begin this article with that deadly pronoun (I), as it has really been quite problematic since Wallace’s suicide in 2008. Much of the ever-growing posthumous...
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by Rick Salamé, Kim Sarnoff, Eli Neuman-Hammond & Mika Kligler
I got tired of waiting, so I microwaved my bag of lentils and gave it to her. Did you hear, she asked, about the man who got trapped? I nodded and lifted another slab of snow. Why didn’t he call anyone for 19 days? I suppose, when you get to that age, you’ve been through a lot, and you don’t want,...
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A Conversation with James Hoff

by Jonah Max
Over the past decade, the New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff has distributed his work as paintings, LPs, cufflinks, used hard drives, and ringtones; he's inserted it into book covers and printed it onto slipmats. The speed with which this work spreads across platforms and genres often means that it escapes easy definition or hasty categorization—exercises that Hoff himself frequently seems...
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Traces of a Visionary

by Yousef Hilmy
1. For some, to see means to know. Our eyes isolate, violate, pay no regard to the problem of hallucination and illusion. Our eyes trick us into believing that the “real” is merely what we see on the surface, what we perceive immediately. Taha Husayn, the renowned Egyptian writer and intellectual, was not such a person. His life teaches us that...
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by Emma Phillips
Mashapaug Pond, even as the largest freshwater pool in Providence, is easy to miss. It’s tucked behind the grey concrete facades and garish storefronts of Ocean State Job Lot—a strip mall that lies on the Providence-Cranston border. The built environment of highway onramps and overpasses has cropped up around the natural one, rendering it invisible and inaccessible. The pond is nestled on land...
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by Emma Moore
    Archival Work Performed by: Emma Moore Location: the Picture Collection, RISD Fleet Library second floor, 4 November 2014. The Subject Index binder at the RISD Picture Collection ranges from Abacus to Zoo. Each listed item has a corresponding folder. Each folder is filled with mostly-laminated magazine pages. Items in each folder tangentially relate to the subject, and are chosen...
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An amateur dissection of taxidermy

by Jamie Packs
Prepare the form In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the protagonist pulls up
to an empty motel and has an unsettling dinner with its owner—the infamous Norman Bates—in his neighboring mansion, the parlor of which is covered wall-to-wall with stuffed animals. The beady eyes of his extensive taxidermy collection stare at us through the screen, and we are supposed to shudder. Taxidermy has become...
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