Pushing Back Silence - “Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads?”...
A History of Violence - The Australian shark cull and the plight of apex predators “As long as Homo sapiens has been sapient... alpha predators have kept us acutely aware of our membership within the natural world. They’ve done it by reminding us that to them...
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yesterday, in the arm of the river, my skin asked to leave me. - ...
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Ghosts in the Machine -   How can a body connect with the Internet? Think of how each sense would conceive of the Internet. It’s harder than you would initially imagine. The Internet inevitably gets figured in terms of smoothness, integration, unfettered connectivity. Think of graphic representations of...
A Conversation with William Deresiewicz - Bill Deresiewicz can see your criticism from across the auditorium. What else would you expect from someone who leveled a pubic critique at some of America’s most lauded institutions in his New Republic essay, “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy...
Gaybors on Fire - On the morning of August 1, 2013, dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” across the state of Rhode Island. Since becoming the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage, RI has been inducted into a cadre of progressive and “tolerant” states in...
Pre-Reflection on the Scottish Independence -   I write this article on Tuesday, two days before 4.28 million Scottish people vote on whether they want their nation to be independent from the United Kingdom. My prediction: 79 percent Yes, with a 30 percent margin of error. As...
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by Lisa Borst, Sam Bresnick, Kyle Giddon & Tristan Rodman
    KILLING IN THE NAME OF To a culture accustomed to choosing its favorite restaurants by their Yelp reviews—crowd-sourced, grade-inflated, irredeemably unsophisticated and proletariat—the critical weight carried by France’s Michelin Guide might seem excessive. But a three-star Michelin rating can propel a chef to international notoriety and importance; a restaurant earning the Guide’s most prestigious rating is deemed, officially, as...
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by Sophie Kasakove
  Over the past three years, lifelong Providence resident Roline Burgison stood by and watched as her friends, family, and neighbors left the state. It’s not that these people wanted to go, Burgison is quick to explain, but that they had nowhere to stay. As housing costs and foreclosure rates skyrocketed in Providence in the wake of the 2008 recession, many...
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The high-definition debate in skateboard culture

by Eli Pitegoff
Holding your skateboard by the truck, known colloquially as “the mall grab,” might seem inconsequential to the layman, but it can serve as a salient cue of inauthenticity to those in the know. The popular narrative surrounding the mall grab: people who carry their board by the trucks, instead of by the wood of the tail, shop at corporate mall-chain skate...
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by layla ehsan, sara khan & pierie korostoff
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by Leah Steinberg
“You know I’ve actually been wanting to do this for a while,” my sister said, sitting in the passenger seat with her feet on the glove compartment. She wore small shorts and a headband to catch her little hairs. We had seen the mountain online in photos of our peers. The pictures were all about angles, using the natural slope of...
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by Sam Bresnick & Alex Sammon
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Boyhood and universalizing nostalgia

by Lisa Borst
  Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which finished its run at the Cable Car last week, is not afraid to date itself. The film, shot incrementally over the course of twelve years, chronicles the twenty-first century Texas childhood of a boy named Mason and his family. It is a portrait of both an individual and, peripherally, the first decade-and-change of the 2000s. The...
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an Interview with Yellow Peril Gallery Owners Robert Stack and Vanphouthon Souvannasane

by Erin Schwartz
                       To get to Yellow Peril Gallery, you take the ninety-two bus west, passing through downtown Providence and Federal Hill. Get off at the stop variably named Price Rite/Eagle Square/ Valley Street, soon after the bus enters Olneyville. Take a left and walk down Valley Street, past Donigian Park, and turn...
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Race, Money, and the NCAA

by Zeve Sanderson
The NCAA, a non-profit institution with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, is governed by a Board of Directors—eighteen college administrators and NCAA officials, seventeen of them white—who vote on rules that determine everything from recruiting guidelines to eligibility standards. Though not able to dole out profits to shareholders, the organization generates roughly a billion dollars in yearly revenue and pays its top...
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The racial politics of Rhode Island’s sex trade

by J.G.
Trigger warning for sexual violence   The building that stands at 385 South Main Street is a three-story brick structure: nondescript, its windows papered over from the inside. A weathered sign hangs over its awning: “OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE / UP TO 10,800 SQ. FT. AVAILABLE.” Located five minutes away from Brown University by foot, the building is situated on an...
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Gang Sentence Enhancement Legislation in Rhode Island

by Mika Kligler
  Picture Atwells Avenue. A few minutes shy of 5 AM. The surveillance camera shows a young man sporting a baseball cap and cutoff jeans, a skateboard tucked under one arm, casually tagging a wall. As he turns to leave, the camera catches this would-be hooligan’s mug in perfect detail. If he’s caught by the Providence Police Department, and this is...
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by Oliver Dewey
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