INFECTIOUS - 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...
Taha Husayn - 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...
A POND AND THE PEOPLE - 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...
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Stuffed to the Gills - 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...
Advice - What do I do if I met some people over spring break who I am in love with and will probably never see again? Do I try to stay in touch, or simply the enjoy the ephemerality of our relationships? P:...
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The Armenian Genocide 100 Years On

by Dominique Pariso
Kim Kardashian’s Instagram has long been lauded as the master class in selfie taking. Scrolling through the feed, you see a montage of close-ups and wider shots: of the perfectly tousled hair and contoured cheekbones that we all desire, and of the aestheticized, perfect lives that have become the chief aspiration of contemporary life. And yet, each year, Kardashian takes the...
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Bodybuilding and the Muscular Dead-End

by Stephanie Hayes
“This is unacceptable,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, placing emphasis on all the wrong syllables. “We don’t want to see the biggest guy out there, we want to see the most beautiful man, the most athletic man out there on stage.” At this year’s Arnold Classic—an annual ‘sporting’ festival that includes a bodybuilding portion—the competition’s namesake took to the stage to express his...
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by Dash Elhauge, Malcolm Drenttel, Maya Sorabjee & Zeve Sanderson
Asset Management Fee Structure for Municipal Pensions “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see,” Muhammad Ali rhymed in one of the most famous shit talks in sports history. Really, talk doesn’t get much shittier than that. It’s not just that Liston won’t win the bout, it’s that he can’t, cause he’s...
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by Anne Fosburg, Mika Kligler, Sam Samore
“Bring a small, empty tin-can and a pencil to beat it with,” read the flyer. “It will make an ominous and interesting sound. During the demonstration we will attempt to raise (by Magyck) the Rampart Police Station several feet above the ground and hopefully cause it to disappear for two hours.” It’s March of 1970, in Los Angeles; the recent police...
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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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A Conversation with Amy Goodman

by Sam Samore
Amy Goodman is perhaps better at asking questions than anyone else in the media. Goodman is founder and primary host of Democracy Now!, an independent daily news hour broadcast on over 1,200 radio and television channels, as well as online. She once drove then-President Clinton to an angry outburst after a round of intense questioning during a call Clinton made to...
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A Short Timeline of Controversial Art

by Max Genecov, Joshua Kurtz, Eli Pitegoff, Erin Prinz-Schwartz, Maya Sorabjee
To simply be offensive in one’s artistic practice is to engage in a hollow act of provocation. It is to be, for lack of a better term, uninteresting. To simply cause a stir will not suffice. Utilitarian ends alone, such as provoking important conversations about, let’s say, appropriation or aestheticization or systematic racism, do not simply redress the ethically fraught act...
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by Madeleine Matsui
After a slew of new appointments to the Providence School Board (PSB) by newly elected Mayor Jorge Elorza, the expansion of charter schools in Rhode Island has proven to be as controversial here as anywhere else in the country. Despite a projected budget shortfall for the city, for the first time in five years the PSB is pressing the mayor’s office...
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The Work and Life of Elizabeth Fulda

by Eliza Dexter Cohen
Photo is reproduced courtesy of AMNH Special Collections The American Museum of Natural History keeps detailed records. The museum, founded in 1869, was an early pioneer in bureaucratic management, and their paper trail is extensive. The archived documents include pieces of scrap paper with meeting times, telegrams confirming mail deliveries, and birthday party invitations between curators. The museum took meticulous photographs...
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by Layla Ehsan, Sara Khan & Pierie Korostoff
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by Sara Winnick
    One May I spent three weeks sitting in an armchair in my family room. I looked through a wall of slide-open glass windows onto a backyard full of green. The grass was green and the oak trees were green and the sky was white-blue without clouds. The forsythia were yellow. The immobilizer was gray. It wrapped twice around my...
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