WEEK IN CIVILIZATION - No Uglies On a warm autumn day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy sat calmly beside his wife, Jackie, in the back of a limousine. Nellie Connally, the First Lady of Texas, turned back and smiled at John. “Mr. President,” she...
BROKEN SPOKE - With the image of New York and Boston before it, Providence is designing a bike share. Providence’s bike share will be a public-private partnership. In 2010, Alta Planning + Design—the same company that controls New York’s Citi Bikes—completed a feasibility study...
Neon Architecture - Pastel squares crumble beneath your feet. You poise your fingers, held equidistant from weapon schematics and a twitch key. Usually a reactive tap would save the hero from semi-deletion. But not on this yellowing cliff face. Not when 32 conspiring pixels...
Downtown: Feels Like Home? - Late in January, on a day that hit zero degrees with wind chill, I stomped my feet to keep warm outside of the Bank of America on Westminster Street. I was about to go on what I can only describe as...
Clipped Wings - Watching the Atlanta Hawks play is like watching chaos. On offense, no one stops moving. The court is a constant whirlwind of picks, cuts, and passes. Center Al Horford moves up to set a pick for point guard Jeff Teague, rolls...
Excerpts: Notes from Cairo - 12/23 Still on the plane. I wonder how much of Egypt will simply (or not so simply, I suppose) be the void left after my grandmother’s death—will I miss her more acutely once I pass by her apartment, now empty? There’s...
for Sally Ride - NASA engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 [tampons] the right number?” She would be in space for a week. –American Prospect, June 19, 2014 [Playtex] triumphed over the more politically connected, engineering-driven Hamilton-Standard to win the Apollo lunar space-suit contract…by drawing on...
From the Editors V.30 N.3 -   There once was a man named jove Who was clothed in nothing but mauve He carried a snake And swam in a lake And then he was full of love. —SB...
Pre-reflections on Go Set a Watchman - Stop the presses. Rocking the literary world, Harper Lee, celebrated novelist of To Kill a Mockingbird announced on Tuesday, that she is, at long last, publishing a sequel. The fiercely private and elusive author has hardly been heard from since performing...
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by Camera Ford
  Last week, a new study delivered confirmation of something that many of us had suspected for decades: the New York City subways are teeming with bacteria, viruses, and the DNA of unidentifiable organisms. In other words, humans (and the occasional giant rat) are not the only living creatures on that jam-packed morning commute. Typically when we hear the word “bacteria,”...
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by M & P
My mom got a cat now that I'm at college. I don't want her to be lonely, but I can't help but feel replaced (plus, I'm so allergic!). I want to love this cat—it's so cute—but I'm jealous of it and it makes me sneeze. What do I do?   M: So on a Tuesday evening when you were living at...
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by Layla Ehsan, Sara Khan & Pierie Korostoff
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by Lisa Borst
On January 9, National Public Radio launched a new podcast called Invisibilia. The show, hosted by public radio mainstays Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, almost immediately claimed the title of iTunes’ number one podcast, jostling past Serial for the top spot on what’s currently the only existing metric of podcast popularity. Invisibilia, according to NPR’s website, is about “the invisible forces...
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Emailing with Lydia Davis

by Mika Kligler
Lydia Davis lives in a converted schoolhouse in upstate New York. When I think of her, I think of her perched by a large window at an unfinished wooden table, bare of everything but a single sheet of lined paper, a carefully sharpened pencil, and a mug of Earl Grey or black coffee. She writes little stories: controlled, exacting, precise. Sometimes...
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Thoughts on the Past and Present of the What Cheer? City

by Eli Neuman-Hammond
“We are no longer the industrial city we used to be; but that’s alright. We have to build the New Providence, along with a new economy, a new identity, and a new purpose,” said Major Jorge Elorza as he was sworn in last month. Governor Gina Raimondo echoed his sentiments in her inaugural address, speaking of an imminent “Rhode Island comeback.”...
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by Paige Morris
The following article contains mentions of self-harm, depression, and suicide.   I’m sitting in the living room, picking at the polish on my toes. My dad sits on my left, my mom on my right. The TV flashes soundlessly in front of us. It’s one of my first days home for the summer after my sophomore year at Brown. We make...
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by Sara Winnick
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by WIlson Cusack
Every June, 1500 interns arrive in Mountain View, California to begin their highly coveted summer internships at Google. They represent approximately three percent of the more than 40,000 annual applicants (numbers from 2013). Each year, international consulting and brand marketing firm Universum surveys 50,000 students about their top work choices after graduation.  The survey is broken down by students’ field of...
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by Athena Washburn
Tom Wants the Violence of the Crowd in Himself The press of bodies is immense; Tom’s ears are stuffed with noise and skin and Frederick swarms towards him. “YOU’RE HERE—COME ON, LET’S GO!” he yells, soft as a whisper within the cram of noise. “I CAN’T—” Tom yells back but Frederick does not hear. His body tilts away and when Tom...
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by Mark Benz
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by Dash Elhauge & Dominique Pariso
Leave Your Troubles in the Snow A rosy-cheeked toddler breathes mist out from under a tightly pulled down cap. He wiggles back and forth in his car seat, struggling to gain momentum in his extremely puffy jacket. He kicks frantically at the seat in front of him. His sneakers light up. He stretches his shivering fingers in the direction of his...
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