INFECTIOUS - 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...
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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A Genocide by Any Other Name - 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...
Week in Puns - 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...
Magic, Magyck, Magick - “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...
Traversing Magazine Tear-Outs -     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....
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by PPMS
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: This is tough. A lot of these kinds of relationships seem to me to be built on the basis of...
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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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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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by Dash Elhauge
Two men folded their bodies in the wind. One of the men panned his red chin over the landscape. The flurries rose and the sun fell. At the edge of the white hills, where the snow sparkled, there was nothing.   One of the men turned and the other tilted his head. One of the men pivoted his buried heel and...
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by Sarah Weiss
Seller, blackcatjewelz, shouts: BEAUTIFUL RARE ANTIQUE OSTBY BARTON 10K STERLING ETCHED WHITE TOPAZ RING  SZ 7 on eBay, as if the Internet will be more enticed by the use of all caps. The stone is set into an intricate pattern of metal peaks and troths, BEAUTIFUL DETAIL, and the whole thing rests on a bed of blue velvet, which gives the...
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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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by Jamie Packs & Elias Bresnick
Whopper of a Wedding Wedding announcement photos are surely the pinnacle of elegance. Typically set in some idyllic pastoral scene, or perhaps against a timeless white background, the photos serve as a means to express a couples’ love to friends, family, exes. An Illinois couple, however, is changing things up with their recent decision to take their wedding announcement photo in...
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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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Technology, Agriculture, and the Computational Metaphor

by Lisa Borst
  We conceive of the Internet mostly through metaphors. Early imaginings of a globally distributed network of information likened the nascent web’s structure to that of a branching tree, its archival function to human memory. In 1945 engineer Vannevar Bush, who served as director of the US Office of Scientific Research and Development during the Manhattan Project, wrote in The Atlantic...
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