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Refrigerators in the Future

Literary, May 19 2020

by Catherine Habgood & Tara Sharma

The house is ours for one month, the insides cluttered with wind meters and amphibian figurines.We eat the breakfast at the …

Week in Ghosts

News, May 01 2020

by Alisa Caira

Nowis agood time for ghost stories. One might pass quarantined-induced time digging out old, spooky books from the attic​ ​or recounting …

Music, Mischief, and Blisters

Wedding season commences in Sudan

Features, May 01 2020

by Muram Ibrahim

Drumbeats loud enough to ripple through the Nile, caterers pressed to make over 200meals, children running around, ruining their fancy dresses …

The Urgency of Shame

A conversation with writer Garth Greenwell

Arts, May 01 2020

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Evan Lincoln

Near the beginning of Garth Greenwell's first novel What Belongs To You, the narrator checks into a seedy hotel on the …

The EXTRA! Files

Features, May 01 2020

by Alana Baer, Ben Bienstock, Sarah Goldman, Tara Sharma, Ivy Scott, Wen Zhuang, Kion You, Leslie Benavides & Ella Spungen

Volume 40 of the College Hill Independent marks, strangely enough, our 30th anniversary. Thirty years of Metro reporting, 600 Weeks Reviewed, …

Should Poetry Be Everywhere?

In defense of the home, being just that and nothing else

Features, May 01 2020

by Wen Zhuang

There is perhaps no better time for mandatory solitude than right now. We have all become master pretenders, comfortably encased in …

On Huikau

Tensions simmering in the melting pot

Features, May 01 2020

by Jacob Alabab-Moser

I have photos that help me recall the day my Aunty and Uncle took me to the summit of Maunakea around …

On Track?

Advanced academics and the pipeline to Classical

Metro, May 01 2020

by Mara Cavallaro

An increasingly broad body of social science research demonstrates that educational tracking—the separation of students by evaluated academic ability—disproportionately disadvantages low-income …

Doomed by Design

Unnatural disasters, from Katrina to COVID

Science & Technology, May 01 2020

by Maya Glicksman

Picture the forest from our favorite philosophical thought experiment—if a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to …

American-ness, Ever-elusive

What does it mean to be Asian and American in the United States?

News, May 01 2020

by Karlos Bautista

As the number of coronavirus infections and deaths increases in the United States, so too do hate crimes against Asians in …

When We Are Apart We Are Not Alone

A conversation with Fred Moten and Stefano Harney

Features, May 01 2020

by Zach Ngin, Sara Van Horn & Alex Westfall

In the first issue of the semester, we published areflection on Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons, a book that …

Consider the Lobster (Again)

Climate change puts RI lobsters in hot water

Metro, May 01 2020

by Peder Schaefer

Peter Brodeur was only a few miles away from his home on the Narrow River in Narragansett, a seaside community in …

Providence

X, May 01 2020

by Eve O'Shea

Bridging the Gulf

MoMA PS1 and the Art of War

Arts, Apr 24 2020

by Lucy Duda

MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary outpost in Queens, occupies an outwardly unassuming space in a converted school building. …

Fire From Ashes

A conversation with sound maker Nicolás Jaar

Science & Technology, Apr 24 2020

by Alex Westfall

Collage by Alex Westfall /Photo courtesy of Nico Jaar with drawings by Somnath Bhatt A twinkling piano riff grows louder as …

Get it in Writing

Maximalist Journaling in Crisis and Calmness

Features, Apr 24 2020

by Amelia Anthony

cw: abuse, gaslighting If someone you are about to date for a long time mentions that they have previously read their …

O, It’s Manifold

Poems and Flash Fiction

Literary, Apr 24 2020

by Natalie Zummer

O, It’s Manifold I. They embalmed all the women in one Museum. Critics write, What a surfeit Of hidden beauty! Competence …

The EFF and the Anticolonial Struggle

What can students learn from South Africa's fastest-growing political movement?

News, Apr 24 2020

by Iryumugaba Biko

It has been nearly three decades since Black people in South Africa emerged victorious from the bitter struggle against apartheid through …

Week in State Feuds

News, Apr 24 2020

by Leela Berman

States whose biggest beef with each other typically involves passing a pigskin have gone one step further during this global pandemic …

Lost in Translation

Providence public schools, multilingual pedagogy, and the coronavirus crisis

Metro, Apr 24 2020

by Leela Berman

ENTERING: The language of achievement and deficit Two comprehensive reports researching the conditions in the Providence Public School District (PPSD) came …

The In-Between Times

Literary, Apr 23 2020

by Miranda Luiz

My mother used to tell me that we feel the blues because we’re Jews. We connect to the sound of suffering. …

Gold, Alone

On finding beauty in moments of solitude

Features, Apr 23 2020

by Marie Lachance

I took a photo of the crown before I knew what it meant. It looked like a flimsy grade-school art project, …

Farm to Quarantine

News, Apr 17 2020

by Gemma Sack

I landed in Spain on March 3, the same day health officials reported the country’s first death from the coronavirus. At …

From Italy to New York

News, Apr 17 2020

by Victoria Caruso

The first six weeks I spent in Bologna were nothing short of a dream: I was studying abroad in the culinary …

The Breakers

Literary, Apr 17 2020

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

A proscenium play: Newport, Rhode Island. The set has lots of neo-baroque curlicues. Also metal pipes and gears, perhaps serving specific …

Sitting Places

An incomplete list of seats

Features, Apr 17 2020

by Maddie Mahoney

DINING CHAIR Do you ever sit in someone else’s kitchen while they cook for you? You drink half a glass of …

Cities in Nonexistent Spaces

Notes on a virtual performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Lunar Opera

Arts, Apr 17 2020

by Seamus Flynn

I was late for the soundcheck. Fifteen minutes after the hour, I was still seeking the perfect position for my computer …

Amazon Strikes

Warehouse Workers in Staten Island Inspire Walkouts Across the Country

Science & Technology, Apr 17 2020

by Bilal Memon

It is often said that in times of crisis, people and nations show their true colors. Blurry lines sharpen as the …

Week in Shared Enemies

News, Apr 17 2020

by Alan Dean

Of the many common turns of phrase flipped upside down by the current global pandemic, few have become as utterly meaningless …

Week in Necessities

News, Apr 10 2020

by Alana Baer & Kaela Hines

RED SCARE IN A RED STATE Last week, with 112 votes in favor, none against, and one abstention, the Scottish Parliament …

Looking for Love in the Pleasurebot Years

Literary, Apr 10 2020

by Jaime Serrato Marks

creation story [2020-2024] VC flicked through four dating apps every night looking for someone to hold. He promised, in his bio …

Caged Lives

Revisiting Tehching Hsieh’s Cage Piece During Self-Quarantine

Arts, Apr 10 2020

by Chong Jing Gan

On September 30, 1978, a man walks alone into a cage in a small studio in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. …

Documenting-in-Place

Dorothy Wordsworth, ruin-porn, and a call for sensory ethnography

Science & Technology, Apr 10 2020

by Tara Sharma

Between May of 1800 and January of 1803, while living in a cottage in England’s northwest Lake District, Dorothy Wordsworth diligently …

Week in Wiping vs Washing

News, Apr 10 2020

by Gemma Sack

OUR ANUSES, OURSELVES In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks, Americans have begun to …

White Terror

Notes on Race and the Politics of Fear in America

Features, Apr 09 2020

by Osayuwamen “Uwa” Ede-Osifo

content warning: anti-Black violence, police violence +++ I, without a thought of conquest, find myself among a people whose culture controls …

Holding Space for Uncertainty

A Conversation with Writer Maggie Nelson

Features, Apr 09 2020

by Mia Pattillo & Mara Dolan

These are certainly peculiar times. Many of us are spending more hours of the day with ourselves than ever before. We …

Shelter from the Storm

Gov. Raimondo needs to open up hotels, dorms to people experiencing homelessness

Metro, Apr 09 2020

by Peder Schaefer

The front-page headline of the Providence Journal on April 4 proclaimed, in bold type: Raimondo: Stay home, or ‘more people will …

In the Mood for Love

Literary, Mar 27 2020

by Emily Yang

He saw the first one when he caught its corner behind a dust-bound volume of textbooks. A wrinkled page torn from …

Civic Duty Calls

Contested Civic Education in Providence

Metro, Mar 27 2020

by Marina Hunt

Standing in front of a poster board she had prepared for the Providence Community Day at Asa Messer Elementary, Chloe Feit, …

Week in Worship

News, Mar 27 2020

by Amelia Anthony & Alisa Caira

SOYlent Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. This time mimics the same long 40 days in which Jesus …

March Madness

Body, Mar 27 2020

by The Indy Staff

​ …

Buying, Selling, Being

Gen-Z Self- Advertisement on Tiktok and Depop

Science & Technology, Mar 27 2020

by Anabelle Johnston

Scrolling through TikTok is not unlike dissolving into a loop of repeating soundbites and punchlines as the definition between each video …

It's Personal

The Low-Tech Future of the Future of Learning

News, Mar 27 2020

by Asher Lehrer-Small

At Springfield High School in Southern Vermont, the entryway stairs not only lead students inside the school building—they serve as a …

Success Stories

Succession and the soap-satire

Arts, Mar 27 2020

by Cate Turner

Last October, then-presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “struggling” to get into a buzzy HBO show …

Criminalizing Peaceful Protest

Anti-ICE Activist Sentenced to 30 Days in Bristol County Jail

News, Mar 23 2020

by Sara Van Horn

photograph by Steve Ahlquist content warning: police violence In New Bedford District Court on Monday, activist Sherrie Andre was found guilty …

A Panoptic Education

How Public Schools Teach Us to Watch Ourselves

News, Mar 13 2020

by Adrian Oteiza

What does it mean to fix the very system of public education in America? As engineer W. Edwards Deming said of …

Chalked Up

Introducing an Indy series on public education in RI

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Deborah Marini, Ricardo Gomez & Miles Guggenheim

In 1993, the Public Education Fund—a nonprofit organization composed of Providence business leaders, educators, and citizens concerned about local schools—sponsored a …

"I Let The Establishment Into My Home"

a modern sob story

Ephemera, Mar 13 2020

by Sindura Sriram

I live in the little blue house on Kim Street with my mommy, my dad, and our small feline overlord. His …

KAINAN SA DUWAR

Finding Home at a Filipino Restaurant in Amman

Features, Mar 13 2020

by Olivia Mayeda

Across the traffic circle, through screens of dust and exhaust, I could see that the long line of sandy buildings met …

School District Déja Vu

Two Education Reports, Two Decades Apart

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Alicia Mies

This is the first installment in the Chalked Up Metro series The year was 1993. The Providence River was still covered …

love poem melting + Other Poems

Literary, Mar 13 2020

by Stella Binion

love poem melting in the swell of the moving shifting bits of I can’t hear anything but the wind running against …

Flesh Without Blood

Grimes, Digital Embodiment, and the Distinction Between Live and Recorded Performance

Science & Technology, Mar 13 2020

by Andy Rickert

​ Grimes delivered her performance at The Game Awards in traditional cyberpunk fashion. Hunched over a bulky computer terminal while lasers …

Haunted Paintings

The Female Ghost in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Arts, Mar 13 2020

by CJ Gan

​ The vocabulary of film discourse contains a rather reductive palette of praise, one critics love to slather on every striking …

Politics is a Feeling

A conversation with writer Jenny Zhang

Features, Mar 13 2020

by Alex Westfall

There are mistakes in Jenny Zhang’s titles. The name of her 2012 poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, misspells …

Tropical Burn

X, Mar 07 2020

by Corinne Ang

Healing Through Theater

How a Trinity Rep actor helped Sheila Bentley tell her version of PVD history

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Clara Gutman Argemí

For Rebecca Gibel, the actor who played Sheila Bentley in Trinity Repertory's fall 2019 production of The Prince of Providence, the …

Muddy Matiello

A look at the RI Speaker of the House’s Abuses of Power

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Osayuwamen "Uwa" Ede-Osifo

Speaker of the House Nicolas Mattiello, arguably one of the most powerful figures in Rhode Island politics, has been shrouded in …

God, Death, and the Florida Keys

Joy Williams’s Literature of the Guidebook

Arts, Mar 07 2020

by Jango McCormick

Random House was doing this series—Virginia, the Hamptons, the Keys. The Keys were still kind of strange and unspoiled in the …

A Love Letter to Spontaneity

Features, Mar 07 2020

by Nell Salzman

My friend is a chronic soul-searcher. His favorite pastime is to sift through the empty shells of people around him, trying …

Cabbage: A Cultural History

Features, Mar 07 2020

by Alex Alverson

“Cabbage guy,” or the cabbage merchant, is one of the most iconic characters in Avatar the Last Airbender, an animated TV …

Form Follows Function

How face masks as a fashion trend points to inescapable peril

Science & Technology, Mar 06 2020

by Mia Pattillo & Nick Roblee-Strauss

Overshadowed by her own sweep of the Grammys, Billie Eilish walked the red carpet this past January with the lower third …

Week in Animal Magnetism

News, Mar 06 2020

by Hannah Gelman & Ricardo Gomez

MUST PAY TO PAW-TY On February 16, crowds of eager New Orleanians gathered in the French Quarter to watch the 28th …

Tuning Out Reality

A Farewell to The Real Housewives

Features, Mar 03 2020

by Cecelia Barron

I was 10 when I witnessed a physical fight for the first time. It occurred at a country club. Upset by …

Unmasking Artistry

Inspecting the King of Mask Singer under the American Gaze

Arts, Mar 03 2020

by Anabelle Johnston

I have spent many afternoons with my grandfather watching K-dramas I cannot understand, appreciating the joy he derives from listening to …

Keeping an Open Mind

A glimpse at the fight to decriminalize psychedelics

News, Mar 03 2020

by Will Allstetter

For most, magic mushrooms carry connotations of hippies, music festivals, and perhaps a previous roommate. But, in recent years, there has …

3 Stories

Literary, Mar 03 2020

by Nicolaia Rips

Candles, Please “Exhale.” The crowd—upwards of forty years old and clad in a variety of branded spandex—sighs. “Tighten your left buttock.” …

Race for Ward 1

The Independent's guide to the candidates

News, Mar 03 2020

by Peder Schaefer

Blue, yellow, and white campaign signs mark homes and businesses up and down Wickenden Street in the Fox Point Neighborhood of …

Cavell’s Horse, Derrida’s Cat, and Other People

The challenge and reward of interspecies negotiations

Features, Mar 03 2020

by Irina V. Wang

My first galvanizing career goal was to become an Olympic equestrian, which was not unusual among my prepubescent peer group. It …

Detention, Incarceration, Deportation

The Wyatt Detention Center and the national prison-industrial complex

Metro, Mar 03 2020

by Leela Berman

PLACING THE WYATT IN CENTRAL FALLS The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is located across from a park. A wide expanse …

Week in Bureaucracy

News, Mar 03 2020

by Alex Valenti & Ben Bienstock

Antiques Rhode Show From lawmakers’ struggles to understand Facebook during Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings to Rudy Giuliani’s horizontally inserted AirPods, we …

Divine Narration

The ethics and ethos of modern astrology

Features, Feb 15 2020

by Anabelle Johnston

By no fault but my own, I have retained very little from my sixth-grade science class. Even so, I vaguely remember …

On the Almost Liberating Possibilities of Moshing

A Personal Politics of Mosh Pits

Features, Feb 15 2020

by Jaime Serrato Marks

I was first introduced to moshing by the massive bruise on my coworker Dannyboi’s cheek. Dannyboi shuffled into the ice cream …

Building Movements, Building Power

An interview with political activist Linda Sarsour

News, Feb 15 2020

by Zach Ngin & Sara Van Horn

Linda Sarsour is unequivocal. Whether addressing a crowd at a Bernie rally or explaining the salient points of Kingian nonviolence in …

Spectacle of Insignificance

Arts, Feb 15 2020

by Wen Zhuang

I work at the Harvard Film Archive twice a week, but calling it work would be unfair. It’s about 10% administrative …

Week in Being Sweet

News, Feb 15 2020

by Amelia Anthony & Ella Rosenblatt

THREE LIVES SAVED, NO SECOND DATE? Valentine’s Day creeps closer and you’re still waiting for your Datamatch results. So you swipe. …

From the Editors

FTE, Feb 14 2020

by SAM

We’re gonna be honest. There’s a lot of stuff going on this week. 1917 has 10 Oscar nominations. You’re holding issue …

Two Rallies

News, Feb 14 2020

by Anchita Dasgupta & Peder Schaefer

University students organize against the rise of fascism in India As New Delhi witnessed Brazilian dictator Jair Bolsonaro, Chief Guest of …

This Land, This Land, This Land

Exhibiting visual narratives of Narragansett indigeneity and settler violence in the house Colonial Providence built.

Arts, Feb 14 2020

by Isabel Guarnieri

As a small crowd of us huddle on the cold stone staircase, Lynsea Montanari—a Narragansett visual artist—opens the night with a …

Rabbits

Literary, Feb 14 2020

by Zachary Baytosh

Alexa could not remember when she began to allow the rabbits to sleep with her, in their bed, when Rob was …

Nước is Water

Features, Feb 14 2020

by Agnes Cẩm Ngọc Trần

Nước is water. Nước is country. The streams and seas of nước that my parents crossed in 1979 to reach a …

Molehills Out of Mountains

A close look at Governor Raimondo's 2021 Budget Proposal

Metro, Feb 14 2020

by Deb Marini & Ricardo Gomez

Reading budgets is like eating broccoli stems: miserable! Gina Governor Raimondo’s annual budget proposal, released this past January, is a multivolume …

Flights of Fantasy

On Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s Undercommons

Features, Feb 14 2020

by Zach Ngin

I’m trying to remember where I was when I first read The Undercommons. I don’t remember where I started it, but …

Week in Keeping Busy

News, Feb 14 2020

by Muram Ibrahim, Harry Levine, Bilal Memon & Nick Roblee-Strauss

MEGAN THEE STALLION + G-EAZY = <3 Celebrity gossip rarely startles us anymore. Impeachment proceedings and foreign assassinations have occupied our …

Taking 287g Agreements to Court

An interview with activist Sherrie Andre

Metro, Jan 04 2020

by Sara Van Horn

photograph by Steve Ahlquist content warning: police violence Late in the summer of 2018, activists from the FANG Collective, a nonviolent …

Buzzed

Haircuts as a catalyst for change

Features, Dec 06 2019

by Morgan Florsheim

It was a Wednesday afternoon in mid-March of 2013 and I was seated in a chair on the basketball court of …

Video Star

Emma Chamberlain and the Relatable YouTuber

Arts, Dec 06 2019

by Isabelle Rea

At the end of the video “REVIEWING YOUTUBE’S HQ *insane*,” YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki joins YouTube star Emma Chamberlain on screen …

Divorce(e)

Literary, Dec 06 2019

by Zach Barnes

Oscar rose from his seat still crying and started to clap vigorously. He felt a little possessed and a little self-conscious, …

Mapping Capital

Urban disinvestment on the small screen

Science & Technology, Dec 06 2019

by Ella Comberg

Vince Staples’ music video “FUN!” opens on a digital rendering of the planet Earth. The camera zooms in rapidly—as many of …

Chile Despertó

Paula Pacheco Soto on the Chilean student movement in historical perspective

News, Dec 06 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser, Izzi Olive & Paula Pacheco Soto

October 26 Chile has long been heralded as one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America and an example of …

The Cold Shoulder

A flawed system is endangering RI’s homeless

Metro, Dec 06 2019

by Deborah Marini, Loughlin Neuert & Peder Schaefer

When Harry lost his home in October, he went to one of Rhode Island’s largest emergency shelters: Crossroads Rhode Island. He …

Week in Comfort Food

News, Dec 06 2019

by Gemma Sack & Alan Dean

Movable Feast “Everybody get their plates, sit down, and eat,” commuters heard, loud and clear, in a subway car in New …

The Making of a Ghost

Features, Dec 06 2019

by Star Su

Photographs are the closest thing we carry to memory. Though not pure representation, they can bring relief to a story, let …

Save the BCSC

Alumni Stand in Support of Student Activism

News, Dec 06 2019

by Concerned Brown Alumni

We, the undersigned alumni of Brown University, write to express serious concern with the troubling atmosphere and recent heartbreaking student experiences …

Stereo

X, Nov 25 2019

by Seth Israel

There's No Place Like the Future

Dorothy’s ruby slippers and queer utopia

Features, Nov 22 2019

by Evan Lincoln

Every New Year’s Eve in Key West, the drag queen Sushi perches comfortably inside a glistening ruby high heel, so giant …

Measuring the Small Animal of My Body

Weight loss in the era of Fitbits

Features, Nov 22 2019

by Dana Schneider

content warning: body image When I was in the third grade, everyone got pedometers from our teacher. They were small and …

Current Location

Mapping in perspective

Science & Technology, Nov 22 2019

by Alan Dean

One cloudy Friday evening in October, I’m on a bus from Providence to New York, looking out as the endless gray …

In the Making

Examining the legacies of the Gorham Manufacturing Company

Arts, Nov 22 2019

by Bilal Memon

A silver spoon the size of a Great Dane immediately confronts anyone exiting the elevator on the third floor of the …

Two Stories

Literary, Nov 22 2019

by Pia Mileaf-Patel & Emma Kofman

TONGUES “Do you want to touch tongues?” Ella asked me. We sat underneath one of the fold-out plastic tables boasting boxes …

Scrutinizing the Self

Exploring implicit bias through Self, Made

Arts, Nov 22 2019

by Anabelle Johnston

The dark walls of "Self, Made" crept upward until they became indistinguishable from the ceiling, the disorienting scene complete with exposed …

What Brown Could Pay

Brown’s property tax exemption and the crisis of public school funding

Metro, Nov 22 2019

by Hal Triedman & Sara Van Horn

“How is it that a city—a small city—can continue to have public schools that fail repeatedly?” In an interview with the …

Week in Climate Apocalypse

News, Nov 22 2019

by Gabby Bianco & Dana Kurniawan

ANT-EAT-ANT WORLD The scene is set: a Soviet nuclear bunker. The land is desolate. A few radioactive tumbleweeds are the only …

Reality Check

Psychedelics, mysticism, and the American scientific establishment

Science & Technology, Nov 15 2019

by Gemma Sack

In 1956, psychiatrist Humphry Osmond wrote to his friend and correspondent, author and philosopher Aldous Huxley: “To fall in Hell or …

Reflections on Hong Kong

Features, Nov 15 2019

by Liana Chaplain, Miranda Van-Boswell, Anonymous & Flo Li

This week, Features and News collaborated to invite four students from Hong Kong to reflect on the country's ongoing and escalating …

Making Ends Meet

Food Insecurity in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Kshitij Sachan, John Graves & Nell Salzman

Rows of shelves, stretching from the floor to the high ceiling, hold hundreds of pallets of everything from canned beans to …

23 Years in My Body

Reflections on a Civil War

Features, Nov 15 2019

by Rachel Rood-Ojalvo

content warning: eating disorder, bulimia, sexual violence i. When I was in 4th grade, I was friends with two girls in …

Collected Poems (no theme)

Literary, Nov 15 2019

by Kanha Prasad, Jane Freiman, Isabelle Rea, Andy Rickert, Catherine Habgood, Sandra Moore & Gemma Brand-Wolf

Shades of Sick I woke up, sick of today, still a golden caterpillar, high as balls on buttery dreams. My open …

Making Dough

Thoughts on Mika Rottenberg’s surreal videos

Arts, Nov 15 2019

by Alana Baer

A kneaded piece of dough slides through a hole in the wall. Flattened bright-red fingernails are flattened. Human tears drip through …

Building Republic

Kyrgyz Systems of Accountability

News, Nov 15 2019

by Erika Undeland

On March 24, 2005, my mother and father cheered as demonstrators took over the White House of the Kyrgyz Republic. They …

A Jury of One's Peers

How low jury pay limits court justice in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Olivia George

This was not the first time Senator Elizabeth Crowley had served on a jury, and, for the most part, she felt …

Week in Unlikely Vessels

News, Nov 15 2019

by Tammuz Frankel & Roxanne Barnes

RUNNING ON WATER Last month, a pair of sneakers embedded with vesicles of holy water sold out within minutes of its …

God in the Dataset

Opening the black box of machine learning

Science & Technology, Nov 01 2019

by Andy Rickert

There will be no edges, but curves. -Tracy K. Smith The black box is a metaphor for a device whose inner …

Brunt of the Blade

Aspirational recycling in a post-National Sword world

News, Nov 01 2019

by Anabelle Johnston

For decades, barges of recyclables slowly dragged across the Pacific, acting as overrun vessels of the United States’ environmental hope. This …

Besotten

Literary, Nov 01 2019

by Kate Ok

Was Hamlet’s death Hamlet’s fault? she asked. I’m not so sure. The play is named after him, though, Ira-Taylor replied, half-laughing. …

Paddling to the Source

The canoe in Canadian past and present

Features, Nov 01 2019

by Oren Karp

On day 19, my trip arrived at Wapekeka First Nation after weeks of sun, the most difficult leg of our journey …

Fire Power

PG&E and the California wildfire crisis

News, Nov 01 2019

by Ricardo Gomez

Images of firestorms, burning hills, and charred neighborhoods in California are becoming the horrid icons of the future’s climate. The state’s …

The Fire to Release You

A conversation with Providence songwriter La Neve

Arts, Nov 01 2019

by Ben Bienstock & Chris Packs

On “A Pretty Red,” the opening track of her debut LP The Vital Cord, released October 14, La Neve sings over …

The Perfect Companion

How sexbots yoke intimacy to exploitation

Features, Nov 01 2019

by Mia Pattillo

“Goodbye loneliness!” reads the homepage of RealDollX, where anyone can purchase a life-size, silicone, human-looking sex robot for the price of …

Great Streets, Mobile City

Envisioning an equitable transportation system for the creative capital

Metro, Nov 01 2019

by Avi Shapiro & Ilan Upfal

Zooming down College Hill last weekend on our bikes, a friend and I criss-crossed our way downtown, barely avoiding cars and …

Week in Ornaments

News, Nov 01 2019

by Deborah Marini & Alina Kulman

BRAINTREE's Monster house Halloween is under siege, and it’s a whole lot more personal than Starbucks’ red cups. The battleground for …

Two Poems

Literary, Oct 25 2019

by Tabitha Payne

When I left you in the lovely dark, you held up the morning in your hands Sometimes when we sleep together …

Self-Made Men

Wanting and getting in Mad Men

Arts, Oct 25 2019

by Cate Turner

Wanting to be a man, or a certain kind of man, animates most of the heavy-hitters of ‘prestige TV.’ These shows …

Dispatches From Pronk

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Chris Packs, Eve O'Shea, Mayo Saji & Miranda Van-Boswell

Last Monday, hundreds of Providence residents—artists, activists, students, misfits, puppets—danced the night away to the upbeat cacophony of Providence’s own What …

When Nezha Fell From the Sky

Features, Oct 25 2019

by Star Su

In my childhood, I watched Nezha. It was an animated series based off the Chinese myth of a boy named Nezha. …

The Power of Poultry

Pampered chickens, Silicon Valley wealth, and agrarian dreams

Features, Oct 25 2019

by Anna Pasnau

Ginger is eight years old. She’s survived two dog attacks, confrontations with a deadly ferret, multiple aggressive raccoons, and a hawk. …

Clean Energy, Muddy Waters

Offshore windmills pose changes and challenges for fishermen

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Peder Schaefer

From a distance, the Block Island Wind Farm looks innocent. The blades spin in lazy circles, and at night, red lights …

Week in Pulling Out

News, Oct 25 2019

by Emily Rust & Olivia George

RECIPE FOR DISASTER Forget pumpkin spice—it’s peach mint season. Earlier this month, NBC’s Ken Dilanian made Twitter aware of a recent …

Levin’s Legacy

To Fund Communities or Jails?

News, Oct 11 2019

by Julia Chang, Eli Hadley, Sophie Kupetz, Mayo Saji & Misty Wilson

New York City Council Member Stephen Levin B’03, is trying to push through an $11 billion jail expansion plan in New …

Within One Frame

Human closeness in Tsai Ming-Liang’s Vive L’Amour

Arts, Oct 11 2019

by Zach Barnes

content warning: suicide Last month, the film Joker won the Golden Lion—top honors—at the Venice International Film Festival. That the comic-book …

Right & Wrong & Right on Red

A look at Frank Caprio’s courtroom reality show: Caught in Providence

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Nick Roblee-Strauss

Judge Frank Caprio has a knack for extracting narratives for his courtroom reality show, Caught in Providence, where Providence’s traffic violations …

Shifting Gears

The United Automobile Workers strikes General Motors

News, Oct 11 2019

by Cate Turner

On September 15, nearly 50,000 United Automobile Workers (UAW) union members formed picket lines outside of General Motors factories across the …

Dirty Undies

Seeing and unseeing the thong in pop culture

Features, Oct 11 2019

by Isabel Guarnieri

I bought my first thong when I was 15. It was a cinnamon color with light blue polka dots, framed by …

Possessions

Literary, Oct 11 2019

by Matthew Litman

All Al could talk about was how excited he was for dinner. He said his wife was cooking something special. “I …

Mosquito Trap

Everything you (wish you didn’t) need to know about Triple E

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Emma Kofman

Consider this hypothetical scenario: mosquitoes carrying an infection with a 30-percent mortality rate have taken over, and you are the only …

The Bully Buster

Monica Huertas: Democrat for Ward 10

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Deborah Marini

She stood amid overturned toy castles and idle trucks and talked canvassing routes, missed calls from constituents, and the newest batch …

Week in Tête-à-Têtes

News, Oct 11 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Hal Triedman

THE NAMESAKE Name recognition is important in politics. Regardless of a politician’s public favor, constituents must know who they are before …

Bunnies

Literary, Oct 04 2019

by Lauren Lee

Valentine and I moved in together at the start of a Rooster year—the kind that, decades ago, my mother was born …

Making Cyber Space

Antitrust and Big Tech

Science & Technology, Oct 04 2019

by Bilal Memon

Before he was the face of billionaire philanthropy, Bill Gates sat in the deposition chair of the United States District Court …

Plants and the City

A new vegan restaurant’s place on College Hill

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Muskaan Garg

Approach the new pedestrian bridge on the Providence River on a weekend night and you might quickly be distracted by crowds, …

iWork, uWork, WeWork

How the coworking industry is failing freelancers

Features, Oct 04 2019

by Amelia Anthony

I was one of 500,000 coworking Americans in 2017 when I had a summer job at a small coworking space in …

Rhode Island is Where the Wild Things Are

Coyote culture in New England sparks fear of infestation

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Roxanne Barnes

Before announcing its plans to close all its US locations, Shiru Café severely limited its free options. This fact has nothing …

Eat, Play, Sing

The Highlander Center and the practice of cultural organizing

Arts, Oct 04 2019

by Addy Schuetz

Woke up this morning with my mind, set on freedom Woke up this morning with my mind, set on freedom Woke …

Week in Civic Engagement

News, Oct 04 2019

by Kion You & Noah Mlyn

I ONLY SEE ONE RACE: THE HUMAN RACE To understand Woonsocket’s City Council meeting on Monday, September 16, we can begin …

Body Talk

On wounds and the loneliest form of memory

Features, Sep 27 2019

by Parisa Thepmankorn

content warning:depictions of blood and wounds When faced with a missing person or examining an unnamed or unclaimed body, the police …

Treading Water

Can the ProJo stay afloat in the Ocean State?

Metro, Sep 27 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Peder Schaefer

Before ad revenue dried up, and before the financial crisis, and Facebook, and the smartphone, and Craigslist, the Providence Journal was …

On Desire & Being Desired

King Princess, Hayley Kiyoko, and queer representation in pop music

Arts, Sep 27 2019

by Anabelle Johnston

I easily lose myself listening to Mikaela Straus’s (a.k.a. King Princess) “Pussy is God.” Beyond its lyrics (which I know by …

The Year of Yeehaw

Cowboys making space in music

Arts, Sep 27 2019

by Alisa Caira

A John Wayne movie may obscure the history, but the cowboy began from a Spanish imperialist practice: Spanish colonialists forced Indigenous …

A Common Cold War

The political history of phage therapy

Science & Technology, Sep 27 2019

by Mohannad Jabrah

Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn has a fungus problem. In May of 2018, a patient was admitted for abdominal surgery. He …

Our House? Not Quite.

A look into Bolsonaro's policies and the Amazon

News, Sep 27 2019

by Auria Zhang

On August 19, São Paulo, Brazil went dark at 4 PM. Drivers in Brazil’s most populous city were forced to turn …

Week in Veneers

News, Sep 27 2019

by Loughlin Neuert & Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

LOOKING PRESI-DENTAL The 2020 presidential race has opened with such an oversaturated field of candidates that sometimes distinguishing between them all …

Catering Contract Concerns

An open letter on catering workers’ contract negotiations

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Noa Machover & Nora Lawrence

Since September 2018, Brown University catering service employees have been negotiating their contract with the University in an attempt to unionize. …

Disney To Dust

Cultural nostalgia and cynicism in live action remakes

Arts, Sep 21 2019

by Tristan St. Germain

In 2019, the Walt Disney Company became the very first studio to release five films that each grossed over one billion …

Seeing Through Supplements

How the vitamin industry sells health

Science & Technology, Sep 21 2019

by Jennifer Katz

Whenever I have a problem, my parents believe vitamins are the solution: “Feeling tired from classwork? “There must be an iron …

Collecting Sediments

Cappadocia and carving out homes

Features, Sep 21 2019

by Ella Rosenblatt

My mom’s name is Petra. Short for Petronella, it shares the Greek root “petros” with petrified, Peter, and petrol. Petros means …

From Decrim To Recrim

Ten years of recriminalized indoor sex work in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Victoria Caruso

Every Wednesday night, Bella Robinson parks her tangerine Nissan Rogue inside the faded lines of the lot by the McDonalds and …

Two Poems

Literary, Sep 21 2019

by Alana Baer

Cathy I hate missing sock mistake I hate rat raisin fluorescent forget and death and a plastic clothing hanger wet paper …

The Fourth of July Girl

Literary, Sep 21 2019

by Catherine Habgood

She emerges from the port-a-potty dripping wet. The blue plastic door swings a full one hundred and eighty degrees, shuddering the …

Beyond #MeToo

Transformative Justice on College Campuses

Features, Sep 21 2019

by Camila Pelsinger

content warning: sexual violence This week, the Features editors invited Camila Pelsinger B’20, Transformative Justice Student Coordinator, to author a piece …

Social Determinants

The DRC Ebola outbreak, explained

News, Sep 20 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Izzi Olive

“They were dying slowly—it was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but …

Week in Vape Nations

News, Sep 20 2019

by Alan Dean & Ricardo Gomez

CLOUDLESS SKIES ABOVE SALT LAKE CITY The emergence of damning new evidence demonstrating the danger of vaping and e-cigarettes feels like …

Providence Bites

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Ella Comberg & Miles Guggenheim

Providence Can't JUMP by Ella Comberg I risk hyperbole when I say that the first time I rode a JUMP bike, …

“It Needs To Be In Our Hands”

An Interview with the Jane Collective’s Heather Booth

Features, Sep 13 2019

by Mara Dolan & Mia Pattillo

In 1965, Heather Booth received a desperate phone call from a friend whose sister needed an abortion. Booth called around and …

Arriving Before the Light

Notes and reflections on the life and legacy of Toni Morrison

Arts, Sep 13 2019

by Gabriella Etoniru

I walk to work that morning. It’s a Tuesday. Something mellow is playing in my headphones, and my phone vibrates, and …

Francoists in the Shadows

The far right in Spain's main conservative party

News, Sep 13 2019

by Clara Gutman Argemí

Vox, the nationalist, anti-immigration party that broke into Spain's Congress of Deputies last April, may be new to the Spanish political …

The Need For Speed

5G and the next chapter of the digital divide

Science & Technology, Sep 13 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

5G coverage in Rhode Island Scattered around the streets of Providence, clusters of gray boxes sit perched atop telephone poles and …

To Kancil, With Love

Or, the smallest deer in the world

Features, Sep 13 2019

by Zach Ngin

The first time I saw mouse deer, I was sitting at a table in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) …

We're Not Gonna Take It

Contesting the state takeover of the Providence Public School District

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Alina Kulman & Sara Van Horn

In late June, the Providence Public School District was rocked by a devastating report that implicated everyone from teachers to governmental …

Week in Invasion of Privacy

News, Sep 13 2019

by Gemma Sack & Roxanne Barnes

SHE KNEW HE WAS TROUBLE “I think he knows his footprints/On the sidewalk/Lead to where I can’t stop/Go there every night,” …

From The Editors

FTE, Apr 19 2019

by KN + HA

My Indy, It’s not you, it’s us—the ones that are leaving, the ones with no more pages to fill. To be …

Week in Video Giants

News, Apr 19 2019

by Alan Dean, Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Peder Schaefer & Aayushi Khowala

Stuck in the Tape Deck If the mediocre 2013 Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand had been released in 2004, …

4 poems

Literary, Apr 19 2019

by Shuchi & Justine Nguyen-Nguyen

twenty years from today , i still love you Shuchi with intent , i limb my swollen gesture in your ventilator …

Towards a New Collective Memory

News, Apr 19 2019

by Wen Zhuang & Dana Kurniawan

On October 31 of last year, the campus of South Asia University (SAU) in New Delhi, India, glowed pink and blue. …

Long Shadows Smoking Guns

Features, Apr 19 2019

by Tabitha Payne

I think many people who live in Downtown Providence and on the East Side would be surprised to discover that a …

Days of Our Lives

On soap operas and suffering

Features, Apr 19 2019

by Will Weatherly

Like the plot of any good melodrama, my relationship to The Bold and the Beautiful was a matter of fate, and …

A High Stakes Game of Jenga

Or, how to move a house

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Eve Grassfield

The first time Guy Davis ever moved a house, things did not go as planned. He was told it would be …

Beyond Rubbers

A short history of male birth control

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Jennifer Katz

When patients come to Dr. Kelly Brogan MD, a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, with complaints of low libido, insomnia, unstable …

Mattiello and the Machine

Nicholas Mattiello and the centralization of the Rhode Island House

Metro, Apr 12 2019

by Brionne Frazier

Nicholas Mattiello has been touted as the most powerful man in Rhode Island. This power stems primarily from his position as …

Queering Bollywood

LGBTQ representation goes mainstream

Arts, Apr 12 2019

by Saanya Jain

The last time a mainstream Hindi-language film featuring a lesbian lead was released in India was in 1996. The movie, Fire, …

Keep Your Tongue in its Cage

Protest art and revolution in Kuwait, Sudan, and Egypt

News, Apr 12 2019

by Mohannad Jabrah

On February 25th, the Kuwaiti government abruptly announced that it would be cancelling a performance by Mashrou’ Leila, a five-member Lebanese …

Week in the Sky

News, Apr 12 2019

by Sara Van Horn, Roxanne Barnes & Kevin Dong

WOW! AIRLINE FAIL! For months, the fiscal winds had been changing for WOW Air’s fleet of pink aircraft: fourth quarter reports …

City Upon a Hill

A study in the geopolitics of elevation

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Jesse Barber

The Berkeley hills bound the city to the east. The ridge stretches up and down the eastern bank of the San …

After Life

Literary, Apr 12 2019

by Jorge Palacios

A slight breeze tickles the hairs on the medium-sized A slight breeze tickles the hair on the young girl’s arms, and …

As Seen From Above

Digital archaeology in Afghanistan

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

In a dusty, treeless valley south of Kabul, Afghanistan, the ancient walls of Mes Aynak almost blend into the surrounding earth. …

Waving the Flag

Competition and community at the Providence Gay Flag Football League

Metro, Apr 12 2019

by Cate Turner

From a distance, the scene looks and sounds not unlike a standard fair-weather gym class. Players clad in mismatched jerseys dart …

Against Forgetting

Enforced Disappearances, Visual Archives of Loss, and Collective Mourning in Kashmir

News, Apr 12 2019

by Tiara Sharma & Kanha Prasad

Mughal Mase sits at an APDP demonstration, holding a photo of her son. Photo taken as part of a series by …

From The Editors

FTE, Apr 04 2019

by Professor Mike Fink, Literary Arts + Studies & RISD

We received the following letter last week, which felt urgent enough to share: “A fortnight ago a handsome plaque or pennant …

A Friday For Our Future

An interview with the organizers of the Rhode Island Youth Climate Strike

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Mara Dolan

At 11AM on Friday, March 15, hundreds of thousands of students around the world walked out of their classrooms. From London …

"Have You Eaten?"

Rice, Agriculture, and Military Occupation in Kashmir

News, Apr 04 2019

by Kudrat Wadhwa

KASHMIR: LIFE UNDER SIEGE: PART 1 This week, the Indy News section begins a two-part series on the occupation of Kashmir, …

Week in Dismemberment

News, Apr 04 2019

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Signe Swanson

A DICHOTOMY OF BAGELS A firestorm erupted on Twitter last Monday when Alek Krautmann, a DC-based Missouri native, posted a photo …

Waterlog

On swamps, deserts, and sites of old selves

Features, Apr 04 2019

by Tara Sharma

In Southern Appalachia, the forests have been burying themselves for millennia. The trees collapse where the forest floor puddles: thick floods …

Rendering Deep Time

Science & Technology, Apr 04 2019

by Gemma Sack

“Consider the Earth’s history as the old measure of the English yard, the distance from the king’s nose to the tip …

Sealing the Deal

Competing narratives of conservation in the Narragansett Bay

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Hal Triedman

It was not ideal weather for seal watching. The wind coming off of Rome Point was strong and unflagging, pressing against …

Rhode Island is Famous for You

Crimetown, and the problem of Providence's mob narrative

Arts, Apr 04 2019

by Ella Comberg

My Italian-American father tells one of our family’s best stories. I heard it again recently after I asked him, mostly in …

Cleaning Up the Workplace

Fuerza Laboral pioneers the first worker cooperative in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Sara Van Horn

Last December, in a spacious, carpeted conference room inside Navigant Credit Union in Central Falls, nineteen graduates of the second annual …

From the Editors

FTE, Mar 22 2019

by JAM

There are rotting bunches of kale in our fridges; our floors are still sticky with the residue of melted snow trekked …

Week in Archaic Institutions

News, Mar 22 2019

by Giacomo Sartorelli, Raina Wellman & Kevin Dong

Awake, Arise, Or Be Forever Fall’n Wednesday’s vernal equinox heralded the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but most of …

Two Stories

Literary, Mar 22 2019

by Cam Collins

Duck Chainsaw Lost Nevada has a red sky but it’s never violent to anyone who’s born there, only the ones that …

Dogs Affixed

Pet taxidermy, cloning, and mourning

Science & Technology, Mar 22 2019

by Emma Kofman

At a business meeting, a woman walks my mom into an office and introduces her dog, Chelsea, a black-haired Chihuahua with …

The Individual Uniform

Sartorial representation from the fig leaf to the turtleneck

Arts, Mar 22 2019

by Bilal Memon

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and that it was desirable …

Crisis of Care

Politicians and think-tanks have bold new plans to make raising kids cheaper, easier… and fun?

News, Mar 22 2019

by David Golden

Ten years ago, the Wall Street Journal interviewed daycare operators around the country to compile a list of tips and tricks …

Intestines, and How We Were Never Born

Science & Technology, Mar 22 2019

by Seamus Flynn

I’m five years old, waiting alone in my mom's office at the Zen Buddhist practice center she helps run. I don’t …

There's Still Something in the Water

The Public Health Crisis of Providence's Lead Pipes

Metro, Mar 22 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & Ricardo Gomez

The Providence Water headquarters in Lower South Providence is wedged between Mashapaug Pond—contaminated, still, from toxic waste emitted by the old …

A Tale of Three Cities

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion in Seattle, New Orleans, and Pawtucket

Metro, Mar 22 2019

by Rachel Rood-Ojalvo

Jails and prisons have become the United States’ largest housing complex and healthcare system for people with mental health and substance …

From Railroad: Vote Yes on Divest

News, Mar 17 2019

by Railroad

Railroad is a collective of prison abolitionists, criminal justice reformers, and others working in solidarity with communities and organizations in Providence …

Week in $$$

News, Mar 15 2019

by Sarah Clapp & Zachary Baytosh

One-Student Schoolhouse Facing overcrowding last school-year in Cheyenne, Wyoming school administrators resorted to shuffling students around the district in an effort …

3 Stories: Money Matters, Bean Soup, Horse

Literary, Mar 15 2019

by Betsy Roy, Star Su & Lucy Qiu

Money Matters by Betsy Roy You wouldn’t believe what I’d do for money. Like, seriously! It depends on the time of …

Tidy Futures

The work of decluttering with Marie Kondo

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

As we entered 2019, a push for dispossession caught the nation by storm. Brendan Hurley, manager of Goodwill Industries in the …

Building a Bigger Table

A look at Cohen v. Brown and legal battles over Title IX, in athletics and beyond

Metro, Mar 15 2019

by Amelia Anthony

content warning: sexual assault Lifetime civil rights attorney Lynette Labinger is sharp and confident, sitting across from me in an ornately-decorated …

Survivors Have Said "Me Too"

Now what should their perpetrators say?

Features, Mar 15 2019

by Marie Lachance

content warning: sexual assault “Hey, I have a really serious question for you that hasn’t been addressed ever,” reads the text …

Power Plants

Scrutinizing the US' biofuel future

Science & Technology, Mar 15 2019

by Shannon Kingsley

In the depths of a swamp forest, the ferns are dying. Fanned bodies bowed together, these giant leaf-like forms topple and …

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

How Modern Monetary Theory reimagines government spending

News, Mar 15 2019

by Jesse Barber

A few weeks ago, a group of children confronted Senator Dianne Feinstein to plead for her to make a commitment to …

Money in Your Mouth

Literary, Mar 15 2019

by Tabitha Payne

And then the money was in your mouth. So much money you were always eating salad, those pretentious, extortionate salads your …

Among the Iguanas

On life and the pursuit of death in Guantánamo Bay

Features, Mar 15 2019

by Jessica Bram Murphy

content warning: descriptions of death and torture In Taíno, an indigenous language of the Caribbean islands, Guantánamo means “land between the …

Modern Mind Control

Our era of addictive products

Science & Technology, Mar 08 2019

by Griffin Kao

Mind control in its various forms—hypnosis, possession, brainwashing—has captured our imaginations for centuries in literature and in film. George Orwell’s 1984 …

Cybernetic Ghost Towns

New pathways of communication, histories of warfare, and the practice of listening

Arts, Mar 08 2019

by Alexis Gordon

Norbert Wiener first outlined the theory of cybernetics in his 1950 book The Human Use of Human Beings. Cybernetics describe a …

Week in Upgrades

News, Mar 08 2019

by Grace Keefe, Gabby Bianco & Maya Bjornson

Robots Hit the Rhodes Years from now, in the throes of the Artificial Intelligence Takeover we all know is coming, when …

Captioning Fascism

Memes, misinformation, and political fatigue in Bolsonaro's Brazil

News, Mar 08 2019

by Adam Fertig

“Don’t worry, everybody, everything will get better after the 2014 World Cup.” This tweet has been immortalized in reaction GIFs, YouTube …

5x5

Literary, Mar 08 2019

by Eduardo Guitérrez Peña

Bingo night is every Thursday. I will never go. The game is a purgatory for squares and number counters, and worse …

A Lawyer on Broad Street

Providence lawyer José Batista takes on police oversight

Metro, Mar 08 2019

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

The mile-long boulevard of Broadway, in Providence, is a den of lawyers. Over 15 private law offices occupy the hodgepodge of …

"To Hell with the Stadium"

Can building trades and the left find common ground?

Metro, Mar 08 2019

by Harry August & Michael Shorris

At a July 19 Providence City Council hearing, local progressive activists and local construction unions clashed. Chants and shouts from the …

Scenic Depictions of Slavic Life

Building a language of irony in Latvian counter-culture

Features, Mar 08 2019

by Alan Emory Dean

“The Slav Squat is not just about squatting down—no, no. It is about technique. About showing your Slav levels,” explains YouTube …

llewellyn

Literary, Mar 01 2019

by Kate Ok

I thought Llewellyn was the most beautiful name in the English language. At least, that’s what I told my mother at …

The World as Picture, Exhibition, and Target

Angkor Wat, neo-colonialism, and opacity

Arts, Mar 01 2019

by Alexis Gordon

Postcard for the Angkor Wat Pavilion, 1931 I want to talk about some phenomena in the violence against Southeast Asian peoples, …

Features, Mar 01 2019

by Raghvi Bhatia

Week in Jam

News, Mar 01 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Gemma Sack

LOST IN TRANSLATION, ONCE AGAIN Ariana Grande, America’s sweetheart as of late, continued our country’s long-standing tradition of getting a tattoo …

#Blocked

Rhode Island politicians keep their constituents in the dark

Metro, Mar 01 2019

by Alina Kulman

Rhode Island politicians often struggle to keep their reputations clean, so maybe it isn’t surprising that when officials take to Twitter, …

Overdue Justice

Establishing adequate reparations for the victims from the U.S. Public Health Service S.T.D. inoculation experiments in Guatemala

News, Mar 01 2019

by Jazmin Piche Cifuentes

content warning: torture, gore, sexual abuse The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments were an infamous and unethical series of clinical studies conducted on …

Bad Lieutenant

Passing, clocking, and the curious case of Catalina de Erauso

Features, Mar 01 2019

by Cate Turner

Doña Catalina de Erauso does not have much of a place in history. He is a footnote to the Spanish Baroque …

Beyond Screens

In conversation with Khiara Bridges and Virginia Eubanks

Science & Technology, Mar 01 2019

by Julia Rock & Lily Meyersohn

content warning: maternal death "I’m literally dying,” Lashonda Hazard posted on Facebook early last month. The otherwise-healthy, pregnant 27-year-old had visited …

Six Men Spotted at the Glen Park Roller Rink and Rec Center

Literary, Feb 15 2019

by Will Weatherly

ROB It is hard to avoid looking at one another on the rink because you’re in a circle: somebody’s always following …

Tourist Trap

Geosure tries to build a safer world—but for whom?

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2019

by Liam Greenwell

I open Geosure and the map populates with nearby scores. There’s a lot of green, implying “low risk.” One of the …

Week in (Mis)communication

News, Feb 14 2019

by Roxanne Barnes, Alina Kulman & Theia Flynn

LMS for Salvation Pope Francis wants you to know he’s not a regular pope, he’s a cool pope. With the recent …

Striking a Deal

LA teachers push for a more equitable public school system

News, Feb 14 2019

by Bilal Memon & Kanha Prasad

Standing on the front steps of LA City Hall, Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), shouted into …

Do I Know You?

Bryan Singer, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and brushing up on your history

Arts, Feb 14 2019

by Zachary Barnes

The most erotic film I’ve ever seen was made in 1950. It’s a silent French film that lasts all of twenty-six …

Civic Disobedience

A class-action lawsuit in Rhode Island advocates for civics education

Metro, Feb 14 2019

by Sara Van Horn & Wen Zhuang

In 2015, only 23 percent of eighth graders in the United States demonstrated proficiency in civics, according to a national assessment …

Week in Closing Time

News, Feb 08 2019

by Grace Keefe & Wen Zhuang

Going O’Naturel Imagine this: a spacious, vibrant dining hall fills with an ensemble of chattering individuals in minimal dress. The guests, …

What I Learned At Home

Features, Feb 08 2019

by Tara Sharma

The Snakes The garden snakes in New England are harmless. The first one I saw was dead and on our driveway. …

Plugging the Drain

Getting Millennials to "#ChooseRI"

Metro, Feb 08 2019

by Harry August

Rhode Island is worried about its size, and for good reason. Absent a mass migration to the Ocean State before the …

Misreadings and Misgivings

Understanding the Venezuelan presidential crisis

News, Feb 08 2019

by Oriana Van Praag

It was a sight to behold. On January 23, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to denounce the …

The Ex-Machina Fallacy

How randomness separates us from AI

Science & Technology, Feb 08 2019

by Griffin Kao

The screen lights up with a new text message from Scott, a professor at the University of Texas: How many legs …

"Solving" Translation

Women's labor on the page

Arts, Feb 08 2019

by Saanya Jain

“In Urdu, the only language she knew, all things, not just living things but all things—carpets, clothes, books, pens, musical instruments—had …

A Second Latin Boom

Echoes and potential in a new aesthetic movement

Features, Feb 08 2019

by Eduardo Guitérrez Peña

Sometime in the mid 20th century, a series of novels in translation about the Yoknapatawpha County, William Faulkner’s microcosm of the …

All In

Rhode Island legalizes sports betting

Metro, Feb 08 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & John Graves

Ronny first came to what is now Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI—then a race track called Lincoln Downs—when he was …

State of Affairs

Protests build momentum in Sudan and France

News, Feb 01 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Jessica Bram Murphy

Media outlets largely focus on specific moments in time, framing events as singular instances while often ignoring their historical and political …

Dirty Funding

Warren B. Kanders at the Whitney Museum and Brown University

Arts, Feb 01 2019

by Tristan Harris & Babette Thomas

On December 9, 2018, Hyperallergic, an online arts magazine, posted an image of four members of the Fire Department of New …

Quilting the Statehouse

The Womxn Project organizes for the Reproductive Health Care Act

Metro, Feb 01 2019

by Sara Van Horn

On the marble steps inside a packed Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters competed for legislative attention as …

Week in Digital Drama

News, Feb 01 2019

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp, Maria Gerdyman, Annabelle Chace & Theia Flynn

"Facebook gains nothing from this meme" If you haven’t deactivated your social media accounts out of fear of breaches in privacy, …

Genetically Pleasing

He Jiankui, CRISPR, and the politics of the human genome

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2019

by Gemma Sack

At the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong on November 27-29, 2018, the room is buzzing …

Three Poems

Literary, Feb 01 2019

by Rachel Landau

new interior for a hallmark birthday card hornet wound i weep your memory accounting for sapphire-stained rungs in the ladder though …

Two Poems

Literary, Feb 01 2019

by Justin Han

Paliochori Mentions this only as strange ordeal, her translation resisting delivery—vegetable state and we’ll see no more of Tsalia, Damia, Disekia, …

Selling Out

Mayor Elorza's plan to privatize the Providence water supply board

Metro, Feb 01 2019

by Julia Rock

The story of the Scituate Reservoir holds its own in the annals of Rhode Island history. A gruesome tale of eminent …

Cooling Off

Features, Feb 01 2019

by Star Su

The first time I’m at their house, the notes of the ice cream truck erase the quiet haze of the summer …

Best Rhode Island Tweets of 2018

An Indy Listicle

Metro, Dec 21 2018

by Harry August & Ella Comberg

We never thought the day would come either. At the Indy, we pride ourselves on maintaining the kind of long-form, Leftist, …

Apocrypha

Literary, Dec 07 2018

by Athena Zeros

the ground breaks too so please tell me my name even if my fullmouth stings of feathers the loudest thing the …

Simulated Bodies

How virtual physicalities are changing the landscape of medical education

Science & Technology, Dec 07 2018

by Parisa Thepmankorn

Medicine is intimate. Beginning from our very first breath, most likely taken inside a hospital room under the watchful eye of …

Top Down

An examination of the tradition of half-staff

Features, Dec 07 2018

by Jesse Barber

Mark Barnes, Chief Property Manager of the Rhode Island Capitol Campus, might get the email from the Governor’s Office at 3:00 …

Week in Compassionate Capitalism

News, Dec 07 2018

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Caroline Ribet

STEM or: HOW GIRL SCOUTS LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB content warning: military violence At last month’s Macy’s …

Freedom for Whom?

The reflexive photographs of Danny Lyon and the stakes of critical curation

Arts, Dec 07 2018

by Wen Zhuang

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Sit-In, Atlanta, 1963 Who’s the real Danny Lyon? The year was 1969 and Lyon was an …

Chinga las Armas

SOA, Plan Merida, and how the US funds gun violence in Mexico

News, Dec 07 2018

by Leslie Benavides

December 10 marks the 12th year anniversary of the War on Drugs in Mexico. As of November 2018, 250,000 people are …

A (RI)sing tide

How coastal managers and local leaders are grappling with sea level rise in the Ocean State

Climate, Dec 07 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

This article is the fourth installment of a month-long series, “Through the Muck,” tackling climate change in Rhode Island. On a …

Invenergy

The last stand of RI's fossil fuel zombie

Climate, Dec 07 2018

by Jack Brook

This article is the third installment of a month-long series, “Through the Muck,” tackling climate change in Rhode Island. Governor Gina …

Talking Heads

Sinclair and rising conservative influence in RI media

Metro, Dec 07 2018

by Alina Kulman

Last March, Frank Coletta and Alison Bologna, anchors at WJAR, the NBC affiliate station in Rhode Island, gave a speech on …

Week in Sad Food

Metro, Nov 30 2018

by Gemma Sack & Jesse Barber

1-800-BUTTERBALL “Alexa, how do I cook a perfect turkey?” This year, for the first time ever, you may have heard this …

The Absence

Literary, Nov 30 2018

by Nicolaia Rips

Margaret Boyle woke up and her left incisor was loose. In her dream, she was crushed under a giant unspecified citrus …

Glass House, Shattered

A walkthrough of Philip Johnson’s famed residence

Features, Nov 30 2018

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Alex Westfall

We visited Philip Johnson’s Glass House on a chilly Friday morning in autumn. After multiple failed attempts to reserve a visit …

Safety First — But Wait, There’s More

Juggling multiple interests in the improvements to Kennedy Plaza

Metro, Nov 30 2018

by Marly Toledano

Although plans to improve the downtown area have been a topic of conversation in Providence over the past decade, the City …

Ask For Something Sweet

Body, Nov 30 2018

by Star Su

content warning: weight and eating issues Pie or cake? he asks. Cake, you say. He raises his eyebrows. The next afternoon, …

Brief Elemental Things

A conversation with essayist, editor, and translator Eliot Weinberger

Literary, Nov 30 2018

by Wen Zhuang

Robert Atwan likened the essay form to a solitary, restless individual; Montaigne believed essays could only be written in paces; Hilton …

My Finest Jacket

Reimagining the placenta’s place in our birth narrative

Science & Technology, Nov 30 2018

by Mia Pattillo

Though addressing the experience of all placenta-bearing folks, I refer to mothers in this piece using she/her pronouns for the sake …

A Lack of Agency

Climate change tests the brittle Rhode Island bureaucracy

Climate, Nov 30 2018

by Colin Kent-Daggett

This article is the second installment of a month-long series, “Through the Muck,” tackling climate change in Rhode Island. Last December, …

Muckrakers

Forty years ago, student journalists uncovered records of police brutality in Providence

Features, Nov 30 2018

by Ella Comberg & Lucas Smolcic Larson

content warning: graphic descriptions of police brutality In 1980, Steve Kohn returned to the offices of the Providence Human Relations Commission, …

Gross National Cool

Objects I found in Tokyo

Arts, Nov 16 2018

by Liby Hays

While researching my trip to Japan, I was surprised to find that “Gross National Cool” was an actual governmental concern. A …

The Life of Lorimer

Body, Nov 16 2018

by Nicolaia Rips

Lorimer was a zesty youth. His baker made him with lemon rind and bitter vanilla. The lemon was shriveled and white-yellow …

A Black Mirror

Cognitive bias in machine learning

Science & Technology, Nov 16 2018

by Griffin Kao

“These systems are simply mirrors for a biased society,” says Dr. Jerry Kaplan, a professor at Stanford University, speaking about deep …

Four More

Literary, Nov 16 2018

by Eli Makovetsky

OnceChildhood Dismissing worries quickly—like a professional palm reader, you never and always talk to me about bees, their outlines wasted on …

Four Poems

Literary, Nov 16 2018

by Gemma Brand-Wolf

Harmony in Red I cut my foot at the museum, Walked around afraid Trailing blood I looked at the wall between …

Week in Double Deals

News, Nov 16 2018

by Roxanne Barnes & Mia Pattillo

Flushing the Swamp Never in the history of electoral politics has the accusation “My opponent is full of shit” been used …

Tough Love

I came around to Angela Merkel. Now she´s on her way out.

News, Nov 16 2018

by Allison Meakem

Germany’s historically early exit from the World Cup this year wasn’t the summer’s only national tragedy. Almost immediately following the Nationalelf’s …

Building my Ofrenda

Embodying ancestral knowledge in a scientific dystopia

Features, Nov 16 2018

by Jorge Palacios

Though Día de los Muertos is now over, I often think about the ofrendas, or altars, that my mom sets up …

Artificial Sweeteners

Providence navigates urban development

Metro, Nov 16 2018

by Peder S. Schaefer

Last week the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council voted favorably on a bill that would increase the building height …

No Vacancy

Worrisome real estate trends and the fate of Providence's abandoned properties

Metro, Nov 16 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2007 sent Rhode Island’s home prices plummeting and forced thousands of families from …

Through the Wire

Competing visions for a carbon-free electricity grid

Climate, Nov 16 2018

by Harry August & Sara Van Horn

This article is the first installment of a month-long series,“Through the Muck,” tackling climate change in Rhode Island. Everyone in Rhode …

LEARNING FACES

The uncanny horror of deepfake videos

Science & Technology, Nov 10 2018

by Mina Rhee

“Will ‘Deepfakes’ Disrupt the Midterm Election?” reads a recent headline from Wired. Two weeks ago, the New York Times published an …

WHY AM I LONELY FOR LONESOME LOVE?

Emotion and spectacle in Mitski’s Be the Cowboy

Arts, Nov 09 2018

by Iman Husain

I remember a particular moment from my first night on Brown's campus this September when my entire body was enveloped by …

Three Poems

Literary, Nov 09 2018

by Bria Metzger

here we collide Worry me at the tail edge of torn seams, Locked into conversation with the neighbors again About the …

The People’s Council

Rachel Miller reimagines Providence politics

Metro, Nov 09 2018

by Cashen Conroy

On the night of the 2018 Rhode Island primaries, Rachel Miller, a candidate for Providence’s Ward 13 City Council seat, had …

The Children Who Leave and the Burden They Carry

Professor, activist, and journalist Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj on her commitment to justice and fighting for Indigenous communities in Guatemala

News, Nov 09 2018

by Jessica Bram Murphy

content warning: state violence, racism “They leave because they want to break the curse that steals their dreams the moment they …

Week in Puppets

News, Nov 09 2018

by Ella Comberg, Alina Kulman & Liby Hays

DANCE LIKE NOBODY'S WATCHING “This is interpretive dance—also known as Mooch Moves—for my time in the White House.” Last Monday, the …

Data Democracy

Big Data and the pitfalls of targeted campaigning

Science & Technology, Nov 09 2018

by Angie Kim

At a typical phone banking meeting, volunteers cluster around a table or two. They all go to the website that hosts …

Beyond the Candidates

An independent midterms rundown

News, Nov 09 2018

by Mara Dolan, Lucas Smolcic Larson & Paula Pacheco Soto

Here we thread together national stories, revealed not through House or Senate races, but through ballot measures and referendums, speaking to …

No Student Left Behind

The road to cultural competency in CAPS and beyond

Features, Nov 09 2018

by Wen Zhuang

One phenomenon has seen steady rise on college campuses: the influx of international students, from an average of 600,000 in 2013 …

Through the Muck

Introducing an Indy series on climate change in RI

Climate, Nov 09 2018

by Harry August, Ella Comberg & Julia Rock

We have no idea how to think about climate. Over-dramatized headlines responding to last month’s United Nations IPCC report yell at …

We Can't Live on Books Alone

The Fight for Graduate Worker Power

Metro, Nov 09 2018

by Dylan Lewis

Brown University’s Graduate School recently bought two Facebook ads targeting their students’ unionization efforts, one titled “Do You Need a Union,” …

From the Editors

FTE, Oct 26 2018

by SA

As my language becomes mired in loss, trading in expulsions of it starts to feel cheap. Everything I write, sing, or …

Follow Me on Spotify

How music informs individual and social interactions

Science & Technology, Oct 26 2018

by Kristen Whang

Scrolling through the sidebar of my Spotify, I find myself intrigued by what my friends are listening to in real time. …

Week in Subcultures

News, Oct 26 2018

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Liby Hays

POW! WHAM! CHOMP? Let this serve as a lesson to all New England exotic pet owners and comic book lovers: you …

Picture Shows for Roadkill

Literary, Oct 26 2018

by Blake Planty

content warning: animal death, non-consensual intimacy Martin is smoking on the bed with his elbow buried into his thigh and head …

Walking on Eggshells

Tlatelolco, UNAM, and Mexico's resurgent student movement

Features, Oct 26 2018

by Jacob Alabab-Moser

content warning: state violence, gore, gender violence I am WhatsApping my friend Carolina on a Wednesday night in early October in …

Taking Back the Wheel

Lessons from the First Student drivers' strike

Metro, Oct 26 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

Wafaa is eleven years old and attends Nathanael Greene Middle School. She and her younger brother were two of the almost …

Zoo (Dystopia)

A walk through the Roger Williams Zoo

Features, Oct 19 2018

by Jesse Barber

I have been dreaming about seeing a Snow Leopard. My infatuation with animals started before I was born, when my brother …

My Professor told me that since the Beginning of Time Humanity has been concerned about Daisy

This Poem Has Been Written Before on october 2018 in the united states of america

Literary, Oct 19 2018

by Marly Toledano

Don’t sing love songs, you’ll wake my mother She’s sleeping here right by my side And in her right hand a …

Week in Stunts

News, Oct 19 2018

by Sara Van Horn, Matthew Mellea & Liby Hays

ACCIDENTAL ALTERCATIONS In a dramatic reveal last Wednesday, Rhode Island’s very own Joe Trillo acknowledged that yes, okay, he may have …

To Be a Composer is Not Enough

The life and music of Julius Eastman

Arts, Oct 19 2018

by Julian Fox

The last known recording of composer Julius Eastman is his performance in 1981 of an original song cycle entitled “Taking Refuge …

Weed It and Weep

Monsanto, herbicides, and the corporatization of US agriculture

Science & Technology, Oct 19 2018

by Kayli Wren

“We’ve got to turn back 50, 60 years of the way we’re doing agriculture. But it can be done, and I …

The Face of Fascism

Brazil’s presidential election heads for disaster

News, Oct 19 2018

by Gabriela Naigeborin

content warning: political violence, racism, classism, misogyny, sexual violence, homophobia, transphobia, death, torture Public statements made by Jair Messias Bolsonaro, the …

A Recruit Reads the Fine Print

What does it mean to “change the world” in tech?

Science & Technology, Oct 19 2018

by Jessica Dai

content warning: ICE, policing Job recruiting season at universities is a special circle of hell. Each fall, tech, finance, and consulting …

A Life for a Life

Kristen’s Law and the pitfalls of criminalization

Metro, Oct 19 2018

by Katrina Northrop

On different days, in different Rhode Island towns, Sue Coutu and Anthony Hollins both picked up the phone to the news …

Fight to Table

A Pittsburgh international eatery and its politics

Body, Oct 05 2018

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

Dawn Weleski is a Pittsburgher. She talks fast and with a purpose, was “raised on pierogis and pulaski noodles,” and has …

Our Kind of People

Crazy Rich Asians and diasporic representation

Features, Oct 05 2018

by Audrey Therese Buhain

There’s a particular moment in Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians that has left me unsettled for the past few days. …

Yankees Go Home

US approaches to the Venezuelan crisis

News, Oct 05 2018

by Maya Dayan

“America stands with every person living under a brutal regime,” claimed President Trump in his proclamation declaring National Hispanic Heritage Month …

Hotsauce, Honey, and Jam

Metro, Oct 05 2018

by Alina Kulman

It’s the Saturday night championship game for the Providence Roller Derby League, and excitement is running high. “Hips Don’t Lie” by …

Week In Denmark

News, Oct 05 2018

by Sarah Clapp, Julia Rock & Liby Hays

BRICK BY BRICK Conservationists keen on toy block reconstructions of Death Stars and Taj Mahals can finally rejoice: Lego is ditching …

We Don't Live in That Kind of World

Revisiting Thelma and Louise in the second “Year of the Woman”

Arts, Oct 05 2018

by Mara Dolan & Mia Pattillo

content warning: sexual violence Last week, we hosted a dozen women at our house for a screening of Thelma and Louise. …

The Burden of Proof

Dr. Ford, #MeToo, and what we ask from survivors

Features, Oct 05 2018

by Tiara Sharma

content warning: sexual assault There were moments in Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s questioning last week when I had to close my …

Some Notes on Weather, Potentialities, and Limitations

Roni Horn and the Icelandic abyss

Arts, Sep 28 2018

by Wen Zhuang

Preface I recently acquired my first raincoat. It happened at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier in Southeastern Iceland. “If you …

Health Services

Literary, Sep 28 2018

by Luke Perrotta

“Oh, honey.” The paper crinkles when I hop up on the shiny patient bed and face the nurse, whose nametag screams …

Week In Running

News, Sep 28 2018

by Harry August, Ella Comberg & Lucien Turczan-Lipets

Uptown Rats, Not So Whitebread World Billy Joel pointed out that the differences between the girls of the Upper East Side …

Judge, Jury, and Executioner

Life and Death in Nebraska

News, Sep 28 2018

by Julian Fox

cw: graphic depictions of death, racial violence On the night of September 1, 1994, local news anchors Loretta Caroll and John …

Escaping the Textile World

Nudity and community in northern Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 28 2018

by Kayli Wren

The campsite is quintessential New England. Cornfields in the distance, wooden cabins nestled between tall oaks and pines, a cluster of …

Forest for the Trees

"Tree mortality” and fire management in the Sierra Nevada

Science & Technology, Sep 28 2018

by Julia Rock

In March of 2017, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop in Washington D.C. titled “A Century …

Communicating Through Taste and Text

Cake fixes everything (I hope)

Features, Sep 24 2018

by Raina Wellman

Prompted by a request from her parents, Rachel Gelmis received an optional drug test from her Alabama high school. As reported …

From the Editors

FTE, Sep 24 2018

by HA & EC

We’re one week in and feeling the pressure. As Gatehouse media squeezes the ProJo dry and lays off reporters, the void …

Do You Even Rift?

Literary, Sep 24 2018

by Liam Carpenter-Urquhart

Hellnoser Forums Rifter discussion and community news. We can deal with demons, but don’t be a dick. --- Quick Guides for …

Crypto Contra Central Control

Silk Road and the failed 'revolution'

Science & Technology, Sep 24 2018

by Galadriel

Within the last week, the apocalyptically-named “Crypto Crash of 2018” has reached new lows. “Crypto’s 80% Plunge Is Now Worse Than …

Can You Gentrify a Vacant Lot?

The Jewelry District and the myth of the American urban utopia

Metro, Sep 24 2018

by Colin Kent-Daggett

During a Providence Ordinance Committee hearing this July, opponents of the proposed 46-story Fane Tower framed the project as a referendum …

The Urban Landscape Re-imagined in Wood

A humble building material soars to new heights

Science & Technology, Sep 24 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

It is a rare and special occasion when a truly novel building material is made widely available for commercial use. The …

The Wizard Behind the Wall

Rhode Island Democrats' turbulent year

Metro, Sep 24 2018

by Joshua F. Waldman

Last week’s Democratic primaries in Rhode Island capped a year defined by party dysfunction and statehouse discord. The state party followed …

Keeping Families Together (In Detention)

A "new" Flores Settlement and the move from family separation to family imprisonment

News, Sep 24 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

The names and biographical information stated below have been altered to protect the identities of the children and their mothers who …

Week in Shiny Objects

News, Sep 24 2018

by Roxanne Barnes, Sara Van Horn & Liby Hays

Somewhere Under the Rainbow Just over 13 years ago, a pair of iconic ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz was …

Week in Failed Businesses

News, Sep 15 2018

by Ben Bienstock & Sara Van Horn

BLUE AT ONE TIME, GREEN AT ANOTHER This past week, more than 11,000 tourists visited Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, home …

Slips

Getting dressed with glamour

Body, Sep 15 2018

by Cate Turner

The first piece of clothing I ever really loved was a calf-length dress I would now call slip-inspired. It didn't look …

Vocalizing Whiteness

Reversing Minstrelsy in Sorry To Bother You and BlacKkKlansman

Arts, Sep 15 2018

by Marianne Verrone

Within a week of Spike Lee’s autobiographical drama BlacKkKlansman being released, Boots Riley, director of absurdist dark comedy Sorry to Bother …

Urban Birding

Do e-scooters herald an electrified micro-mobility revolution?

Science & Technology, Sep 15 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

On March 27, 2018, Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird Rides Inc., released an open letter to the CEOs of …

The House on Keene Steet

College Hill reads the zoning code

Metro, Sep 15 2018

by Harry August & Ella Comberg

Along College Hill’s Keene Street, identical teal blue signs placed in nearly every yard point to a street united. Unlike other …

When Yes Means No

On the violence waged despite of, and through, consent

Features, Sep 15 2018

by Tiara Sharma

Four years ago, institutions of higher education across the country began switching out “No Means No” for a “Yes Means Yes” …

Private Eyes

Cambridge Analytica and the new frontier of internet privacy

News, Apr 20 2018

by Marly Toledano

This past month, Cambridge Analytica has made its way into our consciousness and, for those of us unfortunate enough to be …

The Human Gaze

Photography, objectivity, and the National Geographic Twins

Science & Technology, Apr 20 2018

by Soraya Ferdman

This April, National Geographic published an issue dedicated entirely to the subject of race. On the cover was a photograph of …

Three Poems

Literary, Apr 20 2018

by Sienna Giraldi & Will Weatherly

into its own fixless dew-thighed-today i set out to find my missing vowels with me i have only the things you …

The New School

Expressionistic recollections of a night in virtual reality

Arts, Apr 20 2018

by Liby Hays

The worst part about virtual reality is how flagrantly interesting it is. You bring it up and everyone within earshot turns …

Social Fabrics

Connecting and crafting online

Science & Technology, Apr 20 2018

by Paige Parsons

One long string of yarn, when arranged correctly, can become any number of shapes a person could want to wear on …

Missing the Mark

The reality of the gun control debate in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 20 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

On April 10, hundreds of people packed the galleries of the RI State House. As the House Judiciary Committee voted to …

Means to a Beginning

The stakes of academic freedom in the context of the Palestine/Israel conflict

Features, Apr 20 2018

by D.A.M.A.J.

On Thursday, March 8, the Brown Middle East Studies department hosted a panel discussion titled “Permission to Speak: Boycott and Politics …

Week in Unrequited Love

News, Apr 20 2018

by Sara Van Horn, Mariela Pichardo & Emma Kofman

Say No to Marriage According to relationship guru magazine, Cosmopolitan, one in four women will turn down a marriage proposal in …

Home-Field Disadvantage

The PawSox take a swing at the State House

Metro, Apr 12 2018

by Ian Stevenson

Three years after plans for the construction of a new Minor League Baseball stadium in Providence fell through, the State House …

Soft Power

Petra Collins and the problem with the female gaze

Arts, Apr 12 2018

by Jane Argodale

Two women press their cheeks together, with dark hair falling in their faces and lips parted to reveal the radiant white …

The Shame of the Cities

Renderings, reality TV, and obsessive urbanism

Arts, Apr 12 2018

by Ella Comberg

There’s an image of the proposed Providence streetcar that keeps me up at night. It depicts the corner of Empire and …

Priced Out

DARE's fight for rent stabilization

Metro, Apr 12 2018

by Mariela Pichardo

Federal Hill couple Butch and Madonna Trottier, aged 78 and 76 years old respectively, spent three months of the past year …

Behind the Braids

Students, farmworkers, and the Fair Food Program

News, Apr 12 2018

by Natalie Lerner

During spring of 2015, my first year at Brown, I participated in a campus-wide movement called #MoneyTalksAtBrown. This student-organized march and …

Week in Hot Takes

News, Apr 12 2018

by Jack Brook, Marly Toledano & Lucas Smolcic Larson

With Flying Colors When Nick Burchill arrived at Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel in April, 2001, he was carrying a suitcase full …

In the Mind of the Mall

Consumer mazes, online and off

Science & Technology, Apr 06 2018

by Emma Kofman

I got lost trying to go see what it’s like to get lost in an American mall—the hallmark of teen movies, …

White Dreams and Soiled Memories

Features, Apr 06 2018

by Jorge Palacios

content warning: sexual violence I walk outside and am met with morning dew in the grass and morning crust in my …

From the Editors

FTE, Apr 06 2018

by JA

I romanticize air travel far too much. When I'm slogging through school and work, I fantasize about the departure and arrival …

Night of the Four Moons

Crumb, Lorca, and Harmony with Space

Arts, Apr 06 2018

by Seamus Flynn

Every US president since the 1970s has announced some new plan to send humans back into space. Besides ‘inspiring millions,’ those …

Leaving the Dungeon

Rhode Island sex workers and the prospect of a union

Metro, Apr 06 2018

by Katrina Northrop

The one-story wood framed building, located just a few blocks from the Rhode Island State House, used to be home to …

Who Counts?

The end-to-end census test in Providence County

Metro, Apr 06 2018

by Julia Rock

It is no small task to count the nearly 326 million people who live in the United States and its territories. …

Week in Facebook

News, Apr 06 2018

by Julia Rock & Graham Straus

Analog Apology Much to the surprise of everyone, Mark Zuckerberg apologized to humanity last week for the harm he has caused …

Let’s Run to the Womb and Back

Literary, Mar 23 2018

by Tatiana Dubin

the small explosion did it, skyward you tumbled too. chapped limbs smacking sunrays good morning. shoulders of honeycrisp apples, the bitten …

A Threatening Isolation

An evolution of attitudes toward bacteria in research and medicine

Science & Technology, Mar 23 2018

by Sam Fredericks

Alone in an agar dish, an E. coli bacterium lives just as it would in the bowels of a dog or …

Looking Like You

A review of the 2018 RISD Faculty Exhibition

Arts, Mar 23 2018

by Eliza Chen

One time, during the bizarre event that is my primary studio course at RISD, we spent two hours thinking hard, in …

To the Benefit of Few

The histories of the Providence Preservation Society

Metro, Mar 23 2018

by Kerrick Edwards & Ilan Desai-Geller

102 Benefit Street, the Gershom Jones-John Howland House, is built on land that was first developed by Abraham Whipple, a captain …

Who is Deemed Worthy

How America has delegitimized Black youth activism

News, Mar 23 2018

by Mia Pattillo

On February 20, nearly a week after the Parkland High School shooting, 100 students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School …

Week in Messy Politics

News, Mar 23 2018

by Julia Rock, Julia Petrini & Will Weatherly

Revolutionary Criminals People who work for the government in Rhode Island aren’t the best at playing by the rules. In the …

Eat 'em

Literary, Mar 15 2018

by Tabitha Payne

I’ve figured it out The trick is eat everyone Eat ‘em all Put ‘em in your belly They can’t be mean …

On Layli Long Soldier's Whereas

Arts, Mar 15 2018

by Tatiana Dubin

On November 28th, 1795—a chilly day in Bristol, just weeks after the French Revolution began grinding its wheels—English poet Samuel Coleridge …

"Hold Fort for Love Forever"

Björk’s Utopia, and ours

Arts, Mar 15 2018

by Mica Chau

It’s November 2017, and I’m shuffling through wintry New England weather, the chill biting through my half-zipped parka. I am aware …

Summer After Moonlight

On why we are glad Call Me By Your Name didn’t win Best Picture

Features, Mar 15 2018

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber, Paula Pacheco Soto & Emma Lloyd

Queer films represent a break from mainstream cinema, which is usually intent on depicting heterosexual romance. In the past few years, …

Banking on Change

Ending pipeline financing through public pressure

Metro, Mar 15 2018

by Sara Van Horn

Last Thursday, the FANG Collective and the Shame on Citizens campaign celebrated a victory after learning that Citizens Bank had ended …

Sick Days

Individualized healthcare and corporatized well-being

Science & Technology, Mar 15 2018

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Of the many protest signs from last week written in that perfect classroom-style, magic-marker-on-cardstock lettering, more than one read: “I’d take …

Walking Out

The West Virginia teachers strike and the future of American labor

News, Mar 15 2018

by Jane Argodale

On February 22, 35,000 teachers in all 55 West Virginia counties walked out on their jobs, shutting down public schools statewide …

Week in Growing Industries

News, Mar 15 2018

by Soraya Ferdman & Marly Toledano

Reasons to Lyft After a long Saturday night and a few too many tequila shots, sometimes the only thing the uninhibited …

Derby

X, Mar 09 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Breaking Time

An interview with novelist Max Winter

Metro, Mar 09 2018

by Liam Greenwell

Max Winter does not know why he was fired from the Brown Bookstore two weeks after Exes, his novel, was bought …

Bodies of the Water

The Bogotá River and Tequendama Falls

Arts, Mar 09 2018

by Maria Camila Arbelaez Solano

Pollution Two great floods are burned into my memories of those days. Memory, for a child immigrant, often feels like a …

Imagining the Black Cowboy

Recovering an alternative history of the West

Features, Mar 09 2018

by Babette Thomas

On a Wednesday afternoon, I’m sitting in the conference style classroom of my workshop in front of a dark wood table …

Love Never Fails

Car Seat Headrest and my twin fantasies

Arts, Mar 09 2018

by Cate Turner

The February release of Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) wreaked more psychological havoc on me than any other …

Lessons on Corporeal Grammar

Body, Mar 09 2018

by Anna Hundert

There’s something unfailingly secure about reciting charts of conjugated verbs. Something about the rhythm, the way everything seems to fit neatly …

Selling Small

(Mis)Adventures in branding the Ocean State

Metro, Mar 09 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

In March 2016, Rhode Island made an ill-fated foray into the wild world of state-branding. Lawmakers put $5 million into the …

Tractor Hack

The fight for the right to repair

Science & Technology, Mar 09 2018

by Julia Rock

Tom Schwarz is a farmer in Bertrand, Nebraska, where he lives on the same farm his family has owned for five …

Head-to-Toe in All American

USCIS, the Olympics, and the paradigm of the exemplary immigrant

News, Mar 09 2018

by Wen Zhuang

A clear voice amid the static: “I will be rewarded. I worked my hardest and I will be rewarded.” The pronouncement …

Week in Strange Competition

News, Mar 09 2018

by Sara Van Horn, Sydney Anderson & Eve Zelickson

Fighting for Fitness When it comes to national security threats, you’ve heard of North Korea, you’ve heard of Russia’s troll farms, …

Chismeando con Ruben

A Conversation with Queer Xicano Chisme

Features, Mar 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

In English, the word chisme translates to gossip. Chisme is a cultural practice in Latin American and diaspora communities, an implicit …

Watching the Olympics on TV

Thoughts on those very wonderful games

Arts, Mar 02 2018

by Isabelle Rea

Every couple of years, the normal schedule of televised sport is upset by a two week long global tournament of sports …

Navigating Happiness

Reaching past self-care

Occult, Mar 02 2018

by Gabriela Naigeborin

One of the threads linking so-called “global cities” together runs through their subway tracks. I always found it soothing to ride …

Against the Wind

Climate discourse and its call to action

Science & Technology, Mar 02 2018

by Ted Catlin

“Providence has a troubled but productive history with the sea,” Barnaby Evans said to the attendees of the monthly Jewelry District …

Without Report

Tension following allegations in Rhode Island schools

Metro, Mar 02 2018

by Emma Gavlin

content warning: sexual and racial violence in schools. In July 2016 the Rhode Island General Assembly made a change to the …

Our Collective Resistance

AMOR's rapid response to state violence

Metro, Mar 02 2018

by Mariela Pichardo

Lincoln, Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon never returned home on January 17. While attending a routine check-in meeting with Immigration and …

The Hand that Feeds You

Columbia graduate workers give a lesson in labor

News, Mar 02 2018

by Will Weatherly

content warning: sexual harassment On February 1, a group of graduate workers and faculty at Columbia University gathered in front of …

Week in Unwanted Commodities

News, Mar 02 2018

by Harry August, Paige Parsons & Mara Dolan

Repent, Reuse, Recycle “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” This is the Genesis verse heard around the …

Gone Fishin'

X, Feb 16 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Carnivore

Literary, Feb 16 2018

by Emma Kofman

Sometimes I lie on the bed and my body lists towards your softer side and I pretend that it is your …

Sun-less Sunset

On the collected and the collective in Chris Marker and Penelope Umbrico

Arts, Feb 16 2018

by Wen Zhuang

“One day, I’ll have to put it all alone at the beginning of the film. He told that if they don’t …

Blender

Bio/digital computation and flucuations of form

Science & Technology, Feb 16 2018

by Jonah Max

I. Forest The peat bogs and flooded fens of Northern Rhode Island are rich entanglements, marshy lands where matter collides with …

In the Meantime

Providence public school students circumvent a doomed architecture

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ella Comberg

When Alice Rayner was a senior in high school, they wrote a blog post for “the Purple Pages,” a Tumblr account …

A Loss for Words

Do we have to change our language before we can change our ideas?

Features, Feb 16 2018

by Jane Argodale

Contemporary debates on free speech, political correctness, and identity politics have all taken up language as a site of contention. Figures …

Five Ring Activism

NOlympics LA and global resistance to the Olympic Games

News, Feb 16 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

In 1932, while millions of unemployed Americans waited in breadlines, Los Angeles hosted the Olympics for the first time. Leading up …

Week in Kingdom Animalia

News, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott & Will Weatherly

Birdbrains “It is the things we love most that destroy us,” wrote Suzanne Collins in the third book of the Hunger …

FTE

FTE, Feb 16 2018

by FA

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Court House lately. It’s even more of a caricature of itself in …

Untitled Poem About Nazbol

Literary, Feb 09 2018

by Nikita Sungatov & translated from Russian by Signe Swanson

*** yekaterina volkova: singer, actress, former lover of eduard limonov back in his day he dedicated many poems to her they …

The Veil and What It Holds

Beyond a cultural relativist perspective

Features, Feb 09 2018

by Orwa Mohamad

Rising nationalist sentiments in Western countries have put religious freedom under attack. With President Trump placing a ban on the entry …

I'm Not Going Anywhere

Architecture, Columbus, and the possibilities of caring

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Josh Wartel

In 2009, Texas Monthly published a long story recounting the relationship between a mother, Ann McClamrock, and her son, John. John …

On Scrolling

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Scrolling is the single gesture–besides maybe walking or blinking–that I perform most in my everyday life. Two fingers, or maybe just …

Day Zero

What happens when the taps run dry?

News, Feb 09 2018

by Chris Packs

Last week, in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, a fight broke out on a typically quiet cul-de-sac. The instigator, who …

Bread, Slowly, Painstakingly

Body, Feb 09 2018

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

I’ve started talking about bread like some people talk about finding a particularly inspiring spinning instructor. Nobody talks about finding religion, …

A Future You Can Believe In

China and the advent of the Social Credit System

Science & Technology, Feb 09 2018

by Hal Triedman

Every internet user leaves crumbs of data behind—clicks, scrolls, advertisement views, website visits, location check-ins—a mountain of information, compounding every day. …

No LNG in PVD

Utility justice in South Providence and Washington Park

Metro, Feb 09 2018

by Cecelia Tamburro

Monica Huertas is a community activist and mother of four. She lives in Lower South Providence, and the health of her …

Week in Bad Role Models

News, Feb 09 2018

by Eve Zelickson, Ivy Scott & Harry August

Don’t Drink & Drone The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had until September 30, 2015 to establish comprehensive rules for the use …

Week in Civil Disobedience

News, Feb 02 2018

by Ella Comberg, Soraya Ferdman & Kayli Wren

#CHRISTIESTILLHATESTRANSPORTATIONLAWSGATE Four years after #Bridgegate flooded Twitter, Chris Christie’s name is once again under fire over a gate scandal. Then, it …

Priming the Capital

Amazon’s bidding war and the allure of corporate takeover

News, Feb 02 2018

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single corporation in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of …

A Different Shade of Blue

Inside the ‘big tent’ of Rhode Island's Democratic Party

Metro, Feb 02 2018

by Harry August

In Rhode Island, the label of “Democrat” doesn’t mean all that much. Despite its reputation for being as blue as the …

Singing a Different Tune

Grad Party and the queer storytelling of “Pretty Boy”

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Anna Hundert

As a genre, the love song has a fraught history of reinforcing particular frameworks within the heterosexual matrix. The male singer-songwriter, …

This is Drought

The long view of water shortage in California

Science & Technology, Feb 02 2018

by Paige Parsons

In the Kitchen Green vines grow up my backyard fence beyond my kitchen window, looking down over my neighbor’s fresh green …

Rainbow Saviors

On the politics of (not) coming out

Features, Feb 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

cw: homophobia, sexual assault. The first accusation of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey surfaced on October 29, 2017 by actor Anthony …

Ursula, Oh Ursula

What do you do when your favorite person dies?

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Eliza Chen

After the death of a great artist such as Ursula Le Guin, the inevitably lesser person writing the memoriam (in this …

Kebab a ČÍna

Veganism, multiculturalism, and culinary tradition in the Czech Republic

Body, Feb 02 2018

by Jane Argodale

On a Saturday afternoon in the Czech city of Brno, my friend and I sat inside Forky’s, a vegan restaurant, shoveling …

Buccaneers

Literary, Feb 02 2018

by Pia Struzzieri

“Tell me a story,” he says. They’re sitting crouched in the corner of the room. Amanda has upended a table so …

Fish Filet

X, Feb 02 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Dear Indy...

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Will Tavlin

Submit your questions anonymously for the Indy advice columnhere. Dear Indy, I’ve just been ghosted by my Tinder date. It feels …

From Molding to Demolding

Musings on casting, the Internet, and the things in between

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by William Samosir

The below diagram is a non-comprehensive illustration of a casting procedure. Casting commences by wrapping a blanket of material around a …

Inspiring Angels

Freakery and resistance in AIDS crisis performance

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by Cate Turner

In 1970s San Francisco, to be gay was often to be spectacular. The Angels of Light, a free theatre formed in …

The Railroad Lie

Trains and nostalgia

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In a May 1867 letter to the San Francisco Alta California, Mark Twain wrote: “A railroad is like a lie—you have …

La Lucha Sigue

Migrant protection after the TPS repeal

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

On November 6, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke scheduled the termination of the temporary protected status for Nicaraguan citizens, …

Civil Death

RI statute removes civil rights from incarcerated people with life sentences

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Alicia Mies

In his cell at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva has slept without winter clothing and in unsanitary living …

Greener on the Other Side

Climate justice activists hold California Governor accountable at world summit

News, Dec 01 2017

by Mara Dolan

The group members, huddling together in the German winter, have banners strewn across their shoulders. Unfurled only moments ago, their messages …

Week in Post-Apocalypse

News, Dec 01 2017

by Mark Benz, Sophie Kasakove, Patrick McMenamin, Eve Zelickson & Will Weatherly

A Fizzling Housing Market Like a specter haunting Middle America, the remnants of Cold War industry are making for a strange …

The Trials of Odysseus and Me but Mostly Me

Literary, Nov 17 2017

by Aya Cheaito & Fadwa Ahmed

Perhaps it was the milk of the moon I drank tonight. Rivers poured vehemently. Poseidon. The sea was not as cold …

Vinegar, not Jam

A magical, maximalist artist

Features, Nov 17 2017

by Marielle Burt

“The Two of Swords! This card is something to fear. It means stability, equilibrium. Of course! I’m fucking terrified of stability,” …

Book Reviews

Arts, Nov 17 2017

by Liby Hays

New Releases / Reissues Cunny Poem by Bunny Rogers Cunny Poem is a collection of Bunny Rogers’s poetry written between 2012 …

The World Under Glass

Mars, money, and matter in Arizona

Science & Technology, Nov 17 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Once upon a time in the 1980s, a Texas oil magnate, an architect, a systems theorist, and a hippie-businessman-scientist re-made the …

A Winding Path

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Harry August

Providence is a divided city. Physical barriers—both natural, such as the Providence River, and manmade, like the I-95 highway system—work to …

A House Musuem

Mystery in the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum

Arts, Nov 17 2017

by Isabelle Rea

Underneath the premiere painting of the Isabella Stewart Gardner collection, Titian’s Europa, hangs the skirt of Isabella Gardner’s own ball gown. …

No Delusions

A conversation with Dr. Maung Zarni on the Rohingya genocide

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Chris Packs & Isabel DeBre

content warning: state violence, sexual violence, genocide, Islamophobia, graphic bodily mutilation This fall, the persecution of Rohingya people overwhelmed global media …

Week in Party Animals

News, Nov 17 2017

by Julia Rock, Julia Petrini & Kelton Ellis

THE POLISH WAY Last week, the Polish Health Ministry released a public service announcement encouraging it citizens to “breed like rabbits.” …

Week in Unresolved Cases

News, Nov 10 2017

by Harry August & Eve Zelickson

Iditaroids The walls of my boyhood room, once decorated with Sports Illustrated Kids centerfolds of Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, …

Embody

Literary, Nov 10 2017

by Tara Sharma

I spend the first week of May writing about bodies. I sit at library desks for two hours at a time …

Vision Machines

Apocalypse & virtual deterrence in Southland Tales

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Robin Manley

content warning: suicide The world never quite ends in Southland Tales. When a nuclear detonation interrupts an idyllic suburban afternoon in …

My Cromwell

On the fantasies of Wolf Hall

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Isabelle Rea

I’d seen the book around the house, collapsed on different surfaces. I had heard remnants of kingly names and dark adjectives …

A Constructed Divide

Puerto Rican migrants and the future of a people

Features, Nov 10 2017

by Soraya Ferdman

There are few things more difficult to talk about, even fewer to be hopeful about, than the future of my island. …

The Politics of Fragmentation

Mobilizing for secularism in sectarian Lebanon

News, Nov 10 2017

by Isabel DeBre

On November 4, Saad Hariri resigned as Prime Minister of Lebanon, shocking the country. “I sensed what’s being woven in secret …

Outcomes

Occult, Nov 10 2017

by Lena Nygren

I am thinking of you every day. I love you. Do you remember when we planted a red gumball in the …

Call Against Arms

A new RI law restricts gun ownership for domestic abusers

Metro, Nov 10 2017

by Jack Brook

content warning: suicide, murder, infanticide In 2013, a Providence woman, fearing for her life, applied for a final protective order against …

Greater Welfare

Nixon’s Family Assistance Plan and the contemporary debate over Universal Basic Incomes

Features, Nov 10 2017

by David Golden

Since the Great Recession, proposals for a radical transformation of the American welfare state have appeared in think-tank proposals and newspapers …

Criminal Treatment

Rhode Island’s efforts to treat opioid-use disorders in its prison population

Metro, Nov 10 2017

by Julia Rock

Michael is set to leave the prison in two days, ending an 80 day sentence for possession of a controlled substance. …

Super Like

X, Nov 03 2017

by Fabiola Millan

Ouchy

X, Nov 03 2017

by Nicole Cochary

Pissed Pants Academy

Literary, Nov 03 2017

by Liby Hays

It was the day I met Paula Abdul on an airplane, and she was very beautiful, very glamorous, and she was …

The Art of Flower Power

Visual appropriation during the Vietnam War

Arts, Nov 03 2017

by Zak Nguyen

In the late 1960s, American poet Allen Ginsberg developed the idea of Flower Power in his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as …

Five Movies on Small Screens

Science & Technology, Nov 03 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Rear Window (1955) University Building Auditorium I saw this for class. We were supposed to think about the male gaze and …

Chronicle of a Fraud Foretold

The dilemmas and pitfalls of voting in Venezuela’s rigged elections

News, Nov 03 2017

by Oriana van Praag

"You have a house, and you know there are thieves around. If the thieves are going to break into your house, …

Eat Up

Thoughts on the body horror of Raw

Body, Nov 03 2017

by Audrey Chisholm

content warning: gore, eating disorder Before it hit the US, Julia Ducournau’s debut film Raw generated early buzz for its allegedly …

Bringing It Home

Rosa Parks’ house for public history and political action

Metro, Nov 03 2017

by Kerrick Edwards & Erin West

content warning: racism, police violence This coming March, Providence will become a home for a memorial to one of the most …

Edges and Borders

New luxury student housing on Canal Street

Metro, Nov 03 2017

by Ella Comberg

Rhode Island is building. New residential projects are popping up all over the state, but the bulk of development is concentrated …

Week in Royalty

News, Nov 03 2017

by Pia Mileaf-Patel, Sydney Anderson & Liz Cory

Purple Reign This week’s saddening use of zeugma ([zoog-ma] noun: a figure of speech in which a word applies to two …

Two Poems

Literary, Oct 27 2017

by Ashley Dun

content warning: body horror, sexual violence Princess Pāramitā I thought I told you to stop coming here. You make me sick, …

Suspicion

Science & Technology, Oct 27 2017

by Zak Ziebell

There’s been plenty written about post-truth in the wake of last year’s presidential election, but reading commentary that doesn’t suffer from …

Broodiness, Bodies, and Becomings

A meditative exploration of the egg

Science & Technology, Oct 27 2017

by Shannon Kingsley

I. Positionality She sits hunched in the small wooden crate, feathers plumed, motionless. I slip my fingers underneath her feathers to …

A Ghoulish Passage from Lesser to Greater Perfection

An illustrated account of how I attended the TransWorld Halloween and Attractions Show and left perfected in every aspect of my being

Arts, Oct 27 2017

by Liby Hays

After attending TransWorld Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis Missouri, my life’s project was completed and I attained perfection. There …

Revolution Navigators

Empowerment and critical thought in the Rhode Island Urban Debate League

Metro, Oct 27 2017

by Jack Brook

Inside an auditorium in Brown University on Saturday afternoon, October 21st, the Joker, Darth Vader, and Rosie the Riveter listen to …

Free Lunch

Pawtucket schools provide food to all students

Metro, Oct 27 2017

by Katrina Northrop

At least 40 percent of children in Pawtucket schools do not have a lunch to bring to school everyday. More than …

No Clashes

One genealogy of state violence

Features, Oct 27 2017

by MCAS

content warning: sexual violence, suicide “To my daughter I will say, when men come, set yourself on fire.” –Warsan Shire, Teaching …

Breaking Bonds

Countering legislative violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa

News, Oct 27 2017

by Marly Toledano

content warning: abuse, rape, suicide Last April, on Beirut’s seaside promenade, wedding dresses billowed in the wind. The dresses were torn, …

The Lights Coming Down

An oral history of Aurora

Features, Oct 27 2017

by Will Weatherly, Sophie Kasakove, Maya Björnson & Nora Gosselin

If you live in Providence, it is likely that you have attended an event at Aurora at some point during its …

Week in Purgatory

News, Oct 27 2017

by Paige Parsons, Isabelle Rea & Nora Gosselin

Last Boarding Call to Hell The airline industry seems sinister in its everyday workings, occupying our heavenly realm with 6000 fuel-burning, …

Reading Comprehension

Literary, Oct 20 2017

by Kasturi Pananjady

Inspired by Arundhati Roy content warning: sexual harassment A Note to a Safety Presentation by a Commissariat de Police de Paris …

Spaghetti Masala

Learning (from) recipes

Metabolics, Oct 20 2017

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

I’m planning to make a batch of dal this weekend. The fall weather in Providence makes me want to stir something …

After Warhol

Expanding curating practices at the RISD Museum

Arts, Oct 20 2017

by Marly Toledano

In contemporary depictions of museum, galleries are often conceived of as very sterile spaces. Manicured white walls like those at New …

El Pueblo Unido

Lessons from the Chilean student movement

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: police brutality Santiago de Chile, 2013. I clearly remember the first time I was arrested: it was a day …

Mt. Hope is Pokanoket

Metro, Oct 20 2017

by Students, Alumni for Po Metacom Camp & the Progressive Student Organization

TheIndependentreceived this joint statement by Students and Alumni for Po Metacom Camp (SAPMC) and the Providence chapter of the Progressive Student …

Sound and then Fury

The azaan in the Islamophobic West

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Sheena Raza Faisal

In a video posted on Twitter on September 13, White Woman A stares wide-eyed into her selfie-cam. The azaan plays loudly …

Emerging Borders

Independence struggles in Kurdistan and Catalonia

News, Oct 20 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

In the weeks leading up to the October 1 Catalonian vote on the region’s independence, tens of thousands of people flooded …

Treat with Respect

Paths towards recovery in Rhode Island's opioid epidemic

Science & Technology, Oct 20 2017

by Nora Gosselin

content warning: drug-related death, addiction Say you’re locked in a room with a glass of water. The water has a small …

Unidos por Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican efforts in Rhode Island after Hurricane Maria

Metro, Oct 20 2017

by Mariela Pichardo

Belen Florez’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing last Tuesday. Nearly every five minutes, the screen of the cordless phone of JP Foley …

Week in Bittersweet Bites

News, Oct 20 2017

by Signe Swanson, Anna Hundert & Julia Tompkins

A Star Dies in “Holy Wood” Hugh Hefner is dead. He died of chronic old age on September 27 at the …

Morphologies

X, Oct 06 2017

by Liby Hays

What a Mess!

On the stakes of the personal essay

Arts, Oct 06 2017

by Lisa Borst

GAITSKILL The personal essay, according to some, is in a tough spot. Last spring, Jia Tolentino wrote in the New Yorker …

Breaking, Bread

How tradition dictates Russia's relationship to Belarus

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Signe Swanson

In Saint Petersburg, Russia, the words ‘traditional cuisine’ stand guard on so many restaurant signs. They are so pervasive that to …

Synthetic Lovers

Love Dolls in companionship and subjugation

Metabolics, Oct 06 2017

by Maya Brauer

The supple texture of its simulated flesh yields to my fingers of flesh and blood. Gaze fixated upon something in the …

La Leyenda de la Llorona

Folkloric tales of the weeping woman and her wails

Occult, Oct 06 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

content warning: racial violence In the beginning, we sleep on the hot tongue inside some tropical animal. The sky blooms open …

The Borders in the Camp

How the UN and NGOs are neglecting African refugees

News, Oct 06 2017

by Tal Frieden

I stepped into the Mediterranean sun outside Thessaloniki’s international airport to meet Maurizio, a curt Italian man. He leads the Firdaus …

Hiding Places

Metro, Oct 06 2017

by Rudy Kai

Under a bush on Blackstone Boulevard. The harbor from up on the barrier. Waterplace Park. Under the bridge on Francis Street. …

Mi Puerto Rico

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Sebastián Otero, Soraya Ferdman, AnaSofía Velázquez & Ella Scholz

The Cuban writer and revolutionary José Martí coined the term= “patria es humanidad”––homeland is humanity. After Hurricane María hit my island, …

Guarding Safety

The contentious implementation of the Providence Community Safety Act

Metro, Oct 06 2017

by Julia Rock

“The community of Providence won this campaign, not the politicians and not the police, but us. We worked on this ordinance …

Week in Sad Developments

News, Oct 06 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Sydney Anderson & Julia Petrini

LOCK THEM UP! Remember last year when the words ‘email’ and ‘scandal’ were inseparable? When your friend mentioned emails over lunch, …

Dear Indy...

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Lisa Borst, Will Tavlin & Erin West

Dear Indy, Thoughts on PDA? LB: Despite long being an object of public scrutiny, regulation, judgment, and fantasy, the thing about …

To Melt

The politics of soft steel

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Odette Blaisdell

Steel is about leaning on an edge. Whether bending, shaping, cutting, or welding, I must always wait for the metal to …

Bleach

What does it mean when East Asians go blonde?

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

cw: racism, suicide A couple of weeks ago, Kim Kardashian bleached her hair blonde—again. The first time was back in March …

Solarpunk

On the aesthetics of optimism

Science & Technology, Sep 29 2017

by Liam Carpenter-Urquhart

In 1984, William Gibson published his seminal cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. The novel was a transformative event, and not only because it …

DACA Has Never Been Enough

Supporting justice for all undocumented people

News, Sep 29 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

On September 18, over 70 undocumented students disrupted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s news conference in San Francisco. They were protesting …

The Vietnam Syndrome

Losing the middle ground in Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Will Weatherly

cw: war, police violence, racism The speaker speaks and the truth still leakswhere even Richard Nixon has got soul... Neil Young, …

Twuz Dark

Literary, Sep 29 2017

by Ava Zeichner

As the soon-to-be hero grows older it ventures further from the peasant village. The peasants fear for it a little. They …

The Road to Resilience

Raimondo's new plan to protect Providence

Metro, Sep 29 2017

by Harry August

Three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston and two days before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, Shell Oil Company …

A Community Blossoms in Fox Point

Providence garden offers members food and friendship

Metro, Sep 29 2017

by Cashen Conroy

At the entrance of the Fox Point Community Garden in Providence, a painted sign greets guests: “Welcome visitors! You can pick …

Week in Bad Progress

News, Sep 29 2017

by Mara Dolan, Julia Rock & Mariela Pichardo

Chronicles of Nambia It was a busy week of making peace, making deals, and making enemies. With a flourish of a …

Metastasis

On radiation, migration, and remembrance

Occult, Sep 22 2017

by Jessica Jiang

content warning: cancer, state violence My mother has a list of rules. Never drink soy milk (the estrogen might interfere with …

Week in the Home of the Whopper

News, Sep 22 2017

by Julia Petrini, Eve Zelickson & Jack Brook

Burger Kremlin? Step aside, loyalty cards. Cryptocurrencies are set to revolutionize reward programs by enabling trading of one’s accumulated assets online. …

From the Editors

FTE, Sep 22 2017

by FA

When a storm is on its way, I can tell from the dull ache I get in the bones that I …

Spreading Sanctuary

Queer refugees and the LGBTQ+ asylum process

News, Sep 22 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: anti-queer and trans violence, torture. There is no clear sense of when the raids began. Human Rights Watch suggests …

Keeping Time

Changes at the RI Historical Society

Metro, Sep 22 2017

by Kanika Gupta

Phoebe Bean walked past the library on 121 Hope Street in Providence every day while attending Brown University, yet never had …

Silk on the Brain

On biotechnology, poetry, and worms

Science & Technology, Sep 22 2017

by Paige Parsons

The domesticated silkworm, bombyx mori, has become more human than its wild counterparts: its silken cocoon inflated to be more lucrative …

No Apologies

Following Representative Moira Walsh's path to the Capitol

Metro, Sep 22 2017

by Caroline Sprague

The Rhode Island General Assembly’s youngest Representative—26 year-old Moira Jayne Walsh—thinks her colleagues have it all wrong when they avoid canvassing …

The Naked Dead

How the Haitian zombie was stripped of its meaning

Features, Sep 22 2017

by Marielle Burt

content warning: slavery, racial violence, sexual violence “Your grandmother has always operated by her own logic.” This is how my father …

Digital Inheritance

Identity and imagery in the blue light of nostalgia

Arts, Sep 22 2017

by Theia Flynn & Annabelle Chace

ON THE VISUAL IMPACT OF THE E-CARD “Having a great time, wish you were wired!” “Traveling the Net? Miss your buddies …

Behind the Bag Ban

A look at reusing and recycling in RI environmental policy

Science & Technology, Sep 21 2017

by Ted Catlin

This past spring, two communities in Rhode Island, Newport and Middletown, banned single-use plastic bags. Both bans were passed unanimously by …

Defending DACA

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Marianna McMurdock, Katrina Northrop & Saanya Jain

What you need to know: On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced his decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood …

The Right to Identify

An upcoming municipal ID program in Providence

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Katrina Northrop

Entering a public library, opening a bank account, accessing government social services: to many, these processes seem simple. Carrying a card …

Week in Lifestyle Improvement

News, Sep 15 2017

by Soraya Ferdman, Eve Zelickson & Nora Gosselin

Aw Shucks Since when has keeping up with the internet age meant automating oyster consumption? I don’t know. But apparently it …

False Dogs

X, Sep 15 2017

by Liby Hays

Poems from the Series Postcards for Mira

Literary, Sep 15 2017

by Marly Toledano

“It’s 8:54 a.m. in Brooklyn it’s the 26th of July and it’s probably 8:54 in Manhattan but I’m in Brooklyn” -Ted …

Hard Coding

DNA, digital storage, and the matter of memory

Science & Technology, Sep 15 2017

by Jonah Max

The world is beset by a global hunger for memory. SD memory cards, solid state drives, CD-ROMs, reels of magnetic tape—these …

Swimming Through Emotional Worlds

A Conversation with Rachel Glaser

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Anna Hundert

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the short story collection Pee on Water (2010), the novel Paulina & Fran (2015) …

Pins Over Needles

Radical acupuncture in the Bronx and Providence

Metabolics, Sep 15 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

The year 1970 marked the height of a heroin epidemic in the United States. The drug detoxification program at Lincoln Hospital …

The Storm on the Ground

Local and national reporting on Hurricane Harvey

News, Sep 15 2017

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

Before Hurricane Harvey hit on August 25, panic descended on the Texas coast. “There was a really nasty rumor going around …

An Artist's Contract

Visions toward a more just art economy

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Jack Manoogian

On May 17th, New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s piece Untitled was bought at auction for $110.5 million. The painting, sold at …

Zero Ground

Reflections on collective trauma

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Zack Kligler

The Atacama Desert, which spans 50,000 square miles on the Western side of the Andes, is known as the driest place …

Blood Burden

Pursuing justice for all menstruating bodies

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Mara Dolan

content warning: sexual assault, incarceration, anti-trans violence The tampon tax will not die. In 2015, when President Obama was asked by …

Wearing Your Politics

On fashion as political expression

Features, Apr 23 2017

by Shavon Bell

Confession: when listening to TLC’s hit 1992 song, “Hat 2 Da Back”, I too, often turn my hat 2 da back. …

Real Black Magic

Reclaiming Black indigenous spirituality

Occult, Apr 21 2017

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber

Black Girl Magic is more than a prominent Black Twitter hashtag, popularized in 2013. It is a real and growing movement …

Toe Tags

Ephemera, Apr 21 2017

by Indy Staff

(to our readers: this might look better in the web PDF— find it here!) …

The Corner of the Beach

Bridging a gap in narrative tactics

Arts, Apr 21 2017

by Anna Bonesteel

Question Watch the following segment for bullshit. Experiment 1A There is a new corner of the beach at the elbow of …

A Spellbound Semester

Race and identity as a Brown girl at a Black college

Features, Apr 21 2017

by Kali Ridley

The professor of my Survey of African-American Music course faced the wall and played the saxophone for the first 10 minutes …

Something's Gotta Give

The impending writers' strike and the problem with peak TV

Science & Technology, Apr 21 2017

by Noah Ezer

“West Board and East Council voted unanimously to move forward with a strike authorization vote,” begins television producer, director, and writer …

Bad Blood

Haiti and the mythology of AIDS

Features, Apr 21 2017

by Andrew Deck

The Windward Passage spans the distance between Port-au-Prince and Santiago de Cuba. It’s the strait left between the islands of Cuba …

Week in the Munchies

News, Apr 21 2017

by Zack Kligler, Julia Tompkins, Jamie & Chris Packs

KIDDIE MEAL It was 7PM, supper had come and gone, and our hero’s tummy had the rumblies, the phantom taste—his favorite …

Unusual Suspects

New characters in skincare

Science & Technology, Apr 14 2017

by Fatima Husain

In the opening monologue of the 2000 film American Psycho, investment banker Patrick Bateman explains his morning skincare routine, which includes …

Lost in the Mall

On the writer’s residency at the Mall of America

Arts, Apr 14 2017

by Signe Swanson & Will Weatherly

content warning: anti-Black policing “You'll need the tools for survival / And the medicine for the blues / Sweet treats and …

Stripping Metaphors

Edith Södergran undoes prejudice

Arts, Apr 14 2017

by Tatiana Dubin

“Warm words, fine words, deep words … They are like the scent of a flower in the night That one cannot …

Vision

A tool for the colorization of dance

Features, Apr 14 2017

by Anh Vo

In the West, concert dance has historically been linked to the theatre and the proscenium stage—the most common structure in a …

On Fathers

Features, Apr 14 2017

by Jacqueline Gu

After "mothers and fathers" by Irene Hsu content warning: racism, xenophobia The ones who know how to keep spices for years, …

Beneath the Surface

Imagining a future for the unclaimed dead on Hart Island

Occult, Apr 14 2017

by Dolma Ombadykow

content warning: state violence On March 31, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio backed a ten year plan to close …

At The Presiding Moment

US media’s coverage of Trump’s strike in Syria

News, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Jonah Max & Will Tavlin

In the wake of last Thursday’s supposedly retributive airstrike against the Syrian Army and Bashar al-Assad, the Trump administration’s actions were …

Week in Intractability

News, Apr 14 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Patrick Orenstein & Sam Samore

GETTIN’ EDEN The setting: a former World War II training ground in rural Scotland. The objective: to create a new society …

A Crowded Field

The upcoming Iranian election

News, Apr 13 2017

by Golnoosh Asghari

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Ali Ahmadnia and Ali Heydar Valizadeh in mid-March. The two managed channels on Telegram, …

the girls who will train you

Literary, Apr 07 2017

by Signe Swanson

have red nails and paws. have straight hair and red aprons. are getting married. are twenty two. dropped out of beauty …

Alcohol

Ephemera, Apr 07 2017

by Ethan East

Beneath Your Bootsoles

Feeling backward at New York City's AIDS Memorial

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Lisa Borst

content warning: queerphobia Under the pavement at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan’s West Village, leading to …

Fanged

Dominique Pariso

Metabolics, Apr 07 2017

by Kela Johnson

Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, was an early eco-goth. The erotics of the vampire—of men who stalk virginal women—was buried …

Running out of Shore

The future of Providence's seaport

Metro, Apr 07 2017

by Patrick Orenstein

While the presidential election dominated media coverage on November 8, 2016, another item on the ballot in Rhode Island had potential …

Chemtrails Over the State House

Objectivity and conspiracy in environmentalist discourses

Science & Technology, Apr 07 2017

by Chris Packs

“Rhode Island is a sovereign republic within the United States of America, they can’t just spray stuff in the sky over …

Farm to Bargaining Table

The farmworker fight against exploitation by fast food

Features, Apr 07 2017

by Mitchell Johnson & Erin West

“Wendy’s, escucha la voz del pueblo porque nosotros somos el pueblo y nosotros demandamos justicia,” farmworker Lupe Gonzalo announced to a …

Black Faces, White Spaces

Reflections on Dana Schutz's Open Casket

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber

content warning: anti-Black violence On a gray and rainy Tuesday, I decided to make the pilgrimage from my home in Brooklyn …

Politics Down Under

Renegotiating Australian-Chinese Partnerships

News, Apr 07 2017

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

On Tuesday, March 28, after weeks of warming relations with The People’s Republic of China, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull abruptly …

In Pursuit of a Living Wage

When working hard isn't enough

Metro, Apr 07 2017

by Jack Brook

Marcia Ranglin-Vassell knows what it’s like to struggle to provide for herself and her family on a minimum wage salary. A …

Week in High School

News, Apr 07 2017

by Sam Samore, Josh Kurtz & Brionne Frazier

LET GRANDMA GO TO PROM Prom is an eternal category, cutting across boundaries of time and space. Prom has no age. …

Morphologies

X, Mar 24 2017

by Liby Hays

thunderstorms mock me and so does the concrete

Literary, Mar 24 2017

by Fadwa Ahmed

(for 3 days i have known but expected nothing) i watched every minute bring itself in fractions i waited 15, (but …

The Indy Classifieds

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Jane Argodale, Shane Potts & Jack Brook

PERSONALS—WOMEN SEEKING MEN Will You Be Mine, Lincoln Chafee? Me: An attractive and successful 31 year-old professional, recently moved to Providence. …

Outside the Club

An interview with photographer Pedro Letria

Arts, Mar 24 2017

by Will Weatherly

Photos by Pedro Letria Pedro Letria is a Portuguese photographer whose work often deals with displacement, a subject stemming from Letria’s …

A History of Twisted Spines

Scoliosis treatment under scrutiny

Metabolics, Mar 24 2017

by Nora Gosselin

“What I would like to do is begin with a small incision in front, which would likely require us to break …

A Survey on Breaking Bonds

Causeries on science and environment

Science & Technology, Mar 24 2017

by Fatima Husain

Colored Collars I saw a sign from the Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota while browsing a gardening thread …

White Wall

A call to action

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Vuthy Lay, Makoto Kumasaka & Cameron Kucera

On the corner of Benefit and College Streets, it would be easy to glance over the Radeke Façade, which looks like …

Las Niñas de Guatemala

State crime, femicide, and a blaze at a children’s home

News, Mar 24 2017

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

Quiero, a la sombra de un ala, contar este cuento en flor: la niña de Guatemala, la que se murió de …

Week in Our Art Has Failed Us

News, Mar 24 2017

by Eve Zelickson & Ivan Rios-Fetchko

ON THE ROCKS Last week, French performance artist Abraham Poincheval took up residence inside a rock for seven days at Paris’ …

Term

Literary, Mar 17 2017

by Stefania Gomez

I. October After the eviction, we returned to the old house once more to collect the dishes we had left in …

Sunken Places

The embodied horror of Get Out

Arts, Mar 17 2017

by Marianne Verrone

content warning: anti-Blackness, misogynoir “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be …

Root Therapy

A conversation with Dr. Mindy Fullilove on restoring emotional ecosystems

Interviews, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss

Mindy Fullilove is a psychiatrist, researcher, and Professor of Urban Policy of Health currently teaching at the New School. Dr. Fullilove …

Solar Panel Study Guide

Science & Technology, Mar 17 2017

by Anna Bonesteel

To preface: I study painting. It’s necessary to give this small byte of background information, as I’m using an editorial voice …

Week in Clothing Betrayal

News, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss, Sam Samore & Brad Breymoore

NO GUARDIAN ANGELS The trials of master illusionist Criss Angel have been manifold. He once spent 24 hours inside a phone …

From the Editors

FTE, Mar 17 2017

by JA & DP

March is never really a warm month in Rhode Island, but it’s definitely the wrong month for a snow day. We …

Humanizing Education

An interview with Antonia Dardes and Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Interviews, Mar 10 2017

by Anne Fosburg

Critical pedagogy is an emancipatory approach to education. The practice maintains that methods of teaching and learning must respond to the …

Dispatches From the DMV

Confronting bureacracy and emerging victorious

Metro, Mar 10 2017

by Jane Argodale

Distractions can be physical or mental in nature and are often a combination of both. A physical distraction is one that …

A Secret Yesterday, A Movement Today

The fight to ensure reproductive rights for Rhode Islanders

Features, Mar 10 2017

by Katrina Northrop

In the spring of 1965, Edith Ajello became pregnant after having sex for the first time. She was 21 years-old, unmarried, …

How I Never Became an Internet Rapper

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by CJ Park

The frontier is an important kind of -topia for the Western imaginary. Media theorist Lev Manovich looked at computer games from …

The Gilded Rule

Occult, Mar 10 2017

by Signe Swanson

content warning: racism, Nazism “Populists don’t need to be popular. They just have to take power by appealing to an exclusionary …

Representing Herself

Roxane Gay and the multiplicity of female experience

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by Brionne Frazier

Roxane Gay contains multitudes. She is a professor, author, comic book writer, professional Scrabble player, tweeter and pop culture aficionado. Her …

Restricting the Public

The Trump administration and the exclusion of trans people from public spaces

News, Mar 10 2017

by Jack Brook

content warning: transphobia Gavin Grimm had a speech written down, but he didn’t bother to look at it. When he took …

Beyond Dakota Access

FANG Collective brings the anti-pipeline fight home to Rhode Island

Metro, Mar 10 2017

by Zack Kligler

At 10AM last Thursday, three people affiliated with the FANG Collective, an activist group dedicated to environmental justice, locked themselves to …

Week in WTF is Happening in the UK?

News, Mar 10 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Lance Gloss & Will Weatherly

“The Pub is Closed, Long Live the Pub!” The walls of the nation-state are looking a bit knackered, but the walls …

eek

X, Mar 03 2017

by Jo-Ann Huynh

Quarters

(Excerpt from “On Currency”)

Literary, Mar 03 2017

by Stella Akua Mensah

Oftentimes, people tell women not to wander off. When we are small, they mean to stay in the yard, and now …

All Fun and Games

Embodiment, empathy, and combat in e-sports

Science & Technology, Mar 03 2017

by William Samosir

Upton, New York, 1958. Engineer physicist William Higinbotham repurposes one of Brookhaven Laboratory’s military computers, giving birth to the first video …

What's So Funny?

On Migos, anti-Blackness, and representation

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Noah Ezer

I. “My nigga just focus, I’m tryna paint you a picture. We stuck in the moment.” – Vince Staples, “Señorita” In …

Bedside Theater

Emma Sulkowicz and the politics of healing

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Becca Hansen

At the Healing Touch Integral Wellness Center in Philadelphia, visitors come prepared to discuss their relationships, insecurities, deepest anxieties, and whatever …

Forging Home, Forging Intimacy

ProvSlam and the next generation of youth poetry

Metro, Mar 03 2017

by Chris Packs

“I’m so excited, and you should be too.” Cutting through the animated flow of chatter, Charlotte Abotsi, the master of ceremonies …

In Chile, a People's History

Memorializing state violence on their own terms

Features, Mar 03 2017

by Ilgın Güney Korugan

The 38th building of Londres Street in Santiago de Chile has an important place in the memory of many Chileans. Over …

Criteria for Membership

Racialized anti-gang policies target undocumented immigrants under Trump

Features, Mar 03 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

Daniel Ramirez Medina was asleep in the living room of his father’s home in Des Moines, Washington on the morning of …

Raising Prices, Closing Doors

RIPTA fare hike impacts Rhode Island's most vulnerable

Metro, Mar 03 2017

by Zack Kligler

content warning: mental illness, isolation, state-violence Blossom Segaloff lives on the East Side, in a small apartment in an affordable housing …

Week in Animal Disasters

News, Mar 03 2017

by Signe Swanson, Jack Brook & Sam Samore

NUCLEAR MELTDOWN IS (NOT) A BOAR It’s safe to say that the weather has been wrong these days on planet Earth. …

Keeping the Fire With Us and the Resistance in Us

Reflections on the #NoDAPL movement

News, Mar 01 2017

by A collective of Native Americans at Brown (NAB) who went to Standing Rock

In response to the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in April 1, 2016, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., …

Foul Comix

X, Feb 17 2017

by Jack Lawler

Holding Firm

On the history of custard

Metabolics, Feb 17 2017

by Juan Patrick Soto

The Basics The first flan I ever ate was served with a glass of Pepsi. The grown-ups had coffee and my …

Curb Alert

Metro, Feb 17 2017

by Lisa Borst

In Defense of My Dead Clown

And why it is hidden (with permission) in an unopened box in a janitor's closet somewhere on campus

Arts, Feb 17 2017

by Mitsy Albumen

content warning: racism, death, gore I will tell my story as truthfully as possible. I can in no way justify my …

Glass Coffins

Body Worlds in the twilight of storytelling

Occult, Feb 17 2017

by Robin Manley

“Love-hate for the body colors the whole of modern culture. The body is scorned and rejected as something inferior, enslaved, and …

Impatience

Negotiating time in the clinic

Features, Feb 17 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In February 2015, seven months before his death, the late neurologist and author Oliver Sacks published an essay in the New …

Caring for the Degenerating Brain

Barriers to addressing Alzheimer’s disease in Rhode Island

Science & Technology, Feb 17 2017

by Liz Cory & Anna Xu

In 1994, former president Ronald Reagan was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory and language impairments that …

Something More Than Money

A community against Achievement First expansion

Metro, Feb 17 2017

by Marianna McMurdock

In the courtyard that joins Classical and Central High Schools off Westminster Street, Classical student and Providence Student Union activist Jayleen …

Week in X-Files

News, Feb 17 2017

by Patrick McMenamin, Chris Packs & Sam Samore

THE DA VINCI POD At a time when it looks like so many fundamental American institutions are at risk, perhaps we …

Yellow Flower

Literary, Feb 10 2017

by Gabriela Naigeborin

i. the myth of resentment There in Mount Sinai I was trusted with the tablets of stone, but didn’t understand that …

To Play, To Project, To Extend

On and of avatar empathies

Arts, Feb 10 2017

by Brian Oakes

Avatar empathy is what makes the internet, interactive media and other forms of reality so visceral and enticing. By avatar empathy, …

Sex and Its Discontents

The Indy weighs in...

Metabolics, Feb 10 2017

by Dominatrix Pariso & Jane Argodildo

What’s your advice for when you feel too disgusted by your own body to have sex with someone even though you …

Fabulous in Re/verse

How to appear at the club—or on the page

Features, Feb 10 2017

by Noah Fields

“Work! You look fabulous,” one queen exclaims to another. Getting dressed up to go out for the night is more than …

Aiming Higher

Undocumented students' access to higher education in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 10 2017

by Katrina Northrop

Javier Juarez, a student at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), was walking to class when he came upon two …

Said and Saying

A conversation with poet Ariana Reines

Interviews, Feb 10 2017

by Patrick McMenamin

When I reach Ariana Reines on the phone, the first thing she asks me is where I’m calling from. It’s a …

Growing Up

Vertical Farming from top to bottom

Science & Technology, Feb 10 2017

by Malcolm Drenttel

The farms of tomorrow will be food-factories built in skyscrapers. Plants will be grown, layer upon layer, with assembly-line efficiency. Sensors …

Planting a Nation

Settler colonialism and the Jewish National Fund

Features, Feb 10 2017

by Joshua Kurtz

“It was nothing: sand and sand. We are going to bring to the Negev life,” two Israeli men affirm in an …

Crossing the Border

Germany's open door begins to close

News, Feb 10 2017

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

“Wir schaffen das,” insisted Chancellor Angela Merkel in late August of 2015 when she announced Germany’s open door policy to welcome …

Week in Superlikes

News, Feb 10 2017

by Sam Samore & Will Weatherly

FIRST DATE IN A DUNKIN’ DONUTS America loves an underdog. The New England Patriots are not an underdog. But Providence, RI …

Straps

Outcroppings from the botanical margin

Occult, Feb 03 2017

by Lance Gloss

Ashes to ashes—all dead in there? I’m at the Brown University Herbarium. Working. Looking at some specimens—dead plants, really. One hundred …

Skeletons in the Water

The health of Earth's oceans

Science & Technology, Feb 03 2017

by Fatima Husain

Earth’s oceans are much like human bodies. In the quest to maintain homeostasis, our bodies and oceans strive to resolve any …

The People's Champion

An interview with Dave Zirin

Metabolics, Feb 03 2017

by Colin Kent-Daggett

Dave Zirin is a sportswriter at the Nation, whose work can also be found at the blog Edge of Sports. He …

Finding Refuge

A new model delivers healthcare and perhaps more

Metro, Feb 03 2017

by Saanya Jain

Omar Bah ran through the Gambian night. Echoes of soldiers shouting and dogs barking came from every direction. The memory of …

Marching Toward Inclusivity

Can we have a Women’s March for everyone?

Features, Feb 03 2017

by Roksana Borzouei & Julia Tompkins

“We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” reads the Mission Statement for …

Back in the Culture Wars

On the potential defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Ryan Rosenberg & Will Weatherly

Less than 24 hours before Inauguration Day, an unnamed source told The Hill that Donald Trump’s transition team had already been …

Electronic Disturbance at the Border

The aestheticization of immigrant rights

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Joshua Kurtz

Last week, President Trump signed several executive orders that significantly expanded the authority of immigrations officers, banned Muslim immigrants and refugees …

A Nation, Divided

On executing Trump's unconstitutional immigration ban

News, Feb 03 2017

by Roksana Borzouei

Nisrin Elamin, a Ph.D. student at Stanford University and a Sudanese citizen who holds a green card, boarded a plane back …

Week in Interpretive Resistance

News, Feb 03 2017

by Sam Samore, Pia Mileaf-Patel & Jamie Packs

PUNCH A NAZI, TAZE A COP? There may be many occasions in the coming four years where it seems fitting to …

Know Your Earth

The Necessity of Earth Science Literacy: Two Perspectives

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2016

by Fatima Husain & Christopher Monschauer

In the weeks following the election, a few subjects have generated more interest than others, such as a purported Muslim registry …

Writing Nightlife

How is a rave like a writing desk?

Features, Dec 02 2016

by Noah Fields

Suppose a writing desk walks into a gay club. Or perhaps the desk is the dance floor of the club. The …

Uncertainty in Architecture

Or, the blip

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Tai Shaw

How do we work with uncertainty? Uncertainty suggests undesirable and uncontrollable outcomes. It also suggests opportunity. Deriving from my architectural thesis …

A Springsteen Fan's Daughter

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Saanya Jain

When I was 14 years old, my father sat down on the piano bench with me and placed some sheet music …

Working Through Empathy

An interview with director Josh Oppenheimer

Features, Dec 02 2016

by Elias Bresnick

Josh Oppenheimer is an American documentary filmmaker best known for his films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. …

Renewal For Whom?

Considering historic preservation in Providence

Metro, Dec 02 2016

by Clare Boyle

In 2013, Providence deemed Benefit Street the city’s “mile of history.” The street, which sits one block east of Main Street …

Fear and Trembling

Metabolics, Dec 02 2016

by Anna Hundert

Content warning: sexual violence My fingernails grow about as fast as the continents drift. Sometimes I look down at the white …

El Comandante Has Died

News, Dec 02 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia & Sebastián Otero Oliveras

Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution, died last Friday. His brother, Raúl Castro, currently the head of the Cuban government, …

Boxed In

Ending Solitary Confinement in Rhode Island

Metro, Dec 02 2016

by Gabe Zimmerman

Content warning: mental illness and suicide “It’s like being buried alive,” stated an inmate incarcerated in a solitary unit at Rhode …

Week in Apologies

News, Dec 02 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow, Will Weatherly, Zack Kligler, Liz Cory & Shane Potts

PUN-DER ROAD Bruce’s steed had never failed him before. Springsteen trusted the motorcycle, built for him piece by piece by his …

Microbe Culture

A conversation with Sandor Katz

Metabolics, Nov 18 2016

by Raina Wellman

Using some of Sandor Katz’ fermentation recipes, I’ve cooked up Sweet Potato Fly, Ginger Bug, and Rice Beer. Hailing from rural …

Holding Ground

Defending a home in Palestine

Features, Nov 18 2016

by Max Schindler

When asked what her family will do if the army demolishes the village, Soraya, 16, hesitates: “We’ll go to Yatta,” she …

Past Tense

Notes on nostalgia

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Devika Girish

The latest season of Black Mirror opens with the cheeriest episode in the history of the bleak, techno-dystopic series. San Junipero …

City In Resistance

Providence community leaders weigh in on organizing after the election

Metro, Nov 18 2016

by The Indy Staff

Like many people, we are still trying to process the events of the past two weeks. To help make some sense …

Corrupted Installation

Protecting privacy under the 45th president

Science & Technology, Nov 18 2016

by Jonah Max

When Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency on January 20, he will be stepping into an office whose powers have swelled …

Rooms For Fear

Imagining art after Trump

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Will Tavlin

In her essay “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” Toni Morrison recalls in the Nation a moment after President …

This Is Solidarity

Rhode Island's growing Racial Justice Coalition

Metro, Nov 18 2016

by Isabel DeBre

“We want people in the streets. Unions stopping work. Consumers refusing to buy. Bystanders stepping in, everyone calling racism out.” The …

Week in Minor Democratic Victories

News, Nov 18 2016

by Kelton Ellis, Andrew Deck & Jane Argodale

Heck Yeah Harris To temper your cynicism, if only just a little: last week, amid the presidential election’s literal upset, Kamala …

The Good Death

Reframing the burden of medical death in America

Features, Nov 11 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

cw: racial violence and erasure The Order of the Good Death was formed in Los Angeles in January 2011, by the …

Performing Intimacy

A conversation with Rashaun Mitchell

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Zack Kligler

As Rashaun Mitchell speaks to me over the phone I can make out below his voice the faint familiar hum of …

A Distance From The Moon

Coded empathy in Moonlight and American Honey

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Will Weatherly

Early in the film Moonlight, released this past week, a young boy named Chiron asks his mentor Juan how he can …

Providence, The Day After

Metro, Nov 11 2016

by Jack Brook

+++ The day after the election, Mary Piñeda, 28, worried about whether or not she would be able to stay in …

Forward Thinking

Inclusion and diversity in STEM

Science & Technology, Nov 11 2016

by AS & PH

The practice of science is not only analytical, it is subjective, emotional, and creative. Our approach to science is influenced by …

An Interview With Governor Gina Raimondo

On her politics and priorities, past and present

Metro, Nov 11 2016

by Katrina Northrop

Under the vaulted ceilings of her office in the Rhode Island State House, Governor Gina Raimondo lays out her political priorities …

Who Sets the Table?

Food infrastructure and food justice in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 11 2016

by Joshua Kurtz & Sylvia Brown

A few hundred feet from Brown University’s boathouse in India Point Park is the future site of EatDrinkRI’s Central Market, a …

How We Are Feeling This Week

News, Nov 11 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia & Marianna McMurdock

How I Feel I like to think that I came here because I wanted to and not because my country expelled …

Little Lost Robot

Science & Technology, Nov 04 2016

by Charlie Windolf

The mood was subdued at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s 1984 annual gathering. By that year, the field …

A Question of Compatibility

Islamophobia in Europe's gay capital

Features, Nov 04 2016

by Lance Gloss

People from 180 countries are long-term residents in Amsterdam. By this measure, it is the most international municipality on Earth, and …

Houseworks

Exploring the limits of the home

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg, Dolma Ombadykow, Malcolm Drenttel & Jonah Max

Mall-House In 2003, artist and RISD graduate Michael Townsend devised a plan to create a luxury apartment in a 750-square-foot space …

International Art Spam

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

Specimen: The Artist’s Museum begins with the impulse to collect and connect, bringing together large-scale installations, photography, film, and videos that …

Unnamed

An outline of an essay I will not write

Features, Nov 04 2016

by Teddy Davey

Content warning: family abuse, dysphoria, slurs, references to sexual violence I. I had a father once. His hands had a condition …

An Abbreviated Timeline of Voting in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 04 2016

by Jane Argodale & Marianna McMurdock

After a year that’s felt a little like an episode of Survivor, featuring older contestants and more liberal use of spray …

Protectors, Protestors, and Privilege

On law enforcement disparities between Standing Rock and Oregon

News, Nov 04 2016

by Shane Potts & Camila Ruiz Segovia

On October 27, the arrival of military tanks abruptly interrupted the prayers of water protectors at the Sacred Stone Camp in …

Week in Election Prep

News, Nov 04 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin, Jack Brook & Eve Zelickson

DUMB-SHINE STATE If there is anything we’ve learned to expect from a presidential election year, it is that Florida will inevitably …

Simple Properties

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

A favorite bookstore has been marked “Permanently closed.” The taco place on the corner has a new photo. The geo-locational marker …

Spirit Resonance

Occult, Oct 28 2016

by Kathy Ng

There was once a cook who was much revered for his mastery with knives. Charged to cut up an ox, the …

On Fraternity

Features, Oct 28 2016

by Vhalla Otarod

His sophomore fall we dropped my brother off at the frat house, car full of his boxes and sound equipment for …

The Grass Isn't Greener

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2016

by Raina Wellman

Fertilized, chemically manipulated, frequently mowed, regularly watered and generally adored, the lawn and its upkeep are sites and sources of both …

Can't Serve Prestige

Harvard University Dining Services on strike

News, Oct 28 2016

by Lisa Borst & Will Tavlin

On Saturday, October 22, a middle-aged man stood in the rain on the corner of John F. Kennedy Street and Memorial …

Vulgar in Vogue

A look at taste's effect on fashion

Arts, Oct 28 2016

by Signe Swanson

On October 13, curator Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips debuted their joint exhibit The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at London’s Barbican …

Asthma and Eyesores

Wind, gas, and environmental racism in Rhode Island

Metro, Oct 28 2016

by Colin Kent-Daggett

“I’m a big proponent of wind and offshore wind, but the short-term solution to bring down energy costs for businesses and …

Fair Exchange Is No Theft

RI defunds its only needle exchange

Metro, Oct 28 2016

by Andrew Deck & Will Weatherly

On October 2, a group of monsters, superheroes, and drag performers gathered at The Dark Lady, a gay bar on Snow …

Week In Alt-Right

News, Oct 28 2016

by Sam Samore, Jack Brook, Emma Phillips & Malcolm Drenttel

@JESUS An effective way to schematize nascent changes in conservatism in the United States, namely what one might call the transition …

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Colombia's would-be peace deal

News, Oct 21 2016

by Nicolas Montaño

On September 26, media attention shifted to the city of Cartagena on Colombia’s Atlantic coast. There, 15 heads of state, along …

A Restoration

Metabolics, Oct 21 2016

by Joshua Kurtz

The telling of history necessitates a well-functioning set of teeth. The thing about teeth is that they are required to collaborate; …

She Shall Inhabit the Streets

Walking and Watching in the Arab World

Features, Oct 21 2016

by Isabelle DeBre

In Assia Djebar's novel Fantasia, an Algerian woman walks alone through the streets of Paris. She screams. But her cry is …

Playing Around

Olneyville’s Manton Avenue Project transports students to the stage

Metro, Oct 21 2016

by Rachel McMahon & Reilly Blum

Two sister birds stand on the stage of AS220’s blackbox theater. The elder sister, Redy Red, tells her younger sister, Flicky …

Taking Action Towards Community Safety

Inside the movement to end racial profiling in Providence

Metro, Oct 21 2016

by Jack Brook

From the center of Burnside Park came the brash blasting of trumpets, the pounding of bass drums, the snapping of snares, …

Week in Creeps

News, Oct 21 2016

by Will Tavlin, Liz Cory, Dominique Pariso & Eve Zelickson

FRIGHT NIGHT Children of the night and survivors of the early aughts emo phase, take heart. Instead of sitting on your …

Cakes and Ale

Metabolics, Oct 07 2016

by Ali MacLeod

I was sitting in the bathroom of downtown Providence’s Parkside Rotisserie & Bar, hyperventilating and fighting back tears. My waiter had …

City Limits

Burial and play in Copenhagen’s mourning grounds

Features, Oct 07 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

A pickup soccer match ends abruptly after a hastened, “oopf!” as the juggled ball bounces upon a flattened headstone. Wrapped tightly …

In a Million Different Pieces

A conversation with poet Rachel Zucker

Arts, Oct 07 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

Before calling up New York City-based poet, teacher, and doula Rachel Zucker, I came across a line from her poem "The …

Zona Privada

Private Police Violence in Perú’s Northern Highlands

News, Oct 07 2016

by Sammie Chomsky

In the face of nearly ubiquitous state violence, campesinxs (rural farmers) in Perú are questioning the presence of hired police. “Están …

How to Write in the Human Realm

Notes on Ben Lerner and the politics of poetry

Arts, Oct 07 2016

by Joshua Kurtz

In a video that the MacArthur Foundation produced after awarding Ben Lerner a genius Grant last year, Lerner poses the question, …

The Pleasure Is Yours

A Pawtucket nonprofit’s sex-positive revolution

Metabolics, Oct 07 2016

by Julia Horwitz

“I wish I could just refer people to sex workers,” Kira Manser explains, bursting into the room; green hair, flannel pushed …

Merchandising Venice

Selective revitalization of Providence's rivers

Metro, Oct 07 2016

by Signe Swanson

Photo fromProvidence, the Renaissance City Matthew “Marcello” Haynes’ dock sits across the canal from Memorial Boulevard, where the Providence River cleaves …

The San Antonio Four Fight for Innocence

Navigating racism, sexism, homophobia, and wrongful conviction in Texas

News, Oct 07 2016

by Zack Kligler

Content warning: sexual assault Anna Vasquez sits in the living room of her mother’s San Antonio home. The walls are wood-paneled …

Week in Extreme Sports

News, Oct 07 2016

by Shane Potts & Raina Wellman

LIZARD LIPS First the Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, now this? The lizards are taking over y’all. In the most …

The Horchata Man

Literary, Sep 30 2016

by Micaela Burgess

My papa lived to bring happiness with his horchata. Everyday he made barrels of it to serve to his family and …

Changing Our Skies

Atmospheric geoengineering and the future

Science & Technology, Sep 30 2016

by Fatima Husain

Pollution sunsets, with their exquisite range of reds, may soon be intentionally created. As humans continue to influence the climate of …

On Territories

Features, Sep 30 2016

by Raphaela Posner

There’s always a moment in an art museum when I want to reach out and touch my companion. Often this urge …

Strange Light

Features, Sep 30 2016

by Georgia Wright

“’I’ve had enough of your dark nights,” yelled Moomintroll. “I’m cold, I’m all alone and I want the sun to come …

Dear Indy...

Ephemera, Sep 30 2016

by Will Tavlin

I want a baby. Should I get a dog? I don’t enjoy the company of children, and they don’t enjoy my …

Reclaiming Endangered Languages

When language death means culture death

Arts, Sep 30 2016

by Tatiana Dubin

Spanish missionaries were the first Westerners to begin documenting the indigenous languages of the ‘Viceroyalty of New Spain.’ Travelling to newly …

Against the Pipeline, the Standing Rock Struggle

An interview with Jennifer Weston

News, Sep 30 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,100-mile pipeline under construction by Energy Transfer Partners, slated to carry a half million …

Found in Translation

Jhumpa Lahiri in Italian

Arts, Sep 30 2016

by Saanya Jain

Try reading without reading. The first thing your eyes encounter is the appearance of the words, the absurdity of the shapes, …

Breath(e)

A conversation with Ronald Lewis of the Low Mountaintop Collective

Occult, Sep 30 2016

by Athena Washburn & Eli Neuman-Hammond

Ronald Kevin Lewis is a theater artist, dancer, poet-performer, and child of god whose group, The Low Mountaintop Collective, is performing …

Disjoint Destinations

The 6-10 connector's future

Metro, Sep 30 2016

by Jane Argodale

Scrapping earlier plans for a redesign, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced on September 7 that it would rebuild …

Pit Fight

Making safer spaces in Providence punk and hardcore

Metro, Sep 30 2016

by Will Weatherly

The first Providence punk show I ever attended was a concert at AS220 last fall featuring Downtown Boys—a punk band whose …

Week in Animal Control

News, Sep 30 2016

by Jack Brook, Kelton Ellis & Andrew Deck

DOGGED LOVE Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? 11-year old Apollo, of Jacksonville, Florida, would beg to …

Forever in Love with Bertha

On Deathly Kitsch at Funtime Junction

Arts, Sep 23 2016

by Liby Hays

Of the many junctions I know and love (and there are many, in this lattice-bound society) very few self-identify as junctions. …

Autobiography of Writing

Literary, Sep 23 2016

by Lisa Lee

I would like to talk to you about writing. I'm a writer, even though I don't write much, but since I'm …

Food Desk

Notes on Providence Eateries

Metabolics, Sep 23 2016

by Patrick McMenamin, Sam Samore & Will Tavlin

In Ferno (S Water St.) This hot spot burns. Providence and Italiano go together like an apple and knowledge. That people …

First Vacation to the Sun

Arts, Sep 23 2016

by Lynn Tachihara

march 31st mountain view, california we sprawled ourselves under leaves, hanging caterpillars. listened to quiet voices that guide our eyes through …

Combustion Cycle

Features, Sep 23 2016

by Sarah Cooke

The month before I turned twenty-one, I became obsessed with Ben Affleck’s back. Specifically, I became obsessed with the giant phoenix …

Close Listening

Privacy, Security, and an Open Records Requet

Science & Technology, Sep 23 2016

by Jonah Max

During an immobilizing snowstorm in 2014, residents of Johnston, Rhode Island could watch through their foggy windows as military-grade Humvees drove …

Williams Street

Metro, Sep 23 2016

by Stefania Gomez

winter Since L started noticing the house shaking in the mornings and at night, like the floor is trying to unshudder …

Super Prospects?

The future of 111 Westminster, PayPal, and RI subsidies

Metro, Sep 23 2016

by Marianna McMurdock

A steel frame—tethered 50 feet underground—and granite base form the foundation for Providence’s iconic historical tower: the Industrial Trust Building, commonly …

Week in the Singularity

News, Sep 23 2016

by Eve Zelickson, Dolma Ombadykow & Hannah Maier-Katkin

FREEZE FRAME For those of you who still get your news from alt weeklies, you may not have heard the iPhone …

Caught Between States

Regarding the Persecution of the Rohingya

News, Sep 23 2016

by Joshua Kurtz

Last week, President Obama announced that the United States is prepared to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar. First imposed after …

Notes on Gay Softcore Camp

When Gay Sex Loses its Politics

Arts, Sep 16 2016

by Andrew Deck

The first ‘gay-themed’ feature-length film I watched was Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds. Like many closeted eighth graders, I had turned …

A Tough Pill to Swallow

Big Pharma and the brand name bubble

Science & Technology, Sep 16 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

At the end of August, the pharmaceutical company Mylan made headlines for raising the cost of the EpiPen to over $300. …

Feeding Time

Meditations on the Tasty Revolution

Metabolics, Sep 16 2016

by Anna Hundert

The hands arrive out of the off-screen space. They are disembodied, or rather un-embodied, as if having never belonged to a …

Gestures in Absence

On the 15 Year Memory of 9/11

Arts, Sep 16 2016

by Will Tavlin

A thousand 9/11 stories are the same. Ask any New Yorker who watched the event in real time what they saw …

Flying Signs

PVD's Moving Battles on the Criminalization of Poverty

Metro, Sep 16 2016

by Will Weatherly

On June 30, 2015, Michael Monteiro was issued a summons by a Cranston police officer while panhandling on a median on …

Lore

Features, Sep 16 2016

by Stefania Gomez

I. At one time or another, I guess I’ve been in love with all my friends. This is what Judith Butler …

Week in Bad Public Relations

News, Sep 16 2016

by Jane Argodale, Camila Ruiz Segovia & Liz Cory

DOUBLE DOUBLE TWITTER TROUBLE When considering whether or not to take a day off of school or work, most of us …

Duterte's Shabu Nightmare

Drugs and Death in the Philippines

News, Sep 16 2016

by Shane Potts & Camila Ruiz Segovia

At a dinner celebrating his victory, President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, elected in May, had this to say about drug …

Thoughts on the Two

Features, Apr 29 2016

by Sam Samore

“It’s important to have shitty relationships in high school” my friends often say, in order to learn from them, learn how …

Public Space is the Place

Art and Politics in Battery Park City

Arts, Apr 29 2016

by Will Tavlin

Wheatfields - A Confrontation, Agnes Denes, 1982 Before the World Financial Center, the glass skyscrapers, the open-air cafes, the high-end boutiques, …

Two Manifestos and a Strongly Worded Suggestion

Arts, Apr 29 2016

by Liby Hays

The Mini Manifesto (It is important for the purposes of this argument that you note the semantic difference between Minimalism and …

Cognates

Romantic forays into comparative linguistics

Science & Technology, Apr 29 2016

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

Español Spanish is my mother tongue (la lengua de mi madre). She tried to teach me when I was young with …

The Never-Ending Sentence

Rhode Island's Expungement Problem

Metro, Apr 29 2016

by Jack Brook

“I was young and dumb in the early ’90s and got into some trouble,” Michelle says, shrugging. By trouble, she means …

For Money and Motherland

Media Narratives about Brazilian Corruption

News, Apr 29 2016

by Francis Torres

For God and my family! For the Evangelical Nation! Against the communism that threatens this country! For the military men of …

Week in Strange Bedfellows

News, Apr 29 2016

by Liz Cory, Madeleine Matsui & Piper French

Rights at Risk Controversy is swirling around the recent election by the Russian parliament of Tatyana Moskalkova to the position of …

Getting In Touch With Your Body

Going Beyond Numbers, Diets, and Standards

Science & Technology, Apr 22 2016

by Anna Xu

Mainstream US society is obsessed with thinness and perfection. In magazines, newspapers, and television, models are regularly photoshopped down to size …

Soft Systems

Arts, Apr 22 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

On the East End of London in 1961, theater producer Joan Littlewood was thinking about ways to disrupt theater-going experiences that …

Sin of SimCity

Victory and failure in virtual urban space

Arts, Apr 22 2016

by Will Weatherly

To a 15-year old Providence Journal writer named Joseph Braude, it made a lot of sense: invite five of the candidates …

Decriminalize Driving

Bill H-7610 and the Fight for Undocumented Rights

Metro, Apr 22 2016

by Emma Phillips

On March 25, the Rhode Island State House rattled. The halls, lined with portraits of the state’s sternest founding fathers, echoed …

Refuge in Providence

Metro, Apr 22 2016

by Isabel DeBré

“In Damascus, everyone lived together, squeezed on the same small block,” Mohammed Ali Al Namis tells me. He, his wife, and …

We Are Not Paris

State Violence in Turkey

News, Apr 22 2016

by Ilgin Korugan & Erin West

On January 10, 2016, over 1,128 Turkish and foreign academics, including Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk as well as US scholars Noam …

Week in American Exceptionalism

News, Apr 22 2016

by Joshua Bronk, Madeleine Matsui & Will Tavlin

Rock the Vote In what is perhaps the most unexpected political power couple to emerge in 2016, failed Republican and Democratic …

Bully

Ephemera, Apr 15 2016

by Sarula Bao

Late Lunch

Arts, Apr 15 2016

by Maya Sorabjee

On the third and fourth floors of an old revival building in the southern tip of Bombay lives an institution so …

The Milk Myth

Mapping Dairy, Forging Intolerance

Metabolics, Apr 15 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

As a child, I vividly remember avoiding a bowl of fermenting mare’s milk at the foot of our kitchen pantry. So …

Ceilings

Features, Apr 15 2016

by Ivan Rios-Fetchko

If I were to go up Waterman St.—preferably excited and apprehensive, on a bike with The Cranberries playing and one beer …

Pain Killers

Opioid Use and Overuse in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 15 2016

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

“We have a public health crisis that cannot be resolved by the criminal justice system.” July 9, 2015: Dr. Peter Karczmar, …

Country Kitchen, 1976

Boo Bradley's Mix

Features, Apr 08 2016

by Indy Playlist

Disintegration

Literary, Apr 08 2016

by Hannah Smith

There was a tree, and from its bare branches hung bells, wine glasses,chandelier crystals, whistles, and lanterns. The hunched tree, with …

My Own Ghosts

What We Talk About When We Talk About Empathy

Features, Apr 08 2016

by Joseph Frankel

In a nightmarish story called A Country Doctor, Kafka writes about a night when the titular character has to ride miles …

Spaces We Might Not Have Inhabited

Fragments on Ambient Media

Arts, Apr 08 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

“This which yields or fills / All space, the ambient air wide interfus’d” –John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667) The term ‘ambient …

Clear Site

Urban Renewal in Cathedral Square

Metro, Apr 08 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

There are four parking lots within a two block radius, but parking on the empty cement plaza of Cathedral Square is …

The Power of a Home

Preserving Affordable Housing in South Providence

Metro, Apr 08 2016

by Colin Kent-Daggett

Despite the pre-recession levels of unemployment touted in headlines across the country this week, the affordable housing crisis rages on across …

A Gift of God

Mother Teresa's Canonization and Her Complicated Legacy

News, Apr 08 2016

by Jane Argodale

In December, Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to the Albanian-born nun Mother Teresa. A Brazilian man claimed that in …

Week in Campaigning

News, Apr 08 2016

by Will Tavlin, Hannah Maier-Katkin & Jack Brook

Getting Colder Rhode Island kicked off its new tourism campaign last week only to face immediate international ridicule, accusations of financial …

Fuck Me Through the Camera Hole of a Trepanned Minion iPhone Case Like Two Lovers Through a Sheet

Literary, Mar 18 2016

by Liby Hays

LIKES Likes: Licking escalators, tongue transplants. The Smallness and the Coarseness To love a small piece of rope. The Restaurant It …

And How Does That Make You Feel?

On AI and Mental Health Care

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2016

by Joseph Frankel

The word “therapy” might evoke some archaic characters and images: the patient lying on a leather couch, the older male therapist …

The Tutor Wears Prada

Education as Commodity in Hong Kong

Occult, Mar 18 2016

by Natalie Tsang

On a Saturday evening in February, dozens of teenagers line up outside translucent glass doors. Some chatter with their neighbors. Others …

On Being Lost

Features, Mar 18 2016

by Gabrielle Hick, Dominique Pariso & Patrick McMenamin

Field Notes from an Exploration of the Rhode Island Craigslist’s Lost and Found Page Somebody found a tool bag in Cranston, …

Utah, In Time

Features, Mar 18 2016

by Ian Bowers

Muley Point Tent pitched in the red dirt, colorless in the wide desert dark, whipping from the tip of Muley Point …

A River's Decline

Metro, Mar 18 2016

by Jane Argodale

The Woonasquatucket River begins in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, running through the Providence neighborhoods of Olneyville and Federal Hill, then below …

Berta Cáceres, Presente

Indigenous Resistance and Repression in Honduras

News, Mar 18 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

On the morning of March 5, the streets of the small Honduran town of La Esperanza woke up to the sounds …

Journalism From The Margins

Requiem for Al Jazeera America

News, Mar 18 2016

by Madeleine Matsui

Al Jazeera America has bitten the dust. On February 26, 2016, with all operations slated to close by April 30, 2016, …

Week in Modern Warfare

News, Mar 18 2016

by Wilson Cusack, Piper French, Jonah Max & Will Tavlin

Protocols and Transgressions On the night of March 1st two Israeli Defense Force troops found themselves in the Palestinian refugee camp …

Surveil the Surveillors

In Conversation with Glenn Greenwald

Interviews, Mar 11 2016

by Elias Bresnick

In 2013, Glenn Greenwald published a series of articles in the Guardian outlining the stunningly invasive and widespread data-collection tactics of …

The Lab

A Story of Compression

Science & Technology, Mar 11 2016

by Fatima Husain

The glass wool flies towards the vacuum in the back of the fume hood in futility—a constant regular nuisance caused by …

False Dogs

Arts, Mar 11 2016

by Liby Hays

A Concrete Tent

Architecture and Occupation in Palestine

Features, Mar 11 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

Tranquil dwellings Chapter 32, verse 18 of the Book of Isaiah reads, “My people will abide in peaceful habitation, in secure …

Masters Khamenei and Jamshidi, A Letter4U

Features, Mar 11 2016

by Kostis Koutalidis

Although no one can individually fill the created gaps, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness …

The Question of Dissent

Nationalism and Student Politics in India

News, Mar 11 2016

by Shreena Thakore

“Dismantle the casteist Brahminical patriarchy.” “Humein desh se nahi, desh mein azaadi chahiye.” (We want freedom in the country, not from …

Week in Rebranding

News, Mar 11 2016

by Maya Sorabjee & Piper French

Black is the Meanest Color Stand before his Cloud Gate in Chicago and watch your reflection twist across its curved surface, …

Three Poems

Literary, Mar 04 2016

by Anna Bonesteel

Good morning Hell, I cruise. Through life, much like sand through the hourglass, or a fish in the stream. I keep …

How's My Driving?

Science & Technology, Mar 04 2016

by Julian Fox

I remember the feeling of driving a car for the first time. The freedom I felt, most likely ingrained in me …

Who Cares?

Medicine and Colonial Modernity

Features, Mar 04 2016

by Rani Chumbak

In the mid-1800s, when cholera was killing people by the thousands in South Asia, British historian and member of the Indian …

Cannon Cloth

Thoughts on T-Shirt Guns

Arts, Mar 04 2016

by Mary Catherine Nanda

Walk into any Goodwill and you can find an anthology of cotton t-shirts that span a certain American experience. There’s Megan’s …

Brand Name Reality

VR and Journalistic Ethics

Features, Mar 04 2016

by Jack Brook

Chris Milk believes we have found “the ultimate empathy machine” in the form of Virtual Reality (VR). Formerly a renowned music …

Overdue Notice

Labor Grievances in Brown University’s Changing Libraries

Metro, Mar 04 2016

by Erin West & Will Tavlin

In February 2016, Brown University completed its full scale renovations of the John D. Rockefeller Library’s ground floor. A new lobby …

Reckoning With Memory

Atonement in Germany and the US

News, Mar 04 2016

by Joshua Bronk

On February 11, Germany began its trial of Reinhold Hanning, a former guard at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. He …

Week in Overreactions

News, Mar 04 2016

by Jack Brook, Alif Ibrahim & Julia Tompkins

Precious Memes The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, thought it would simply be another case of swiftly repressed political satire. …

Notes on Mom Books

Elena Ferrante's Visual Aesthetics

Arts, Feb 19 2016

by Lisa Borst

When I was in high school, I worked in a small bookstore in Virginia. I mostly helped out, shelving books and …

Humble Abodes

In Conversation with Charles Simonds

Interviews, Feb 19 2016

by Maya Sorabjee

In his 1976 fictive ethnographyThree Peoples, New York-based sculptor Charles Simonds imagined the building practices of three civilizations governed by different …

Mindful Bodies

Bringing Mindfulness to PVD Schools

Metro, Feb 19 2016

by Madeleine Matsui

Find your mindful body. Find an anchor for your breath. Close your eyes. These are the instructions that Shannon Smith, a …

Bear With Me

Salvation, Sobriety, and Salmon in the Alaskan Bush

Features, Feb 19 2016

by Emma Jean Holley

Tick, tick, tick went the wristwatch found by Willy Fulton. This is not a story about Willy Fulton, or the wristwatch, …

Figurative Analysis

Waxwork and the Laboring Body

Metabolics, Feb 19 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

When a wax figure of Nicki Minaj was unveiled in Las Vegas this past August, fellow rapper Azealia Banks tweeted in …

Providence College Protests

A Local Struggle Against Systemic Racism

Metro, Feb 18 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

At 8:30am on Tuesday, February 16, a group of student activists, predominantly students of color, gathered in room 218 of Harkins …

"Gentrification is Breaking Our Hearts"

The Affordable Housing Crisis in Providence

Metro, Feb 18 2016

by Jack Brook

Roline Burgison has been forced to leave from over ten different houses in South Providence despite never missing a day of …

Machine Guns to Olive Branches

Colombia Imagines Peace Once Again

News, Feb 18 2016

by Maria Camila Bustos & Nicolas Montano

Last week, Colombia and the United States celebrated the fifteen year anniversary of Plan Colombia. This program, often heralded as the …

Week in Drudgery

News, Feb 18 2016

by Liz Cory & Lance Gloss

Toils Not Been considering the lilies? So has Joaquín García. And he’s had plenty of time to consider. Mr. García was …

RISD Confidential

On Foundations and Boundaries

Arts, Feb 12 2016

by Liby Hays

A mythic aura hangs about RISD Foundations year like a thin layer of spray fixative in an art student’s lungs. When …

Is it the Canvas or the Painter?

Poetry's Machine Age

Science & Technology, Feb 12 2016

by Kamille Johnson

This anatomy Of extraordinary names Where did it come from? The poem is not what you think. This haiku was crafted …

Return of the Franchise

The Force Awakens to Disney

Arts, Feb 12 2016

by Will Tavlin

The triumphant return to Star Wars, the opening crawl, like every preceding Star Wars film, plants us in the thick of …

Something's in the Water

Lead Poisoning in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 12 2016

by Rick Salamé

Several men huddled around a fire hydrant late on a recent winter night. They were workers with Providence Water, a state-regulated …

All That We Have Written

Features, Feb 12 2016

by Gabrielle Hick

In one place, long ago, they called him Nabû. In their tongue his name was a god’s name, and he was …

We Are Not Disposable

Accountability and Irreversibility in Flint, Michigan

News, Feb 12 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

In October of 2014, employees at the General Motors manufacturing facility based in Flint, Michigan began to worry. The employees at …

Bernie Sanders and the Glass-Proof Elevator

The non-issue of a candidate's religion

Occult, Feb 12 2016

by Lance Gloss

If the 2016 presidential race has revealed anything about US politics, it has shown us how little remains off-limits. This, in …

Week in Divas

News, Feb 12 2016

by Jane Argodale, Liz Cory & Corey Hébert

SLAY While most people who watched the Super Bowl 50 halftime show were blown away by Beyoncé’s fierceness, dancing, and profound …

Fly Pirates

The Global Politics of M.I.A, Soccer, and Jerseys

Metabolics, Feb 05 2016

by Sam Samore

Those who are familiar with the singer/musician M.I.A., born Mathangi Arulpragasam, know that she presents a certain air of unfuckable-with-ness. This …

Ascent

Watching Scientific Interests Grow Over Time

Science & Technology, Feb 05 2016

by Fatima Husain

Yellow petals surprise the curious amidst the sea of Kentucky Blue. My family doesn’t quite understand why I stare out of …

Documentary Analysis

The PDF, the STL, and the Future of Documentation

Arts, Feb 05 2016

by Jonah Max

In an early effort to digitize their libraries’ vast archive of texts and documents, the archivists and librarians of MIT began …

$HORT-¢HANGED

The Language of the Financial Crisis

Arts, Feb 05 2016

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

Vocabulary Short When someone “shorts” a security, they are betting that it will fall in value at some point after the …

Whose Buddy?

Remembering Providence's Infamous Mayor

Metro, Feb 05 2016

by Lisa Borst, Sophie Kasakove & Rick Salamé

A corrupt Machiavellian bully, a benevolent populist, a talk radio personality, a marinara-sauce entrepreneur, a meme—rarely does a local politician acquire …

Thrown Under the Bus

RIPTA Revokes No-Fare Passes

Metro, Feb 05 2016

by Jamie Packs

“RIPTA helps seniors get out and be more active, a good way to feel better about life.” Thus begins a video …

Last Month in Oregon

White Terrorism and Colonial Dispossession

Features, Feb 05 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

On Tuesday, January 26th, FBI and Oregon State Police officers finally arrested armed militants, including brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who …

The Children Are Our Future

The Call for Ethnic Studies in PVD High Schools

Metro, Feb 05 2016

by Shane Potts

“It’s mad cold out here,” yells Patrick Kim of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). It’s a chilly afternoon, and the …

Week in Deliveries

News, Feb 05 2016

by Gabrielle Hick, Madeleine Matsui & Ryan Rosenberg

Come, Gone Turlock residents are wondering if the tennis elbow was worth it. Turlock sits smack in the middle of the …

The Language of Unloving

Literary, Dec 04 2015

by Gabrielle Hick

When they’d been married for thirty-one years, and unhappy in each other for most of them, my grand’maman and my grand’papa …

Black Boxes and Black Mirrors

Arts, Dec 04 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances, Eli Neuman-Hammond & Athena Washburn

A black box is a unit, a unified system, or a discrete object which takes inputs and produces outputs but whose …

Predator and Prey

On the Brief Life and Instant Death of Internet Hunting

Metabolics, Dec 04 2015

by Jonah Max

In early 2005, Internet entrepreneur John Lockwood hooked a .30/06 rifle up to an improvised electronic rig and wired the contraption …

Empire, Limited

Writing in Transience

Features, Dec 04 2015

by Julia Tompkins

Amtrak’s Empire Builder train departs from Chicago Union Station, arcing northwest along the border with Canada and passing through Milwaukee, St. …

When The Foam Settles

Essentialism in Tech

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Charlie Windolf

On March 11, 2011, a 71-year-old fisherman named Morihisa Kanouya stood on a small hill in Ukedo, Japan. In the distance, …

Exorcisms Afoot

Renaming and Reclaiming Spaces of Power

Occult, Dec 04 2015

by Lance Gloss

What is peculiar about ghosts? They are the dead. But there is of course no consensus on what it really means …

Burn It Down, Again

The New Mass Movement Against Institutional Oppression

News, Dec 04 2015

by Francis Torres

On November 2, Jonathan Butler, a black graduate student at the University of Missouri, began a hunger strike and promised not …

Clash of Symbolizations

Bush, Obama, Hollande, and a War of Words

Features, Dec 04 2015

by Henry Staley

Presidents don’t just authorize wars—they author them. This became especially clear during the second Bush administration, a tenure that will be …

With Arms Half Open

The United States Responds to the Refugee Crisis

Features, Dec 04 2015

by Wilson Cusack

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 brought new urgency to the discussion of how the United States should respond …

Week in Companions

News, Dec 04 2015

by Dominique Pariso & Tristan Rodman

Dogs Good Almost every week, there is a new Dog Study. These reports, compiled by some of the finest researchers in …

A Day in the Life

The Quantified Self and the Stream of Consciousness

Features, Nov 20 2015

by Ben Berke & Henry Staley

When Nicholas Felton lectured at RISD last month, he wasn’t giving the typical alumni success speech. The 1999 graduate was introduced …

Creating a Dialogue

Ecuador Reaches Out to the Shuar People

News, Nov 20 2015

by Charlotte Biren

On October 30, Rosa Mireya Cardenas, Ecuador’s Deputy Minister of Justice, represented the Ecuadorian government in a visit to the Shuar …

If These Walls Could Talk

Devin Costa Exposes the Lonely

Metro, Nov 20 2015

by Ben Williams

Loneliness was there before he wrote it. In the vacant buildings, the downtown parking lots, the abandoned streets. It was there …

The Failed OG Was a GOP

When Music Taste Turns Political

Arts, Nov 20 2015

by Rebecca Blandon

News outlets have been prying into each bit of Dr. Ben Carson’s autobiography, vetting stories from his childhood in which he …

Inside / Outside

Metabolics, Nov 20 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

I. Digest, verb from the verb digerere, from di‘apart’ + gerere ‘carry’; noun from digestus ‘divided.’ II. The process of digestion …

Week in Bureaucracy

News, Nov 20 2015

by Alif Ibrahim & Julia Tompkins

Cable Cabals In the early 1950s, as the Cold War began to chill, the US laid thousands of miles of cable …

About a Rock

Literary, Nov 13 2015

by EmmaJean Holley

If you grew up on the island, you called it The Rock. To use it in a sentence: “I can’t wait …

A Charming Zero

On Robert Walser's Microscripts

Features, Nov 13 2015

by Will Weatherly

Writing, by nature, is a physical trade. It has motion, exertion, exactitude. Handwriting is formed by the tracing of a pen …

The Perfect Bubble

The Polynomial Guide to the Universe

Science & Technology, Nov 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Charlie Windolf

Everyday, I cut through the alleyway off Angell and Thayer street. There’s a dumpster, there. On a good day, whatever’s left …

The Other Earth

Young Thug and the New Affects of Afrofuturism

Arts, Nov 13 2015

by Yousef Hilmy & Alec Mapes-Frances

In a video posted online this September, French journalist Mouloud Achour (from Clique TV) and rapper Young Thug are sitting on …

Aim for the Stars

Yelp Reviewers Take On Providence

Metro, Nov 13 2015

by Jamie Packs, Shane Potts & Kim Sarnoff

Yelp is the democratic scream. Rate the restaurant, the local record store, the dental hygienist. People love your advice—from Yelp, we …

Trace, Body, and Care

Into the Performance Archive with Joan Jonas

Arts, Nov 13 2015

by Andrew J. Smyth

May was something of an event for American performance art. On the occasion of the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, …

Off Target Ethics

Drone Warfare and Its Legitimation

News, Nov 13 2015

by Wilson Cusack, Dominique Pariso & Francis Torres

On October 15, news outlet The Intercept released four classified documents that detail the Obama administration’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles …

Points of View

An Interview with Chang-rae Lee

Interviews, Nov 06 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

It’s hard to believe that Chang-rae Lee fell into writing by accident and as a second career. He possesses a unique …

Forgotten Worlds

Neglect and Fragility at the Ends of the Earth

Science & Technology, Nov 06 2015

by Camera Ford

Drifting Seaward Somewhere out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant floating garbage patch. But garbage continent might …

Just Say No to Bad Art

On Protest and Renoir

Arts, Nov 06 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances

Over the course of these past months, protesters have gathered outside of various cultural institutions including the Boston Museum of Fine …

Forbidden Nomnoms

Edibles From The Farthest Reaches of Our Blue Home Planet, The Earth, and Even Slightly Beyond

Metabolics, Nov 06 2015

by Liby Hays

To set forth my aims: I am equally invested in tasting and parsing the multifarious ‘nommies’ brought forth from all corners …

A Galaxy Closer to Home

Star Wars' Next Chapter

News, Nov 06 2015

by Dominique Pariso

On October 19, the official trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens debuted during halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night …

"Quel Monde!"

On Literary Rivalries

Features, Nov 06 2015

by Piper French, Yousef Hilmy & Henry Staley

The Spanish Baroque poet Francisco de Quevedo clanked rapiers with lyric poet Luis de Góngora on the page, sparring over the …

Severed

(Dis)embodied Art

Arts, Nov 06 2015

by Adam Hunt Fertig

In 2007, Shannon Whisnant, from rural North Carolina, buys a storage locker at auction. Inside the locker, he finds a smoker …

Aloha 'Āina

Community and Resistance on the Big Island

Features, Nov 06 2015

by Aanchal Saraf

‘Āhinahina blooms only once in its thirty to fifty years of life, and then dies. A member of the daisy family …

High Hopes

The Movement for Marijuana Legalization in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 06 2015

by Jane Argodale

During the winter of 2012, residents of Colorado and Washington state lit up in celebration of the legalization of recreational marijuana. …

Week in Posturing

News, Nov 06 2015

by Wilson Cusack & Francis Torres

Let’s hear it for glyphosate! It was high fives all around at Monsanto HQ in St. Louis, MO this June when …

Joint Identities

Literary, Oct 30 2015

by Lance Gloss

Toes on hot coals are punctual— have already been at the wheel, spinning dark’s wicker quickly to thread; the traffic chugs …

Finding His Way

Maze Artist Anthony Denver Talks Algorithms, Identity Shifts

Arts, Oct 30 2015

by Ian Faria

Anthony Denver designed his first corn maze in 1973, a small family attraction just outside Portland, Oregon. Only in the last …

Grey Area

In Conversation with David Rohde

Interviews, Oct 30 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

Twice-captured and twice the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, David Rohde has had a treacherous yet accomplished career in journalism. Starting …

Studs, Spikes, and Sprinklers

Hostile Architecture and its Woes

Features, Oct 30 2015

by Yousef Hilmy & Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

Public spaces aren’t always so. In his 1990 book City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Marxist urban theorist …

Source Text

Features, Oct 30 2015

by Katherine Long

The day I returned from Tajikistan, I ate half a Reuben. I put the other half of the sandwich in my …

Photoshop and its Discontents

A Digital Art History

Arts, Oct 30 2015

by Liby Hays

Gradient Tool When a function’s higher values are assigned darker colors, they create an image like the one below, called a …

Industrial Nostalgia

Images from the Providence City Archives

Metro, Oct 30 2015

by Jamie Packs

The Hadley Co., Watch Bracelet Factory Ceco Manufacturing Co., Radio Tube Manufacturing Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co. Gorham Manufacturing Co., Silver …

Listen to the Kids, Man

Fast Times at Rhode Island's Child Services

Metro, Oct 30 2015

by Shane Potts

On a radiant day in July, Governor Gina Raimondo—for the second time this year—called for a complete overhaul of Rhode Island’s …

Week in Necromancy

News, Oct 30 2015

by Ben Berke & Jay Mamana

On Zombies and Vampire Capitalism Politically interested visitors to the Highgate Cemetery in North London will spy some great names on …

From the Editors

News, Oct 24 2015

by Camera Ford, Shane Potts & Rick Salamé

In an ideal world, a publication might be able to publish all the perspectives on a given issue and give them …

Posers?

America's Bends With Benefits

Metabolics, Oct 23 2015

by Lance Gloss

In 2014, Washington, D.C. extended the sales tax. Residents would now cough up for tanning services, car washes, and upholstering jobs. …

Notes on Discontinuity

Features, Oct 23 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

There is a grid; it gathers itself from beyond the picture-frame, and focuses to a point in the distant horizon. From …

The Seventh Day

Stories in My Cereal

Arts, Oct 23 2015

by Abbey Perrault

In 1898, a young doctor from Michigan removed a batch of disfigured granola from his oven. Flat, he observed. His failed …

Three Deserts

Notes on Cinematic Desolation

Features, Oct 23 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances

I. For me, the desert has always been a fascinating thought-image within the Western imaginary, even if it’s exceedingly ambiguous or …

The State of Labor

Providence's Union Problem

Metro, Oct 23 2015

by Laura Durand

As I ride the escalators to the top floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center, I am greeted warmly by Mike …

Past and Present

Justice in Guatemala

News, Oct 23 2015

by Wilson Cusack

It began on April 16, when the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala announced the uncovering of a corruption scheme …

America Runs on Racism™

A Steaming Cup of #BlackLivesMatter

Metro, Oct 23 2015

by Jane Argodale

The Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 (FOP), a local chapter of the national Fraternal Order of Police which has …

The Edible Complex

Paths to the Ultimate Mushroom

Science & Technology, Oct 23 2015

by Mickey Zaslavsky

Under the brush, a golden-red cap glints. Trembling, I push back the undergrowth and gasp. I then gingerly pull out the …

Freedom for Whom?

Speech Acts and Power at Brown University

Arts, Oct 23 2015

by Frances Torres

October 29, 2013. Ray Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner, arrives at Brown for an honorary lecture. Many of my friends …

Fred

Literary, Oct 23 2015

by Sarah Dillard

The following is a story, and this story is fictional. It is about a man named Fred. Fred’s black hair sat …

Week in Preservation

News, Oct 23 2015

by Lance Gloss, Gabrielle Hick & Dominique Pariso

Off the Books Where be dead skin cells, piled up, and caked upon the pages, secret treasures await: an archivist’s reading …

Late Payment

Jane Austen and the Future of our Debts

Features, Oct 09 2015

by Zeke Reffe-Hogan

When we act in the world we initiate new beginnings whose ends cannot be known. In the chaotic unfolding of action, …

Pastoral Fixation

The Rituals and Space of Religion and Superstition

Arts, Oct 09 2015

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

They are honest and well-meaning Christians of unhealthy constitutions, and melancholy tempers, who are so miserably harrass'd; who above all things …

Radios in Our Heads

Thoughts on Songwriting

Features, Oct 09 2015

by Dash Elhauge

In a tower on an island by a dock with a kayak, I write songs. The boat is built for one. …

Tired of Art

Arts, Oct 09 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances & Athena Washburn

Robert Smithson,A Heap of Language, 1966 (Wikimedia Commons) In response to the 1970s energy crisis, citizens around the US began collecting …

The Perils of Liminality

Considering the Stampede at Mecca

News, Oct 09 2015

by Mickey Zaslavsky

On September 26, a deadly stampede occurred during the annual Hajj pilgrimage when two waves of Muslim pilgrims collided on streets …

Stepping Up to the Plate

Rhode Island Seeks a New Image

Metro, Oct 09 2015

by Jamie Packs

In October of last year Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled his design for a new Rhode Island license plate. The simple proposal …

Why 2015 Might Actually Shake the Status Quo

The Changing Politics of Development and Climate Change

News, Oct 09 2015

by Maria Camila Bustos

On September 21, 2014, over 400,000 people marched in the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change. …

Week in Transposition

News, Oct 09 2015

by Wilson Cusack, Julia Tompkins & Francis Torres

Bud, Not Buddy For anyone who grew up in the era of the 1978 book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, …

Going Soft

Weight in Theory and Practice

Metabolics, Oct 02 2015

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

It might be my Catholic upbringing, but I’m often at least a little wary of things I enjoy. A sin, after …

Blood Jet

Notes on Plasma

Features, Oct 02 2015

by Hannah Smith

I. Plasma is replaced every 48 hours. In World War II, dried plasma, like dust, was dropped into Britain, far from …

Beyond Our Fingers

The Hidden Beauty of Recursive Computing

Science & Technology, Oct 02 2015

by Dash Elhauge

When I was four, I snuck into my mother’s bedroom and flicked the switch by her makeup desk. Big filaments blazed …

Dear Indy...

Reptilian Pontifex and Lord Levant Give Counsel

Features, Oct 02 2015

by Reptilian Pontifex & Lord Levant

Q: Dear Indy, I don’t understand how money works. A: Dear Anonymous, Money is paper, sport. cf. The Merchant of Venice; …

Postcolonial Sounds

Arts, Oct 02 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! [a man screams; pulsing kuduro drums begin falling from a digitized Iberian Sky, they reverberate against AHHH! …

An Attempt at Exhausting a Space in Providence

Lessons from Georges Perec

Metro, Oct 02 2015

by Shane Potts

The French novelist Georges Perec often set himself needless literary constraints. In his 1969 novel, La Disparition (A Void), he writes …

Mr. Bergoglio Goes to Washington

Pope Francis I and the Course of Catholicism in American Politics

News, Oct 02 2015

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

Pope Francis I arrived in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 22. He was invited to speak at a joint session of …

Week in Extraordinary Measures

News, Oct 02 2015

by Liz Cory, Camera Ford & Julia Tompkins

Look Ma, No Hands You’re done with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. If we’re being real, you were …

The Philosopher's Wife

Literary, Sep 25 2015

by Sabrina Imbler

The American psychologist Harry Harlow designed an apparatus called the Pit of Despair, a steely, isolated trough designed to produce, in …

Transitions

In Conversation with Phyllis Randolph Frye

Arts, Sep 25 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

The College Hill Independent: You work at the intersection of law and social justice, and have used this position to advocate …

Cult of the Kempt

Lawns of the Suburban Imaginary Under Threat

Occult, Sep 25 2015

by Lance Gloss

We mowed them shaggy at college rentals mid-town; tightened edges on the winding subdivision drives; begged the truck to keep speed …

Barely Legal

The Volatile Chemistry of Synthetic Drugs

Science & Technology, Sep 25 2015

by Camera Ford

When the video starts, the woman is already on the ground. She is lying on her stomach next to the open …

Ashes and Digressions

Ruminations on Death

Features, Sep 25 2015

by Piper French, Yousef Hilmy & Henry Staley

Margaret Wise Brown, a children’s book author who generally shunned the company of children, is buried where she once lived—on a …

Make Me a Lemon Tree

Death Goes Green, All Are Welcome

Features, Sep 25 2015

by Julia Tompkins

Katrina Spade wants death in good company. In 2013, Spade, then an architecture student at UMass Amherst, began to think about …

What Am I Listening To?

K-Pop and US Torture Music

Arts, Sep 25 2015

by Athena Washburn

Tell me your wish Tell me that small dream you have within you Draw that ideal person you have inside your …

Walking to Not Forget

The Changing Place of HIV/AIDS Activism in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 25 2015

by Jamie Packs

Blocks away from the State House, Usher’s “Yeah” reverberates through the empty streets. The day is grey and wet, but I …

Just Business

Trump, The Apprentice, and the Labor of Reality TV

Arts, Sep 25 2015

by Jonah Max

As a helicopter emblazoned with the Trump logo veers over a rendering of the New York City skyline, the O’Jays sing …

Upper Limit

The Refugee Crisis and Islamophobia in Europe

News, Sep 25 2015

by Jane Argodale

On September 8, a video surfaced of Hungarian journalist Petra Laszlo kicking refugees as they ran past police out of a …

Week in Phantasms

News, Sep 25 2015

by Jay Mamana, Dominique Pariso & Tristan Rodman

Ladies’ Night There are those who would argue that the ’80s were a day-glo cultural vacuum best left unremembered. But it …

You Know How This Is

Literary, Sep 18 2015

by Gabrielle Hick

into the slow bend of an S-curve summer you bleed more lonely than you thought you would if you could ask …

"Too Much World"

On Hito Steyerl

Arts, Sep 18 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances

At Artists Space in Tribeca, the disembodied voice of Bruce Lee booms from Hito Steyerl’s video Liquidity, Inc., amid the distant …

Fracks and Edges

Equitable Energy and Clean Power

Metro, Sep 18 2015

by Shane Potts

Vampiric, Hurricane Sandy drained the life-blood of New York City in 2012, flooding its subway system for the first time in …

Raw Footage

In Conversation With Elinor Carucci

Arts, Sep 18 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

There is a closeness to Elinor Carucci’s work. The proximity of her camera to her subject matter results in intimate images, …

Runt in Orbit

Pluto and Humanity Do the Long Distance Thing

Science & Technology, Sep 18 2015

by Lance Gloss

The interplanetary space probe New Horizons arrived this July in the Pluto system, marking both a new milestone for astronomy and …

Not Your Mother's Tongue

Language Troubles in Rhode Island's Schools

Metro, Sep 18 2015

by Jamie Packs

“I’m from Guatemala,” Leandro tells me the moment I enter Ms. Lopez’s fifth grade classroom at William D’Abate Elementary School in …

Vultures on the Island

In Defense of Debtors

News, Sep 18 2015

by Francis Torres

Few concepts in Judeo-Christian theology are as emancipating as the Jubilee year. Celebrating the end of seven sabbatical cycles, each seven …

Week in Review

News, Sep 18 2015

by Dominique Pariso, Wilson Cusack & Dash Elhauge

The Artist Formally Known as Roach It is an unseasonably hot fall evening. Sweat drips down your back as you approach …

OLD TIRED ETHICS

Sex Work In Rhode Island

Metro, May 01 2015

by Jane Argodale

Early in April, undercover Providence police posted escort ads on the website Backpage.com, and arrested 22 respondents for soliciting sex at …

A review of Dope

Features, May 01 2015

by Sara Winnick & Casey Friedman

The frame freezes: a grey Gameboy rotates as it falls, darkred blood splattered across the square screen. Early on inthe newly …

Strange Absences

A Conversation with Junot Díaz

Arts, May 01 2015

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 …

ONE MORE SUCK AT YOUR LIFE

The Lyrical Mutations of Can and Sun Ra

Arts, May 01 2015

by Greg Nissan

She can have she, like her birthday, sooth To sing swan song - Damo Suzuki, “Sing Swan Song” (songmeanings.com) vs. Shaking …

BUSES INTO LAND SHARKS

Alternative Theater in Providence

Metro, May 01 2015

by Sophie Kasakove & Lisa Borst

This is Rapid Transit They changed it last week, the 11 Broad St And the 99 in Pawtucket The opposite of …

THE DEPARTMENT

Funding Athletics at Brown

Metabolics, May 01 2015

by William Underwood & Sam Bresnick

On March 7, the Brown men’s basketball team concluded its 2014–15 season with a road loss to Harvard, the eventual Ivy …

About a Film About A Book

Review of "End of the Tour"

Arts, May 01 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

I’m a person writing an article about a movie (The End ofthe Tour) about a person (David Lipsky) writing an article …

Included/Excluded

Special Education in Providence and Beyond

Features, May 01 2015

by Sara Winnick

On Tuesday, April 14, the cafeteria monitors at The Grace School are Dylan and Jada. Anthony handles the library. The teacher …

I Suppose

Literary, May 01 2015

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 …

From the Editors V.30 N.10

News, May 01 2015

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 …

Week in Farewells

News, May 01 2015

by Kyle Giddon & Alex Sammon

Jack Bruce is dead. Kurt Cobain is dead. Cream and Nirvana are gone while SUM41 is going strong. There is no …

INFECTIOUS

A Conversation with James Hoff

Interviews, Apr 17 2015

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 …

A POND AND THE PEOPLE

Metro, Apr 17 2015

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 …

Gridwork

Arts, Apr 17 2015

by Sarah Cheung

Stuffed to the Gills

An amateur dissection of taxidermy

Science & Technology, Apr 17 2015

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 …

A Genocide by Any Other Name

The Armenian Genocide 100 Years On

News, Apr 17 2015

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 …

Week in Puns

News, Apr 17 2015

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 …

The Arms Race

Bodybuilding and the Muscular Dead-End

Metabolics, Apr 17 2015

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 …

Traversing Magazine Tear-Outs

Literary, Apr 17 2015

by Emma Moore

Archival Work Performed by: Emma Moore Location: the Picture Collection, RISD Fleet Library second floor, 4 November 2014. The Subject Index …

Magic, Magyck, Magick

Occult, Apr 17 2015

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 …

Week in Sponsorship

News, Apr 10 2015

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 …

The History of Life on Earth

The Work and Life of Elizabeth Fulda

Features, Apr 10 2015

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 …

The Ugly Rocking Bird Pendant

Metro, Apr 10 2015

by Sarah Weiss

Seller, blackcatjewelz, shouts: BEAUTIFUL RARE ANTIQUE OSTBY BARTON 10K STERLING ETCHED WHITE TOPAZ RING SZ 7 on eBay, as if the …

EARTH LINKS

Technology, Agriculture, and the Computational Metaphor

Science & Technology, Apr 10 2015

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 …

Culture Shock

A Short Timeline of Controversial Art

Arts, Apr 10 2015

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, …

How to Slice an Apple

Metro, Apr 10 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

After a slew of new appointments to the Providence School Board (PSB) by newly elected Mayor Jorge Elorza, the expansion of …

VOICES ON THE GROUND

A Conversation with Amy Goodman

Interviews, Apr 10 2015

by Sam Samore

Amy Goodman is perhaps better at asking questions than anyone else in the media. Goodman is founder and primary host of …

From the Editors V.30 N.8

News, Apr 10 2015

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 …

Power Players

Negotiating the Future of the Middle East

News, Apr 10 2015

by Peter Makhlouf

Since the Iranian revolution, 1,672 Iranians have died in plane crashes. Iran has one of the most dismal aviation safety records …

Two Men

Literary, Apr 10 2015

by Dash Elhauge

Two men folded their bodies in the wind. One of the men panned his red chin over the landscape. The flurries …

In Which Contact Occurs

Features, Apr 03 2015

by Matthew Marsico

Samuel R. Delany’s 1975 science-fiction opus Dhalgren takes place in and on the outskirts of Bellona, a mysterious city in the …

COMIC RELIEF

A conversation with Providence Comic Consortium’s Walker Mettling

Interviews, Apr 03 2015

by Erin Prinz-Schwartz

Providence is a great city for certain things—coffee milk, noise music, gruesome bike vs. pothole accidents, and notably, indie comics and …

Week in Fools

News, Apr 03 2015

by Kyle Giddon, Elias Bresnick, Dominique Pariso & Dash Elhauge

Abandon hope, all ye who read! The scribes have played a ruse; These penmen hath concocted fibs Yet dare to call …

After Dark at the Texaco

Literary, Apr 03 2015

by Vhalla Otarod

like rust swirling in the blood coiling nerves—braided wire, the shimmer blue that gasoline drips from the pump—burning holes through rubber, …

Laboring for Democracy

On the Minimum Wage in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 03 2015

by Peter Makhlouf

Rhode Island has an NRA problem. And it has nothing to do with guns. Last June, the Rhode Island legislature passed …

The Thirst Ahead

Science & Technology, Apr 03 2015

by Camera Ford

One day in late February, the taps that carry water to São Paolo’s 20 million residents suddenly went dry. The effects …

Up In The Air

Metabolics, Apr 03 2015

by Zeve Sanderson

The court is its typical 94 feet long by 50 feet wide; the hoop stands ten feet tall; five from each …

Exit Right

News, Apr 03 2015

by Sebastian Clark

Soon to be unemployed students of Brown and RISD, you are not alone. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), as …

From the Editors V.30 N.7

News, Apr 03 2015

by Greg Nissan

[ The form of this FTE imitates Paul Legault's The Other Poems—Eds. ] Nothing sadder than soggy pizza, our imperial grandmother …

SPOKES IN THE WHEEL

A Conversation with DARE's Fred Ordoñez

Interviews, Mar 13 2015

by Mika Kligler

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) is a grassroots community organizing force based on the southside of Providence. Through door-knocking, …

Week in Education

News, Mar 13 2015

by Jamie Packs & Sebastian Clark

Easy as ABC Substitute teachers have an almost mythic allure. They alone offer high school students the prospect of a brief …

On India's Daughter

Arts, Mar 13 2015

by Ria Vaidya & Himani Sood

The average news-reader is all too familiar with the atrocity that the documentary India’s Daughter is centered on: the gang rape …

Save the Children?

The Childhood Education Debate That’s Really About Adults

Features, Mar 13 2015

by Sara Winnick

According to Leanne Barrett, senior analyst at the policy and advocacy center Kids Count Rhode Island, five state departments currently oversee …

Memoir of a Young Hacker

Science & Technology, Mar 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge

When I was 13, I wrote a piece of malicious software and put it on my mother’s computer. It took the …

The Art of Amusement

Metro, Mar 13 2015

by Sienna Zeilinger

The Providence Laughter Club meets downtown on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, on the sixth floor of 18 …

Tanks in the Backyard

Police Militarization in Providence

Metro, Mar 13 2015

by Malcolm Drenttel

In 2006 Glenn Reynolds wrote about the threat of police militarization in Popular Mechanics: “Soldiers and police are supposed to be …

RACISM MAKES US SICK

The Medical Repercussions of Segregation

Features, Mar 09 2015

by Jennifer Tsai

In medical school, class is scheduled for approximately 30 hours a week. This includes lectures on basic life sciences, histology, anatomy, …

FINDING TERROR

A Narrative Week in Review

News, Mar 06 2015

by Dash Elhauge

In 2013, Slate published a piece entitled “You Won’t Finish This Article.” Using a web analytics software called Chartbeat, Slate discovered …

WHY NOT FOOTBALL?

An Afternoon with the Connecticut Wreckers

Metabolics, Mar 06 2015

by William Underwood

For Connecticut Wreckers owner and head coach Gary Peloso, women’s tackle football was never a likely landing place. “My wife saw …

Without a Doubt

Choice & the Church in Rhode Island

Metro, Mar 06 2015

by Jane Argodale

In the United States, Catholic women will have abortions at about the same rate as other women—one in three by age …

Fanciful Skateboarding in Fancy Times

Arts, Mar 06 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

“We use chaos as a gateway to the unknown creating a new path. Nothing that can be measured by skill or …

Looking In

Transparent Surveillance in Providence

Metro, Mar 06 2015

by Erin Prinz-Schwartz

I’ve taken this bus line hundreds of times; once a week to work, half an hour each way, and short trips …

Week in Roads

News, Mar 06 2015

by Maya Sorabjee & Tristan Rodman

No Beef Let me paint you a quick portrait of modern India. In my neighborhood there’s a housing colony that has …

From the Editors V.30 N.5

News, Mar 06 2015

by Patrick McMenamin

The Indy wants to be your friend. Quickly, double-check your email, fold your laundry, and update a few items on your …

Anxious Bodies

Features, Mar 06 2015

by Anne Fosburg

I don’t tell people about how when I was nine I couldn’t go to sleep without counting all of the markers …

Fracture/Conjure

Features, Feb 27 2015

by Diane Exavier

Passage He arrived in Miami on a ship. One of his brothers had arranged the voyage, fashioning a plan involving a …

Paranoia at the Picture Show

Conspiracy and Crisis in Inherent Vice

Arts, Feb 27 2015

by Sam Samore

At the center of Inherent Vice, the latest feature film from Paul Thomas Anderson, lies the impenetrable Golden Fang. At turns …

AN EGALITARIAN TUMOR

Talking with Umberto Crenca

Interviews, Feb 27 2015

by Emma Lloyd

In downtown Providence, at the intersection of Washington and Empire Streets, stands AS220, a popular bar, restaurant, and performance space. AS220 …

Week In Exegesis

News, Feb 27 2015

by Kyle Giddon & Dominique Pariso

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Picture it: you’re swimming through the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounded by a school …

Letter To My Unborn Child

Features, Feb 27 2015

by Armani Madison

We are in the midst of a disturbing trend: the intentional, no-consequence murders of Black bodies by law enforcement. The path …

From the Editors V.30 N.4

News, Feb 27 2015

by Rick Salamé

The PawSox’s new ownership group wants to relocate the team to Providence and—my regrets to Pawtucket—a baseball stadium would be good …

Vandalism at the Islamic School of Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 27 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

At 1:11pm on a glacial Friday, February 20th, about sixty people gathered in the back half of a small gymnasium, a …

Courting the Couture

Metabolics, Feb 27 2015

by Kyle Giddon, Sam Bresnick, Stephanie Hayes, William Underwood & Zeve Sanderson

In honor of New York Fashion Week and the NBA All-Star Game’s alignment in New York City, the Indy takes a …

To Be Ourselves

Science & Technology, Feb 27 2015

by Wilson Cusack

“I founded 4chan eleven and a half years ago at the age of 15, and after more than a decade and …

New Windows

A Conversation with Rebecca Traister

Interviews, Feb 27 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

Every time Rebecca Traister sees someone wearing a “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” T-shirt, she feels a rush of …

WEEK IN CIVILIZATION

News, Feb 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge, Lisa Borst & Alex Sammon

No Uglies On a warm autumn day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy sat calmly beside his wife, Jackie, in the …

BROKEN SPOKE

Metro, Feb 13 2015

by Emma Phillips

With the image of New York and Boston before it, Providence is designing a bike share. Providence’s bike share will be …

Clipped Wings

Metabolics, Feb 13 2015

by Miles Taylor

Watching the Atlanta Hawks play is like watching chaos. On offense, no one stops moving. The court is a constant whirlwind …

Bacteria[s] R Us

Science & Technology, Feb 13 2015

by Camera Ford

Last week, a new study delivered confirmation of something that many of us had suspected for decades: the New York City …

for Sally Ride

Literary, Feb 13 2015

by Stefania Gomez

NASA engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 [tampons] the right number?” She would be in space for a week. –American Prospect, June …

Pre-reflections on Go Set a Watchman

News, Feb 13 2015

by Dominique Pariso

Stop the presses. Rocking the literary world, Harper Lee, celebrated novelist of To Kill a Mockingbird announced on Tuesday, that she …

From the Editors V.30 N.2

News, Feb 06 2015

by Lisa Borst & Kyle Giddon

Last week, we listened to the warnings of the weathermen. Our mothers called us. We called our mothers. We stockpiled. We …

Mundane Reasons

Emailing with Lydia Davis

Interviews, Feb 06 2015

by Mika Kligler

Lydia Davis lives in a converted schoolhouse in upstate New York. When I think of her, I think of her perched …

Cartooning's Double Face

Oppression and Liberation in the Cartoon World

Arts, Feb 06 2015

by Athena Washburn

“Few things can hurt you more directly than a caricature of yourself, of a group you belong to, or—perhaps worst—of a …

Syrizian Greece: Democracy 2.0?

News, Feb 06 2015

by Malcolm Drenttel

Last week, on a warm evening in Athens, Alexis Tsipras stepped on stage to announce his party’s victory, declaring through a …

The New Obvious Choice

Science & Technology, Feb 06 2015

by WIlson Cusack

Every June, 1500 interns arrive in Mountain View, California to begin their highly coveted summer internships at Google. They represent approximately …

Week In Abandonment

News, Feb 06 2015

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 …

The 'New' Providence

Thoughts on the Past and Present of the What Cheer? City

Metro, Feb 06 2015

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, …

Tom

Literary, Feb 06 2015

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 …

Black Girls Don't Cry

Features, Feb 06 2015

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 …

Goodell's Six Flags Misadventure

Metabolics, Feb 06 2015

by Sam Bresnick

Believe it or not, Deflategate—or whatever contrived name you want to attach to public outrage at under-inflation of footballs by the …

Class and the American Montessori Movement

Features, Jan 30 2015

by Sara Winnick

Providence, 2014 The foyer features a grand staircase and crown moldings. The mansion-turned pre-school’s hallway is lined with offices that used …

Tastes Like Chicken

Sizing Up Alternative Meats

Science & Technology, Jan 30 2015

by Jamie Packs

Although we live in a culture replete with red paint on fur coats, images of warehouses crammed with livestock, and non-stop …

Artificial Giants

India's Troubling Memorial Plans

Arts, Jan 30 2015

by Maya Sorabjee

I was once given directions, drawn on a paper napkin, to a longstanding Bombay secret. It took me eight months before …

The Revolution Will Not Be In English

Interpreting in Social Justice Spaces

Metro, Jan 30 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

Roberto Tijerina was eight years old when he was first asked by his aunts and uncles to accompany them to doctors’ …

Week in Shelter

News, Jan 30 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Sebastian Clark

There’s an App for That It’s been confirmed—that was a blizzard this past Tuesday. That powdery shit wrapped around your knees? …

Albany, Albany

Shelly Silver and the Status Quo

News, Jan 30 2015

by Elias Bresnick

The events that culminated in the arrest this past Tuesday of long-standing New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver call to mind …

From the Editors V.30 N.1

News, Jan 30 2015

by Rick Salamé, Stephanie Hayes & Zeve Sanderson

The ground freezes in winter and makes it hard to bury dead dogs and I think a new war will hit …

A Sad Anniversary

The Bhopal disaster 30 years on

News, Dec 05 2014

by Sebastian Clark

Thirty years ago on Wednesday, 40 metric tons of toxic gas escaped from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. …

Take It as It Comes

An interview with lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore

Interviews, Dec 05 2014

by Dash Elhauge

Before there were hipsters in faded t-shirts digging through garage sales for vintage tube amps, before kids swiped their grandparents record …

Building Exclusion into College Hill

Metro, Dec 05 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

The old saying goes, ‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.’ But what …

After Whitman

Homosexual and gay poets talk back to Whitman

Arts, Dec 05 2014

by Will Fesperman

“What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman,” sighs Allen Ginsberg at the beginning of his 1955 poem “A Supermarket …

Black and Blues

Police brutality in Providence

Metro, Dec 05 2014

by Mika Kligler

On Thursday September 10, at around 9:30 PM, John Prince heard someone “hollering” outside his house on the Southside of Providence. …

Notes on Connection

Science & Technology, Dec 05 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Technology—and more relevantly, those who make/use it—very much wants to work within a language of disruption. Tech has always defined breaks …

Week in Flesh

News, Dec 05 2014

by Kyle Giddon, Tristan Rodman & Alex Sammon

MISSING BRAINS!! PLEASE READ!! Missing: 200 human brains. Where: The University of Texas, Austin, TX. When: Sometime between the year 1987, …

Providential

Metro, Dec 05 2014

by Megan Hauptman

When Massachusetts exiled him for his radical religious beliefs in 1636, Roger Williams trekked south through an icy New England winter, …

Moneyball

Metabolics, Dec 05 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

We want you. Yeah, you, the one in the jersey. I couldn’t figure out why, but every fall, as financial institutions …

Genetic Poetics

Christian Bök gets experimental

Science & Technology, Dec 05 2014

by Jamie Packs

“The word is now a virus” —William S. Burroughs Something deeply radical is pulsating under poet Christian Bök’s seemingly normal exterior, …

The Great Beyond

Infinity and humanity in Interstellar

Arts, Dec 05 2014

by Erin Schwartz

When I was little, I was afraid of the woods and outer space. My still-forming suburban consciousness might have already known …

Iron and Fields

A journey to the inside of the earth

Science & Technology, Nov 21 2014

by Camera Ford

The earth can seem impenetrable, unexplainable, whether you are flipping through the pages of an earth science textbook or staring up …

Three Velvet Boyhoods

Literary, Nov 21 2014

by Andrew J. Smyth

To have been delighted by a jumpsuit. An unusual circumstance in which to find oneself, granted, and perhaps even an uncomfortable …

Cyborgs in the Club

Arca and the digital boundary

Science & Technology, Nov 21 2014

by Malcolm Drenttel

On November 1, Venezuelan electronic musician Arca released his debut album Xen, named for Arca’s alter ego, a genderless—though feminine—figure whom …

Take It From The Top

The Turbulent Evolution of Mama Coco's

Arts, Nov 21 2014

by Greg Nissan

It’s easy to wrap oneself up in the cushy utopian promise of music on the Internet: almost anyone can release an …

Sketching the Outlines

Thoughts on The David Foster Wallace Reader

Arts, Nov 21 2014

by Lisa Borst

Last week, Little, Brown, & Company released The David Foster Wallace Reader, a sort of Greatest Hits collection of some of …

Set, Jump, Release

Reflecting on a basketball career

Metabolics, Nov 21 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

When I was young, I played basketball in the winter, soccer in the fall, baseball in the spring, flag football in …

Facing Eviction

Metro, Nov 21 2014

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

Last month, I biked down to Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) at 340 Lockwood Street for a public forum …

Their Thayer

The faces of Thayer Street

Metro, Nov 21 2014

by Kalie Boyne & Tom Sullivan

It’s impossible to miss the changes on Thayer Street. Thedeep black of smooth asphalt bears the bright white stainof a new …

Week in Displacement

News, Nov 21 2014

by Sebastian Clark & Elias Bresnick

In Kindergarten, we called it “gimme, gimme.” Now we call it privatization. OPEN SEASON The Tanzanian government backtracked this week on …

Week in Pageantry

News, Nov 14 2014

by Haley Adams & Dash Elhague

Quite a bit of news, these waning days, gets lost to the humdrum. Print budgets have been slashed, newsrooms downsized, correspondents …

Sinful Spectacle

Television reaches a point of desperation

News, Nov 14 2014

by Elias Bresnick

Last Tuesday, Nik Wallenda attempted a truly staggering feat. A luminary in the field of tight-rope walking, Wallenda twinkle-toed 1,000 feet …

Bigger Than You Can Imagine

Paranoia and privacy law

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Big Data. Admittedly, it’s a great phrase, encapsulating every bigger-better progress narrative in a tight trisyllabic punch. As a term, it …

Intimate Strangers

Growing up on Internet forums

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Connor McGuigan

This is the most famous post in the history of Internet forums. On July 14 2004, a user registered as “lonely” …

Running Down the Clock

Sports, time zones, and globalization

Metabolics, Nov 14 2014

by Tristan Rodman

All major sports, at their core, are structured by time. Time structure differentiates an NBA game from pickup, performance from practice. …

Accidental Greatness

How some of the world’s most famous discoveries started with mistakes

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Elena Suglia

In 1879, chemist Constantin Fahlberg came home from a long day of experimenting with coal tar. Upon sitting down to eat, …

Minor

Literary, Nov 14 2014

by Mary Frances Gallagher

'prä-blm purse-laden arm grabs rough pulls back sharply fear rush of regret and a fast retreat questions of bruises he spits …

Independence

Chapel Haven’s program for adults with disabilities

Arts, Nov 14 2014

by Sara Winnick

To pick up my brother, I drive 10 minutes on the highway from my parent’s house, take a right at the …

A House Divided

Arts, Nov 14 2014

by Katherine Long

It's a leisurely 20-minute walk—25 if there's traffic at the Ledra Street checkpoint—between the two Museums of National Struggle in Nicosia, …

Scatterbrained Sex-Ed

Examining Rhode Island’s patchwork sexual education policies

Metro, Oct 31 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

In December 2007, the Rhode Island branch of the Heritage Foundation, an abstinence-only-until-marriage education provider, shut its doors. For over two …

Pink Sky

Literary, Oct 31 2014

by Sara Winnick

She is dressed as toilet paper. He wears Groucho Marx glasses. They meet at a Halloween party. At the wedding his …

The Second Coming

On King James's return and Cleveland's salvation

Metabolics, Oct 31 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

We look up to the heavens: birds chirp, sunlight wrestles through the cloudy sky. As a soft piano ballad fades in, …

Ephemera, Oct 31 2014

by Andres Chang

Watch Me Eat

Examining the globalization of gluttony

Metabolics, Oct 31 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

Every evening at 8 PM, The Diva sits before her laptop in her South Korean apartment, turns on a camera, and …

A Lack of Care

Why medical students should focus on Ferguson

News, Oct 31 2014

by Jennifer Tsai

You can’t ask your co-worker for narcotics the same way you can ask for extra Advil stashed in their purse or …

The Kingdom of God Is Within You: A Closet Drama in Two Acts

Literary, Oct 31 2014

by Matthew Marsico

Thomas Engler replied, “Okay. The church was very Southern, very charismatic, sort of scorched-Earth. Weekly services in the high school auditorium. …

Hellebore Leaves Solarium

Literary, Oct 24 2014

by Lucia Iglesias

In Hellebore’s Solarium the leaves have begun to scab. They flake verdigris, all celadon and coppery. These exfoliations flurry round a …

What the Mind Scares Up

Fiction and reality in John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van

Arts, Oct 24 2014

by Raphaela Posner

I am sitting in the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, admiring the proscenium decorated with Grecian women made of sheet …

Week in Irrationality

News, Oct 24 2014

by India Ennenga, Sebastian Clark & Elias Bresnick

SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM It’s 3 AM, you’ve been up all night working, and you’re hovering somewhere between vindictive frustration and …

The Celluloid Cage

Animal liberation at the movies

Arts, Oct 24 2014

by Will Fesperman

There’s a moment in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes that made me shiver. A human repeats the famous …

Better, Faster, Stronger

Is there a limit to human performance?

Metabolics, Oct 24 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

On September 28, 2014, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours and three …

Meditations on Fusion

Science & Technology, Oct 24 2014

by Katherine Long

"Music is like a drug; whoever acquires the habit can no longer devote himself to important activities. We must eliminate music …

On Top of the Wave

Brad Troemel's athletic aesthetics

Arts, Oct 17 2014

by Erin Schwartz

Before coming onstage, artist Brad Troemel hits play on a YouTube music video. It’s a song called “Bewitched” by scenester electro-pop …

The Supreme Court's Non-Decision Decision

News, Oct 17 2014

by Rebecca Mears

On Monday, October 6, the first day of its new term, the United States Supreme Court declined to review seven decisions …

E-Readers

Ben Lerner, Tao Lin, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the net-inflected novel

Arts, Oct 17 2014

by Jonah Max

In 1997, computer scientist Michael Lesk published a paper on the size of the Internet, estimating it to be roughly two …

What We Mean When We Call People "Smart"

A (personal) history of intelligence

Features, Oct 17 2014

by Sara Winnick

1509, Europe Etymologists trace the first known use of intelligens, past participle of intelligere, back to sixteenth century France. The noun …

No-Sleep Monologue Part 1

Literary, Oct 17 2014

by Athena Washburn

1:00 am January 17: Man: Well Hello Melinda and isn't it a pretty day Melinda: It sure is Man, it sure …

The Real Dirt on the Baby Carrot

Metabolics, Oct 17 2014

by Lisa Borst

There is a point in the early evening at my parents’ house, an hour or two before dinner, that I’m tempted …

A Streetcar Named Providence

Metro, Oct 17 2014

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

This September, after two rejected applications for federal funding, the City of Providence was approved for a $13 million federal Transportation …

Proof

Literary, Oct 03 2014

by Dash Elhauge

Claim: Demetri’s father loves him. Proof: Suppose there exists a mother, call her Jill. Jill has a child. This child is …

Through the Doors

A day inside Planned Parenthood

Metro, Oct 03 2014

by Hannah Smith

The front door to the Providence Planned Parenthood, where I’m a volunteer, is not locked. Outside, there’s a security agent and …

Towards a Greener Future

The environmental impact of cannabis cultivation

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2014

by Jamie Packs

A pair of sultry eyes sunken into a frighteningly unblemished face appeared on the screen. Beneath a wisp of smoke ascending …

Learning the Language

Arts, Oct 03 2014

by Matthew Marsico

That has been all. Should I throw in my hand? I am giving myself one last chance to penetrate the Within …

Corporate Parents

The Providence Journal and the death of independent media

Metro, Oct 03 2014

by Mika Kligler

It’s spitting in downtown Providence—there’s a damp glisten to the pavement as I pull up Fountain Street on my bike. I …

Conversations Not Had

Considering the media coverage of Ray Rice

Metabolics, Oct 03 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

On February 15, Ray Rice was arrested for domestic violence involving his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer. On May 21, prosecutors dropped …

Fighting Statelessness with Statelessness

How western governments attempt to deal with the rise of ISIS

News, Oct 03 2014

by Carly West

The Islamic State, a terrorist organization and self-proclaimed caliphate, has emerged on the global stage as a force to be reckoned …

Week in Returns

News, Oct 03 2014

by Sebastian Clark & Edward Friedman

WHAT THE FUCK IS A BARRISTER? A British lawyer, basically. One of them, Amal Ramzi Alamuddin—also an activist and author—recently married …

Shellshocked

Making sense of the Internet’s most recent infection

News, Oct 03 2014

by Elias Bresnick

In April of this year, the Internet spiraled into a panic after the discovery of a security bug called Heartbleed. Computer …

Ending the Polimigra

Metro, Oct 03 2014

by Jane Argodale

On July 18, Rhode Island resident Antonio Mejia was released after seven months in prison for driving without a license,a crime …

The Girl with the Serpentine Arm

News, Oct 03 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

Jo-Jo Cranfield stares boldly at the camera as a twelve-foot long albino python wraps itself around her prostrate, bikini-clad body. Her …

Major League Literature

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Kyle Giddon, Tristan Rodman, Zeve Sanderson & Will Underwood

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2011) Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is about baseball in the way Good …

A Part of Me

Pop-punk’s lo-fi resurgence

Arts, Sep 26 2014

by Dash Elhauge

Dylan Baldi shrugs and strums a couple quick chords on his Gibson. His mustache rolls back and forth over a smile …

Week in Humanity

News, Sep 26 2014

by Zeve Sanderson & Eli Pitegoff

TITANS OF INDUSTRY You know the image: Leonardo DiCaprio standing at the bow of the ill-fated Titanic, arms spread wide-open, yelling …

Miniature Food Bloom

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Sam Bresnick

The backlash has been brewing for years. Disappearing are the 16 oz. porterhouses bathed in gravy served with a mound of …

Side with the Seed

A conversation with Spencer Tweedy

Interviews, Sep 26 2014

by Lisa Borst

“Is this a strictly bandmate relationship, or do you ever have to say, ‘don’t make me pull this tour bus over?’” …

Subtweet Me Like You Used To, Buddy

A ranking of the Buddy Cianci twitters

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Erin Schwartz

It’s been said that Twitter is the agora of the digital age. If that’s true, Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci’s Twitter …

When Pigs Fly

The Unlikely Victory of Smithfield Workers

News, Sep 26 2014

by Will Fesperman

It took three campaigns and over 14 years for workers at the largest hog slaughterhouse in the world to form a …

March in September

Considering New York’s record setting climate rally

Features, Sep 26 2014

by Malcolm Drenttel & Lance Gloss

By the light of dawn on Sunday, policemen could be seen erecting temporary fences along the streets of Manhattan. Visitors from …

Like a Whisper

Rhode Island's quiet depopulation

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Sophie Kasakove & Rick Salamé

In late July I saw James Diossa, the 20-something mayor of Central Falls, shaking hands with supporters of state representative candidate …

Pushing Back Silence

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

“Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. And when the entire world …

A History of Violence

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Connor McGuigan

The Australian shark cull and the plight of apex predators “As long as Homo sapiens has been sapient... alpha predators have …

Ghosts in the Machine

The sounds of the digital archive

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

How can a body connect with the Internet? Think of how each sense wouldconceive of the Internet. It’s harder than you …

A Conversation with William Deresiewicz

Arts, Sep 19 2014

by Greg Nissan

Bill Deresiewicz can see your criticism from across the auditorium. What else would you expect from someone who leveled a pubic …

Pre-Reflection on the Scottish Independence

News, Sep 19 2014

by Sebastian Clark

I write this article on Tuesday, two days before 4.28 million Scottish people vote on whether they want their nation to …

Week in Songbirds

News, Sep 19 2014

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 …

Homeward Bound

Metro, Sep 19 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Over the past three years, lifelong Providence resident Roline Burgison stood by and watched as her friends, family, and neighbors left …

Hiking

Literary, Sep 12 2014

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 …

You End Up Becoming Yourself

Boyhood and universalizing nostalgia

Arts, Sep 12 2014

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, …

Making Space

an Interview with Yellow Peril Gallery Owners Robert Stack and Vanphouthon Souvannasane

Interviews, Sep 12 2014

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 …

Pigskin Pigs

Race, Money, and the NCAA

Metabolics, Sep 12 2014

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 …

Ten More Years

Gang Sentence Enhancement Legislation in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 12 2014

by Mika Kligler

Picture Atwells Avenue. A few minutes shy of 5 AM. The surveillance camera shows a young man sporting a baseball cap …

Primary Analysis

Metro, Sep 12 2014

by Rick Salamé

Editor's Note: The arrows for Governor Statewide and Governor Within Providence are accidentally switched. The Indy regrets the error. …

Pressing the Limits of Free Press

News, Sep 12 2014

by Elias Bresnick

In June of 1972, two little-known journalists working for The Washington Post were assigned to report on a burglary at Watergate, …

Week in Isolation

News, Sep 12 2014

by Sebastian Clark

For some, the summer was long and lonely. While most of you rollicked in sunlit fields to the sweet sound of …

Method

Features, May 02 2014

by Ellora Vilkin

Acid belly, bone throat Ladies and gentlemen may I have your attention please. Welcome to our skin chill theater, to our …

Video Games

technology and the future of basketball

Metabolics, May 02 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Up, up, and away Nestled high up in the rafters of every NBA stadium, six cameras are slowly transforming basketball. In …

Cookie's Junk Shop

Metro, May 02 2014

by Vera Carothers

On the side of Route 3 in Exeter, RI is a low building painted tongue pink with white trim. A sign …

Mutiny in Providence

Providence’s revolutionary socialists strike a separate path

News, May 02 2014

by Abigail Savitch-Lew

It’s hard to foment revolution when you’re getting overthrown by your own comrades. Over the past few months, Providence’s revolutionary socialists …

Speech: H.D. Davidman

Science & Technology, May 02 2014

by Houston Davidson

H.D. Davidman is running for public office with the hope of defeating D.H. Benjamin of the incumbent party, FTRPRTY (not an …

The Weird Translator That Everyone Is

a conversation with poet & translator Paul Legault

Arts, May 02 2014

by Greg Nissan

Paul Legault is an interstitial poet. He marries a classic lyric sensibility with class-clownery. Sometimes he speaks with the dead, cracking …

This Last Week

News, May 02 2014

by David Adler & Sam Rosen

CLIPPED It’s the 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls this week, and people are making a big deal about it. There are …

Re: Zoning

Metro, May 02 2014

by Kat Thornton

I sat in the cafeteria at 444 Westminster Street—the meeting space for the Providence Department of Planning and Development—and listened intently. …

In The Name of Science

monkey testing at Brown

Features, Apr 25 2014

by Will Fesperman

Around 38 monkeys live in research laboratories at Brown University. It is difficult to know for certain how many—the researchers won’t …

On The Market

the other side of free agency

Metabolics, Apr 25 2014

by Jake Coonin

In September 1992, eight football players filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League. They publicly called into question the …

Young and Younger

the creative practices of tech’s next generation

Science & Technology, Apr 25 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

In his newest film, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone, Mike Mills interviews the eight to twelve-year-old …

Walking in the Ocean

Literary, Apr 25 2014

by Abigail Savitch-Lew

Their last morning in the old man’s house, Alice woke and found George out of bed. She rose to her elbows …

Your Worst Nightmare

the Red Bastard and bouffon clowning

Arts, Apr 25 2014

by Vera Carothers

At first, we see only his wagging tongue, set in a chalk white face with red-rimmed eyes. Playing striptease with wicked …

Filthy, Rich Scum

Occult, Apr 25 2014

by Julieta Cárdenas

[start hero] [end hero] …

Spinning Off, Tuning In

political satire in the Middle East

News, Apr 25 2014

by Katherine Long

Comedian Bassem Youssef has often been called “Egypt’s Jon Stewart.” Youssef’s El Bernameg (literally, “The Show”), broadcast online and on Egyptian …

Week in Horticulture

News, Apr 25 2014

by Alex Sammon, Maya Sorabjee & Emma Wohl

Have you had your head in the ground all week? Or, um, up in the clouds? Indy News is here to …

Web Exclusive: Interview with Fred Turner

Science & Technology, Apr 25 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Editor’s Note: This unexcerpted interview accompanies “Young and Younger: the creative practices of tech’s next generation” from Issue 9. Fred Turner, …

Big Business, Big Problems

Idaho’s last legislative session

News, Apr 11 2014

by Kat Thornton

In the late 1970s, Richard G. Butler, founder of Aryan Nations, established the neo-Nazi world headquarters on 20 acres of land …

Child's Play

Metabolics, Apr 11 2014

by Five Big Babies

NO RULEZ Calvinball, taken from the comic Calvin and Hobbes, is the essential game of my childhood. It took sports, and …

Cut Losses

designing memory in Norway

Arts, Apr 11 2014

by Gabrielle Hick

Memorials are mnemonic devices: built in order not to forget things lost, people loved. Memorials, however, frequently have a political function. …

We R

Literary, Apr 11 2014

by Maru Pabón

Start Up Your Week

News, Apr 11 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Connor McGuigan & Alex Sammon

Late April means one thing: startup season. As DisruptNY, the East Coast’s most prestigious startup showcase, approaches, the excitement is palpable. …

Grit, Grime & Graft

An interview with crime writer Bruce DeSilva

Metro, Apr 11 2014

by Megan Hauptman

Bruce deSilva now lives in New Jersey, but he’s definitely Rhode Island’s crime writer-laureate. His three novels—Rogue Island, Cliff Walk, and …

Ditching the Frame

user interface and the blurring of digital boundaries

Science & Technology, Apr 11 2014

by Lisa Borst

Art has always favored the rectangle. Since humans began moving our paintings off of cave walls and onto formal and constructed …

Running the Numbers

predicting suicide bombings

News, Apr 04 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Zeeshan-ul Hassan Usmani communicates best in numbers. The 35-year-old Pakistani is the founder and CEO of GoFig Solutions, an IT firm …

A Labor Movement for All

union battles of disenfranchised workers in RI

Metro, Apr 04 2014

by Abigail Savitch-Lew

Adrienne Jones, a bartender at the Providence Hilton, says she was regularly required to work 15-hour days without breaks. She tried …

Playable Art

Chinese indie video games at the Ace Hotel

Arts, Apr 04 2014

by Ashwini Natarajan

Computerized sounds echo across the room and Chinese characters flash across screens. Faces hang over them, brows furrowed in confusion. This …

The Week in Suspension

News, Apr 04 2014

by Kyle Giddon & Alex Sammon

PULLING THE TRIGGER There was a time, not long ago, when Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the governor of California. A state …

Bad Girls Good Women

Providence Roller Derby

Metro, Apr 04 2014

by Mika Kligler

It’s a Monday night, and I’m at the Ocean Club, an indoor roller rink in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The sign outside …

Kya Item

body politics in Bollywood

Arts, Apr 04 2014

by Maya Sorabjee

The set is doused in red light. Men are spread out across the floor, lounging on cushions, downing drinks, waiting for …

Root of Mallows

Literary, Apr 04 2014

by Philippa De La O

There is nothing I fear more than the meandering pace of light, marking its celestial time across the lawns of our …

Like a Man in the Desert

a woman drinking Jodorowski’s Dune

Occult, Apr 04 2014

by Addie Mitchell

I will present you with some facts about the documentary film Jodorowsky’s Dune: Jodorowsky’s Dune, a 2013 documentary film directed by …

Student Union

labor organization in the NCAA

Metabolics, Apr 04 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Student-athlete. The ordering stresses the primacy of scholastics over sports, and the hyphen suggests they are two parts of an inseparable …

Diorama

Literary, Mar 14 2014

by Maru Pabón

Emilio (or James or Tony) sits on the copper sand staring wistfully (or longingly) out across the sea (and/or ocean.) He …

To Strand

Arts, Mar 14 2014

by Sarah Cheung

You Swan, Go On

Sun Kil Moon and the artist as death-prophet

Arts, Mar 14 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Bob Dylan’s “Highlands” plays over the stereo. About ten minutes into the song, I become distracted and check my computer quickly. …

Buy Me Some Peanuts

the new frontier of cracker jacks

Metabolics, Mar 14 2014

by Nicholas Catoni, Kyle Giddon, Lili Rosenkranz & Zeve Sanderson

Sitting and cheering for three hours is hard work. But stadium food isn’t just about sustenance—it’s about the identity of the …

Making Contact

Providence Dojo, American Dream

Metro, Mar 14 2014

by Katherine Solá

The United Martial Arts Academy on Branch Avenue is decorated with Muhammad Ali posters. Signs proclaim that “a black belt is …

We Are What We Waste

legislating food disposal in Rhode Island

Metabolics, Mar 14 2014

by Lisa Borst

Rhode Island’s only landfill is located at the end of a rural road in Johnston, which, when I visited in early …

How New Became New Again

technology and origin myth

Science & Technology, Mar 14 2014

by Tristan Rodman

At the beginning of the world, Camel did not want to work. Every time Horse or Dog or Ox would ask …

Bosnia-Herzegovnia and Bulgaria: A New Direction

News, Mar 14 2014

by Sebastian Clark

Utopian ideals demanding an overhaul of society are more ably articulated than realistic calls for reform. If the large-scale protests that …

Ukraine: War Misunderstood

News, Mar 14 2014

by Carly West

The Cold War was arguably born in Crimea, at the Yalta conference, where in 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt conceded to the …

Venezuela: Revolution from Above

News, Mar 14 2014

by Emma Wohl

On March 6, the anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s death, a few hundred of the former Venezuelan president’s most loyal followers flocked …

We Were So Grand In The Fish Gut Versailles

Occult, Mar 14 2014

by Jennifer Avery

What is it like to live inside an egg? First there are the countless problems of the brittle porcelain calcium floor, …

Counting Votes

Prison-based Gerrymandering in Cranston, RI

Metro, Mar 07 2014

by Megan Hauptman

Cranston’s Ward 6 has either 10,209 or 13,300 constituents, depending on how you’re counting heads. About 10,000 of its residents live …

The Week in Secrecy

News, Mar 07 2014

by Sebastian Clark & Emma Wohl

SMOOTH OPERATOR Some time ago, on a lonely Tuesday night, I walked into my local pub. It’s a place of solace, …

Holding Notes

Thinking through St. Vincent and Holly Herndon

Science & Technology, Mar 07 2014

by Tristan Rodman

“Entombed in a shrine / Of zeroes and ones / You know” –St. Vincent, “Huey Newton” Placing two artists on a …

Etched in Stone

Sports, Statistics, and Making Mount Rushmore

Metabolics, Mar 07 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

It looked like a casual conversation between friends as Steven Smith interviewed LeBron James in James’s Miami home. “Who’s your Mount …

Talk of the Town

Exhibition, redesigned

Arts, Mar 07 2014

by Jamie Packs

If you let your eyes linger for a moment, you’ll notice that there is something a little off about the images …

Web Exclusive: Interview with Holly Herndon

Interviews, Mar 07 2014

by Tristan Rodman

Editor’s note: This unexcerpted interview accompanies “Holding Notes: thinking through St. Vincent and Holly Herndon” from Issue 5. The biographical information …

Foreign Wallpaper

A conversation with translator Susan Bernofsky

Interviews, Feb 28 2014

by Greg Nissan

Translators do many things. Sometimes they search their own language for a choice phrase in an attempt to capture the beauty …

All Too Common

Drug overdose in RI

Metro, Feb 28 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

When Jim Gillen arrived for work at the Providence Center on February 4, he found a crowd of his clients dressed …

A Week of Confusion

News, Feb 28 2014

by Vera Carothers, Sebastian Clark & Alex Sammon

Asking “what’s happening?” is often a mindless exercise in small talk. It doesn’t demand an answer. But this time, when you …

Ostentation Funk

Rolezhinos and the politics of consumption in suburban brazil

News, Feb 28 2014

by Emma Wohl

Evandro Farias de Almeida is an unlikely hero. The 20-year-old, who lives in the working-class outskirts of São Paulo, boasts more …

Les Femmes Du Film

Women on screen at the Providence French Film Festival

Arts, Feb 28 2014

by Stephanie Hayes & John White

The Providence French Film Festival runs from February 20 to March 2 at Cable Car Cinema. Showtimes are available at cablecarcinema.com. …

Night Light

Illuminating the Grace Church Cemetary

Metro, Feb 28 2014

by Hadley Sorsby-Jones

Michelle Garcia, age nine, looks delighted to be wandering around the Grace Church Cemetery. Michelle poses for a picture with her …

Thin Ice

Amateurs and professionals in Olympic Ice Hockey

Metabolics, Feb 28 2014

by Nicholas Catoni

On February 23, the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi came to a close with the Men’s Ice Hockey gold medal …

Cyril's Palace

Literary, Feb 28 2014

by Edward Friedman

The summer I lived with Cyril, we had the most beautiful apartment. The building was near the river, on Palace Street, …

A Bee in My Bonnet

Pastor Dan Ivins, “the sign guy” of First Baptist Church

Metro, Feb 14 2014

by Megan Hauptman

When I walked into Pastor Dan Ivins’s office at the First Baptist Church, the first thing I noticed was the orange. …

The Rim of Meaning

Features, Feb 14 2014

by A.S.L.

Aunt Diane and I hunch in the hospital waiting room. She unpacks her purse and places a pillbox, a paintbrush, and …

Fool's Gold

corruption and human rights at Sochi

News, Feb 14 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Sochi is where Russians go in the winter to escape the winter. The resort town, whose streets are lined with palm …

Six Feet Underwater

Biological immortality in three easy steps

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2014

by Connor McGuigan

16th Century explorer Juan Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth in the place where, today, people go to …

Week in Passion

News, Feb 14 2014

by David Adler & Alex Sammon

CYBERSEXY Some grievances of digifuckers: laptop heat on bare stomach skin, distorted speaker vocals, implied volume constraints, and frozen pixels. Always …

All In a Day

a partial collage of date-based protest

News, Feb 14 2014

by Emma Wohl

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and Internet activist whose crusade for “Guerilla Open …

Presence

Literary, Feb 14 2014

by Matthew Marsico

It felt like I was giving out. I was smoking again: first just a cigarette after dinner, then, one after lunch …

D.I.Y. NECCO

Crafting with corn syrup

Metabolics, Feb 14 2014

by Sara Winnick

February 14 is the only day of the year well-suited for red construction paper, public displays of affection, temporary cupid tattoos, …

The Next Frame

Occult, Feb 14 2014

by Arthur Schechter

The Italian renaissance got its name for a reason. Immense technological leaps and the consolidation of wealth and power resurrected archaic …

A New Stage

Recovering Columbus Theatre

Arts, Feb 14 2014

by Lisa Borst

Before Misak Berberian bought the Columbus Theatre in 1962, a previous owner, facing financial trouble, allegedly tried to set the building …

Sharing for Money

An interview with technology writer Tom Slee

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2014

by Houston Davidson

Technology lingo rings hopeful. Recently, a Silicon Valley-endorsed candidate for national office promised to bring about “Government 2.0” and claimed to …

What Is Providence?

A List

Metro, Feb 07 2014

by Megan Hauptman

Lists are everywhere. Bullet point number two of a New Yorker list about lists calls lists the “signature form of our …

How to Win a Super Bowl

Pete Carroll’s philosophy of coaching

Metabolics, Feb 07 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

During the summer of 2000, Pete Carroll, now the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, had his coaching …

Last Thoughts on Pete Seeger

Arts, Feb 07 2014

by Lisa Borst

The dynastic folk family has maintained a curious presence throughout the genre’s rich history. There’s Woody and Arlo, Bob and Jakob, …

City and State

A Conversation with Ted Nesi

Interviews, Feb 07 2014

by Rick Salamé

The following is an extended version of an interview that appeared in print on February 7, 2014. It has been edited …

Week in Stockpiles

News, Feb 07 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Sam Rosen & Emma Wohl

Stuff your cheeks and fill up your pockets. More is always better, right? A BONE TO PICK “I kind of regret …

Digital Boom

the coming Internet land grab

News, Feb 07 2014

by Alex Sammon

America has forged many frontiers. British colonists initially considered their fledgling communities in New England to be nestled in frontier land. …

Unresolved

an astrological opposition

Occult, Feb 07 2014

by Addie Mitchell

When replicated in dozens of directions and multiple dimensions in the natal chart, highly charged poles approximate a circulatory system. The …

May The Loudest Man Win

Arts, Feb 07 2014

by Greg Nissan

It’s hard to say precisely what the event of the 56th Grammys was—the ceremony or its online afterlife. Like many, I …

Two Hours in Providence Politics

chatting nonviolence with electoral candidates

Metro, Jan 31 2014

by Kat Thornton

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014, the candidates for Rhode Island governor and Providence mayor gathered in a softly sunlit …

Flying Light

tuning out in the sky

Science & Technology, Jan 31 2014

by Houston Davidson

As the jet lurches and pitches miles above Rhode Island, a professor of furniture design presses bored thumbs into his iPad. …

Week in Delivery

News, Jan 31 2014

by Alex Sammon & Emma Wohl

This holiday season was tough. Surely, no one at UPS wished for the harsh snowstorms that prevented the timely arrival of …

The Best Laid Plans...

Metro, Jan 31 2014

by Megan Hauptman, Rick Salamé & Abigail Savitch-Lew

Already this year in Rhode Island: the unemployment rate rose to the highest in the nation, the temperature oscillated between extremes, …

The Art of Deduction

Arts, Jan 31 2014

by Maya Sorabjee

In the last week of 2013, a federal judge ruled on Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, relocating Sherlock Holmes and his …

The Recruit

Metabolics, Jan 31 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Baton Rouge, LA. May, 2013. Dylan Moses is 6’1”, weighs nearly 215 pounds, runs a 4.46 second 40-yard dash, and has …

We Are All In This Together

Dissecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership

News, Jan 31 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Alex Sammon & Emma Wohl

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim nations (Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, the US, …

X # 10

X, Dec 06 2013

by Lizzie Davis

Booty Over Brains

Lily Allen's New Video Gets it Twisted

Arts, Dec 06 2013

by Grier Stockman

Last month, Lily Allen emerged from a preemptive retirement to box with the entertainment industry in the best way she knew …

I Am A Computer

The Artificially Intelligent SmarterChild

News, Dec 06 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

As a child, the late English computer scientist Alan Turing read a book by Edwin Brewster titled Natural Wonders Every Child …

Courtside Couture

A Conversation with James Goldstein

Interviews, Dec 06 2013

by Tristan Rodman

James Goldstein condenses every popular conception about Los Angeles into one human body: He lives in a glass house atop the …

The Cold Pool

Literary, Dec 06 2013

by Edward Friedman

We met at the Westin in Palo Alto on the weekend of our elder siblings’ graduation from Stanford. I don’t swim …

For Play

Features, Dec 06 2013

by Alex Sammon

A scene from 1973’s The Mack: Pretty Tony and Goldie are embroiled in a high-stakes game of dice. China Doll emerges. …

The Week to Survive

News, Dec 06 2013

by Grace Dunham, Robert Sandler & Emma Wohl

WHAT IS CYBER MONDAY? TELL ME MomBigShopper12 12.1.13: Who else likes to order DVDs, electronic accessories, and brand-name sneakers on Cyber …

Week Down Under

News, Nov 26 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Tristan Rodman

You can read this as fast as you want, but you're still not going to catch up. It's already tomorrow in …

The Orgasmic Farm

in conversation with Bioerotics pioneer Terry Dieffenbach

Literary, Nov 26 2013

by Greg Nissan

Last week I met Terry Dieffenbach at Dae Lim’s, a small organic Korean pancakery in Southern New England. In his acryllic-stained …

The Actualities

local film in the 20th century

Arts, Nov 26 2013

by Ann Kremen

The projector flicks on and the image on the screen comes into focus. The screen is filled with men, wearing bowler …

In the Know & in the Pews

Joy, Irony & the Rise of Atheist Church

Arts, Nov 26 2013

by Houston Davidson

Society for Ethical Culture 64th Street, Central Park West. 250 people are standing up in pews. Clapping. The demographic is that …

A Very Kanye Thanksgiving

Literary, Nov 25 2013

by Josh Schenkkan & Sam Rosen

Kourtney Kardashian was alternating between chugging from an imaginary bottle and flapping her wings frantically as her teammates shouted wrong answers. …

Punk Politics

The Music, The Message

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

“I DON'T WRITE SONGS ABOUT BEACHES OR LOVE,” says local musician and activist Joey DeFrancesco, “Those things just aren’t a part …

Dactyloscopies

Literary, Nov 19 2013

by Maru Pabón

Then 
you must move 
the magnifying glass up and down 
to catch light by
 the tail of 
its last consonant, you …

Action is Now

A History of Brown Student Activism

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Megan Hauptman, Grace Healy, Cherise Morris & Julian Park

Students cycle through Brown in roughly four years. During their time here, student activists are cycled through study committees, working groups, …

De La Doble Moneda

The History and Future of Two Currencies in Cuba

Arts, Nov 19 2013

by Kat Thornton

Daily receipt WAKE UP. PUT GROUND COFFEE beans into the cafetera (bag purchased for 5 CUP). Rip a piece of white …

Offensive Lines

Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito & Black Masculinity in American Sports

Metabolics, Nov 19 2013

by Tristan Rodman

ON OCTOBER 28, JONATHAN MARTIN left the Miami Dolphins. Martin, 24 years old and in his second NFL season, briefly checked …

On the Student Radical

An interview with Paul Buhle

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Kat Thornton

PAUL BUHLE'S OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH shows him mid-rant, arms out to either side, mouth open as if mid-sentence. His life work screams …

The Week To Be Determined

News, Nov 19 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Alex Sammon

FRUIT FUTURES IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT THE BlackBerry and the iPad stand at opposite ends of the Tech-Cool sliding scale. The …

Artlantic

public art meets public space in Atlantic City

Arts, Nov 04 2013

by Erin Schwartz

IT'S THE SUMMER OF 2013, and I’m watching an ad for Jersey Shore tourism in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. That …

The Mindreaders

Providence from the Mind's Eye

Metro, Nov 04 2013

by Sam Lin Sommer

MOTHER MYSTIC’S APOTHECARY SHOP SOMEWHERE, NESTLED AMONG PUBS and pizzerias, the wise Susan Asselin was waiting for me. I had scheduled …

Nothing Was the Same

on Drake and the white boy imaginary

Features, Nov 04 2013

by Sam Rosen

IN THE SUMMER OF 2003 I WAS unanimously considered the best rapper at Camp Walt Whitman in Piermont, New Hampshire. Looking …

SoundWaves

Arts, Nov 04 2013

by Ephemera

Week in Fantasy

News, Nov 04 2013

by Houston Davidson, Drew Dickerson & Emma Wohl

If you think you’re dreaming this, you can wake up now. And there’s no need to go back to sleep—because this …

Postcede

X, Nov 03 2013

by Joanna Zhang

See You On The Other Side

Arcade Fire and The Virtual Window

Arts, Nov 03 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“Trapped in a prison / In a prism of light”– Reflektor, “Reflektor” “The window opens onto a three-dimensional world beyond: it …

Thumbsuckers

Literary, Nov 02 2013

by Charlotte Seaberry

The Mormons had overrun our neighborhood. We noticed it on Thursday. Michael was working at his dad’s gas station. He puts …

Still Spying

News, Nov 02 2013

by Joe de Jonge, Alex Sammon & Meghan Sullivan

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS A RELATIVELY FREE MAN. Four months into his year-long Russian asylum, he has managed to fly under the …

High Water Mark

a history of Olneyville

Metro, Oct 30 2013

by Vera Carothers

flooding in the '80s, Olneyville THE RIVER The river, 18 miles long, scrawls a child’s shaky letter “U” through the heart …

Xiomara's Way

News, Oct 29 2013

by Emma Wohl

ON JUNE 28, 2007 SOLDIERS stormed into the bedroom of the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and forced Manuel Zelaya to …

Space Law

an interview with Jason Juren

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2013

by Jehane Samaha

Jason Juren, a recent graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, wants to be a space lawyer. Specifically, a lawyer …

Week In Pests

News, Oct 26 2013

by by Joe de Jonge & Alex Sammon

Careful—they’re in the floorboards and behind the walls and there are billions of them. Just turn on the shower: the head …

Back to the Wall

Banksy's October in New York

Arts, Oct 25 2013

by Maya Sorabjee

Graffiti has served as the humble origins for many well-known artists. American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, famed for a prolific neo-expressionist career, …

Notes from Down Below

The Occult Humanities Conference 2013

Arts, Oct 25 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

The next stop is Wall Street. 8:45AM, Saturday, October 19. MTA construction work means the 4 is running local, which works …

Brute Choir

an interview with Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Arts, Oct 25 2013

by Lisa Borst

Friday, October 11. 7:56 PM. The Columbus Theater. Standing outside the Columbus before seeing Bonnie “Prince” Billy, I witness two bearded, …

Accidentally On Purpose

ew, cooties

Arts, Oct 13 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

FEAR COMES FROM THE UNKNOWN, the hidden or the invisible. It’s all in your head, but cooties feel so real. For …

Inventory

October 11, 2013

Arts, Oct 10 2013

by Becca Millstein, Grier Stockman & John White

Inventory. Taking stock. It’s a check-list, cross it off. Go to Venice, take a drive, come, and back again. We bring …

On the Outside

Homeless Advocacy in Providence

Metro, Oct 10 2013

by Erin Schwartz

I AM IN KENNEDY PLAZA on an evening in early October when I meet John Freitas. Gray-bearded, wearing a vacation t-shirt …

Risky Business

An interview with Jodi Kantor

Arts, Oct 10 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

The New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor is a self-proclaimed “journalism junkie,” and it shows. Even over the phone, Kantor’s enthusiasm …

Perils of Lampedusa

North African Immigration to Europe

News, Oct 10 2013

by Alex Sammon

BROWN WOODEN CASKETS FILL the loading bay. There are 194 in total. They are split into three parallel lines, with a …

Apis Providentia

Beekeeping Geography in Greater Providence

Metro, Oct 10 2013

by Rick Salamé

DR. JANE DENNISON'S HONEYBEES WAKE up around 10:30 AM in late September. They won’t fly if it’s too cold and, lately, …

On Grand Theft Auto V

Arts, Oct 04 2013

by Josh Schenkkan

I. I’m ten years old, and I’m driving an SUV through the unnamed alleys of an unnamed industrial district. I can …

Affordable Care Act

Metro, Oct 03 2013

by Kat Thornton & Megan Hauptman

OCTOBER 1 HAS COME LIKE THE PROPHESIED YEAR 2000 in old Technicolor cartoons, the age of Obamacare is no longer in …

Cover to Cover

Hipgnosis & the fate of album art

Arts, Oct 03 2013

by Maya Sorabjee

AN INFLATED PIG FLIES OVER a disused power station; two men shake hands, one with a burning arm; a fleet of …

Mating

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2013

by Megan Hauptman, Lili Rosenkranz, Josh Schenkkan, John White & Emma Wohl

A few weeks ago, as we were dragging our fingers through the water and dangling our feet off the dock, a …

Soft Skulls, Cold Hearts

The Evolution of Head Protection in the NHL

Metabolics, Oct 03 2013

by Madeline Coburn

THE PUCK IS DROPPED at the faceoff and won back to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. He fires a low slap …

Vestigia

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2013

by Steph Yin & Sandeep Nayak

WE WERE BORN AND GROW UP in the briny blue, and even when we evolved to invade land, we never left …

Week in Last Stands

Arts, Oct 03 2013

by Alex Sammon, Emma Wohl & Sam Rosen

Taking a stand may be hard on your knees, but it means you can back up what you believe in, at …

Aacha Maa Al Aayle

Finding Middle Eastern Food in Providence

Metro, Sep 27 2013

by Rick Salamé

I BIKE PAST AS220, go around the cathedral, cross the overpass, take a left against the traffic ofa one-way street, pull …

When Systems Are Too Simple

Review of Complexity at the RISD Museum

Arts, Sep 26 2013

by David Borgonjon

MOST SYSTEMS INCLUDING BRAINS, SOCIETIES, and weather, are so massively complex that small inputs can produce complex and unpredictable results. The …

Westgate

Features, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Adler-Bell, Doreen St. Félix, Alex Ronan & Ellora Vilkin

On Saturday September 21, fifteen attackers laid siege on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. At press time, the official casualty …

The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized

The Fight for Education in RI

Metro, Sep 26 2013

by Emma Wohl

ON A SATURDAY MORNING LAST MARCH, 50 people sat down with their No. 2 pencils and began to fill in the …

No Days Off

Medicine, Fitness, and the Modern Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Bresnick

ON AN OVERCAST DAY in Mexico City in October 1968, Jim Hines ran 100 meters in 9.95 seconds. Hines walked away …

Deep Sea

Literary, Sep 26 2013

by Tristan Rodman

WHEN I FIRST HEARD THAT the deep ocean contained most of the earth’s habitable space, I didn’t really believe it because …

Imagining, Together, The End

What We Think About When We Think About Climate Change

Features, Sep 26 2013

by Daniel Sherrell

WASHINGTON DC, 2002 ATMOSPHERIC CO2: 373 ppm Climate change was invented in 2002 by a man named Frank Luntz. Global average …

When I Went to Freak Fest

Arts, Sep 19 2013

by Dan Stump

THE KIDS ARE BACK AT School or down by the river, hiding in the bushes and along the stone walls under …

Sweet, Sweet Sorrow

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2013

by Golnoosh Mahdavi

IN FRANCE, THE GUILLOTINE was unpopular at first. The slick blade didn’t give spectators enough time to see much of anything. …

Supernatural Bread

Literary, Sep 19 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

Hearing that someone else is an alien makes it easier to ask the question “Have you not ever felt the presence …

All The Way

Arts, Sep 19 2013

by Becca Millstein

It’s an august afternoon, sometime in the 1960s. Robert Schenkkan and his older brother are standing in the hot gravel driveway …

All Apologies

News, Sep 19 2013

by Alex Sammon

The video footage is grainy and tough to make out, and seems like it may have been shot on a cell …

Lunacy

Literary, Sep 18 2013

by Lili Rosenkranz

A GARBAGE TRUCK ROLLS BY and I am preoccupied with President Eisenhower’s face, shellacked on posters and trays. Dr. H wears …

While You Were Out

Summer in the Ocean State

Metro, Sep 18 2013

by Megan Hauptman & Rick Salamé

Like migratory birds that move with the seasons, many of our readers left Providence for the summer. We know you were …

WEEK IN REVIEW

News, Sep 18 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Emma Wohl

PEARLS OF WISDOM Oyster. Oyster. Oyster. Oyster. Say it ten more times. Sounds kind of gross now, right? Like most words, …

On the Fat Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 13 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“There are two different shapes, one for fitness, one for throwing the ball.” – Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers Some …

For Quicker Processing And Delivery

Telemarketing and the Decline of Print Media

Arts, Sep 13 2013

by Josh Schenkkan

Big Red, an ex-felon with “sinner” tattooed on his neck, is politely explaining to a woman from Louisiana that the American …

Metro, May 03 2013

by Anna Rotman

[start zoom] [end zoom] …

Relaxxx

Arts, May 03 2013

by Ellora Vilkin & Doreen St. Félix

[start hero] [end hero] …

I'm Having a Hard Time With This

This Shit is so Race-Baiting, but Why am I Laughing?

Arts, May 03 2013

by Raillan Brooks

[start hero] [end hero] Keisha: Oh my God Breadquanda gon die when she hear this...girl you would not I just heard …

X

Ephemera, May 03 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero] [end hero] …

Air Bud

Ephemera, May 03 2013

by Lizzie Davis

[start hero] [end hero] …

Impulse Control

Can Brain Scans Predict Criminal Behavior?

Science & Technology, May 03 2013

by Megan Hauptman

[start hero] [end hero] The first popular scientific explanations of criminal behavior were published by Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso in the …

In the Dark

Art in the East Side Railroad Tunnel

Metro, May 03 2013

by Emma Wohl

[start hero] [end hero] “Do you know why this closed in the first place?” someone asks me on a Friday night …

Lara and the Real Girl

Crofting the Female Body

Arts, May 03 2013

by Emma Janaskie

[start hero] [end hero] A russian henchman pins Lara Croft against the plyboard of a shantytown hut, pawing his hands down …

Week in Grand Finales

News, May 03 2013

by David Adler

[start hero] [end hero] GIANT FINISH His legs are well-muscled, taut, rippling. He is nimble. When you hear his name you …

An American Giant

Startup, Meet Nostalgia

Arts, May 03 2013

by Tristan Rodman

[start hero] [end hero] American Giant began with an epiphany. “People are tired of products made far away from home—they are …

Music in Your Feet

The Appalachian Mountain Dance

Arts, May 03 2013

by Grier Stockman

[start hero] [end hero] When the cattle are loaded up and the auctioneer retires, the livestock hall in Ripley, West Virginia …

Boston

News, Apr 27 2013

by Alex Ronan

[start hero] [end hero] There is a candy shop on Boylston Street. Grace says something happened. Before it is called the …

Pleasure Reading

Open Sesame, Read a Fucking Book

Arts, Apr 27 2013

by Emma Janaskie, Alex Ronan, Erica Schwiegershausen, Doreen St. Félix, Ellora Vilkin & Emma Wohl

Today, we decided we would stop. We took off our shoes, we did not go to work, we forgot about our …

Tiny Hill People

In Memory of Clotilde Martínez Cano

Arts, Apr 27 2013

by Kate Holguin

​ “Todos van a pensar que es una bruja,” my grandmother would frantically tell my mother. At a very young age, …

No Man’s Land

Arts, Apr 27 2013

by Kate Van Brocklin

Click “INeed an Abortion,” and you will be led through a medical consultation and referred to a licensed doctor who will …

Polar Opposites

A Conversation with David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors

Interviews, Apr 27 2013

by Greg Nissan

[start hero]​[end hero] David Longstreth’s songs don’t explain him; they imitate him. The creative force and leader of The Dirty Projectors, …

Week in Little Things

News, Apr 27 2013

by by David Adler & Rick Salamé

Parks &Historical Recreation Here lies Mills End Park. A cup of soil, two feet in diameter, sitting between opposing lanes of …

Knives Down

by Lizzie Davis, Grace Dunham, Alexander Sammon & Benson Tucker

Like any city worthy of the title, Providence has a long and troubled history with knives. Precision instruments among humanity’s earliest …

Getting Good Governance

A Very Brief History of Providence's Library Reform Movement

Metro, Apr 19 2013

by Vera Carothers

[start hero] [end hero] There is a big red sign with Providence Community Library written in white block letters. Inside, the …

In the Hall of Mirrors

Fernando Pessoa Today

Arts, Mar 01 2013

by Vera Carothers

[start hero] [end hero] Fernando Pessoa was the author who tried to write the author out of writing. His works were …

Tainted Love

Literary, Mar 01 2013

by Josh Schenkkan

“We thought it was [odd] that she was in there with [Gucci Mane]. One time [producers] sent security to make sure …

This History Is Not Yet Ancient

the preliminary self-archiving of the Jewish city of Cochin

Features, Feb 26 2009

by Allison Zimmer

Yarmulkes are a sight unseen among the saffron hills and tea plantations of India. But when I visited Cochin, an Indian …

Where the Frontier Ends

News, Apr 26 2013

by David Adler

The real work, the heavy lifting, starts where the frontier ends. The pioneers, the Lewis and Clarks, just drew their index …

Close Enough

arts & culture, Apr 26 2013

by Ellora Vilkin

An acting teacher once told me the most intimate thing you can do on stage is touch someone’s face. You could …

Moral Fiber

Food, Apr 26 2013

by Anna Rotman

Even though Ralph Waldo Emerson once called him “the prophet of bran bread and pumpkins,” Sylvester Grahamwas a serious man. A …

When I Get Back to My Body

Features, Apr 26 2013

by Suzannah Weiss

The first time Ileft my body, I was fifteen. It was revelatory. For no particular reason, I looked in the mirror …

MFA’d to Get Paid

Education and the Art Market

Arts, Apr 26 2013

by Elias Pitegoff

[start hero] [end hero] In October 2012, gerhard richter’s painting “Abstraktes Bild 809-4” sold for $34 million. The sale earned the …

The Big Hunt

News, Apr 26 2013

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Mortality is rough. In the throes of old age, rich men find themselves faced with a crippling paranoia: what if no …

Week in the Underworld

News, Apr 26 2013

by Barry Elkinton

CREEPY CRAWLIES Bugs are crazy. My dad’s an entomologist so I can say this with some authority. Growing up my dad …

x

Ephemera, Apr 19 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero][end hero] …

Forever on the Edge

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Megan Hauptman

“The last time i played a show, the audience was pornographic with cameras,” Ian MacKaye says, scowling out over the crowd …

(Some) Figures of the Animal at Home

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Maggie Milner

Their names were the names of heroines from the stories my mother told me in bed. She read to me every …

Mourning

Arts & Culture, Apr 13 2013

by Robert Sandler

I’ve found bits of everyone in you. There is no more grass in my yard, only clover. Found a way through …

When We Wander Onscreen As Ourselves

arts & culture, Apr 13 2013

by Emma Miller

Chris Gethard is a mainstay at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. His anti-talk show, The Chris Gethard Show, …

Science and the State

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by John Aurelio

President Obama, in his State of the Union speech on Febru- ary 12, called for a new era of scientific discovery. …

The Rite of Spring

Arts & Culture, Apr 13 2013

by Robert Sandler

I went to see the turned-in feet of Le Sacre moving still, under the curtain. Pagan Russia still moving Nijinsky’s flatness. …

Cups and Needles

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Alix Taylor

If you wind your way past a wholesale pottery store to 14 Imperial Place in Providence’s Jewelry District and climb up …

Painting the Corners

Sports, Apr 13 2013

by Tristan Rodman

I went to my first baseball game at age five. My dad’s friend, who had taken it upon himself to make …

Growing Ca$h

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Anna Rotman & Emma Wohl

if you could design your own money, what would you put on it? Michael Giroux found inspiration from nature when designing …

Spring Break

Arts & Culture, Apr 12 2013

by Lizzie Davis, David Adler & Benson Tucker

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Week on the Border

News, Apr 12 2013

by Rick Salame & Alex Sammon

BUTTERFLY KISS(INGER) They have no visas and don’t pay customs. This winter there were some 60 million of them: Monarch butterflies, …

Pepperoni Cowboy

Ephemera, Apr 12 2013

by Nino Mora

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Man Fulfilled

Ephemera, Apr 12 2013

by Charles O'Leary

[start hero] [end hero] …

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Ephemera, Apr 12 2013

by Annie Macdonald

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Ephemera, Mar 22 2013

by Lizzie Davis

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From Water

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2013

by Emma Janaskie & Kate Van Brocklin

“And have you seen the water that you drink? Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is …

Self-Aware Game

Look, You're Inside the Machine

Arts & Culture, Mar 18 2013

by Milan Koerner-Safrata

Eminent game designer Tim Schafer recently asked himself a question: “Are games art?” His response: “Oh man, who cares.” But as …

Sun Falls Down

Russian Asteroids from the Ground Up

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2013

by Becca Millstein

“I looked up at the sky and suddenly the sky lit up with a bright light and something that looked like …

Alberta's Black Gold

Tar Sands Prospects in Canada

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2013

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

There are places in Alberta, Canada, where dredged-up mud spans the horizon as far as the eye can see. Puddles of …

Week in the Future

News, Mar 18 2013

by Barry Elkinton & David Adler

(YOUR) MISSION TO MARS Private finances will be key to the future of space exploration. We’ve known that for a while …

From Water

Arts & Culture , Mar 15 2013

by Kate Van Brocklin & Emma Janaskie

[start zoom][end zoom] …

Pepperoni Cowboy

Ephemera, Mar 15 2013

by Nino Mora

[start hero] [end hero] …

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Ephemera, Mar 15 2013

by Sarah Harrison

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A Story of this Nature

Literary, Mar 08 2013

by Jessica Giguere

Sebastian engaged in coitus at age18 in 1957. Two spawns were engendered from this act of passion. Sebastian was young. He …

Hands on Rawhide

A Conversation with Sarah Bliss

Arts & Culture, Mar 08 2013

by Grier Stockman & Claudia Norton

When you see Sarah Bliss in line at the post office, you probably can’t guess what she’s thinking. Sarah Bliss has …

Up In the Air

Metabolics, Mar 08 2013

by Alex Ronan, Greg Nissan & Sam Rosen

[start large] [end large] “I'm not quite sure I believe the final shot, though” Roger Ebert said of Love and Basketball’s …

Ballad on the Divergence Theorem

A Story of Love and Integrals

Science & Technology, Mar 08 2013

by Jeremy Wagner

The divergence theorem is employed in many branches of science. It states that the integral taken over a closed surface of …

Redux Dictionary

Arts & Culture, Mar 08 2013

by Ellora Vilkin

These words may be out of print, but if vintage is cool then archaic is next-level. Drop one of these babies …

Cairo 52

Arts & Culture, Mar 08 2013

by Marc Briz

In between Cairo's high-rise hotels and dusty highways, riverboats lie anchored along the Nile, pumping Egyptian pop songs and multi-colored lights. …

Week In Bovines

News, Mar 08 2013

by David Adler & Barry Elkinton

There's Something About Dinner HORSEMEAT IS—secretly, quietly—everywhere. Monday, British food regulator finds horsemeat in Taco Bell products in the UK. The …

Poems

Literary, Mar 08 2013

by Jack De Tar

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Here I Am

Ephemera, Mar 08 2013

by David Adler

[start zoom][end zoom] …

Redux Dictionary

Arts & Culture, Mar 08 2013

by Ellora Vilkin

[start hero] [end hero] …

Botulism

Ephemera, Mar 08 2013

by Claudia Norton

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Ephemera, Mar 08 2013

by Robert Merritt & Annie Macdonald

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Week in Plastics

News, Mar 01 2013

by David Adler

Print Out Your Ear Always begin with the infomercial. Does your newborn love eating dirt? Print him a pacifier! Are you …

Dear Edgar

The Life and Letters of Sarah Helen Whitman

Arts & Culture, Mar 01 2013

by Julia Longoria

Draped in the pale, empty elegance of lace, Helen’s look is haunting. It’s appropriate, against the cool, grainy darkness of the …

The Culture of the Cure

Information and Inequality in Cancer Research

Science & Technology, Mar 01 2013

by Alisa Owens

More than two centuries after the coal soot that caused carcinoma among chimney sweeps became the first identified occupational carcinogen, cancer …

On Sacred Ground

Memorializing the Station Fire

Metro, Mar 01 2013

by Emma Wohl

Two days after the ten-year anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire, the ground where the club stood is smooth. A circle …

Heists 2000

News, Mar 01 2013

by David Adler & Barry Elkinton

It’s always been a three-act plot. First, the preparation. There’s the shoot-n-grab, but that’s too obvious; maybe the switch-n-swap, or better, …

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Ephemera, Mar 01 2013

by Annie Macdonald

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Ephemera, Mar 01 2013

by Lizzie Davis

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Toffee

Literary, Feb 17 2013

by Edward Friedman

There were three things: the first was standing in the ocean up to his shoulders and the water was warm and …

Hog Wild

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Doreen St. Félix, Emma Janaskie & Ellora Vilkin

Imbolc, or the Festival of the Lactating Sheep This day, Imbolc,¹ splits the year between winter solstice and spring equinox. On …

Not for the Faint of Heart

A Federal Hill Poultry Tradition

Metro, Feb 17 2013

by Anna Rotman

“To you, it smells poopy, but to me, it smells like money.” Chris Morris is the owner of Antonelli Poultry Inc, …

Week In Review

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & Rick Salame

The Year Is Wet Behind The Ears Ancient Infants George Church is bearded and stocky, but he is no Neanderthal. The …

Optimize Your Valentine's Day

A Communication Guide

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by David Adler & Erica Schwiegershausen

You have champagne, chocolate, candles, and a copy of Casablanca. All the pieces are there, but now it’s go-time and your …

The Worst Kind of Punchline

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Greg Nissan & Joe de Jonge

“power fails and 49ers surge, but Ravens Win” - The New York Times. “Lights Out! Ravens Win the Super Bowl!” - …

Pitchfork Advance

Spanning Streaming’s Single/Album Divide

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“Physical is best. Touch it. Smell it right after opening the shrink-wrap. Take it off the shelf to show to your …

Over Achievement

Charter Academy Opens Its Doors

Metro, Feb 17 2013

by Emma Wohl

“This almost didn’t happen,” Ellie Wyatt, a retired public school teacher and member of the Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Public …

Sissieretta

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Ellora Vilkin

Sissieretta said: “The flowers absorb the sunshine because it is their nature. I give out my melody because God filled my …

The Bloom

Science & Technology, Feb 17 2013

by Annie Macdonald

Red Tide is the common name for algal blooms, which occur when certain algae rapidly accumulate and form dense patches near …

Present Time

A Conversation with CAConrad

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Will Fesperman

With painted fingernails and a large crystal hanging around his neck, he made a strong impression. A native of rural Pennsylvania, …

Week In Airplanes

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & David Adler

Eligible Dirigible Last Friday, worldwide Aeros unveiled the Aeroscraft “Dragon Dream”—the company’s latest stab at a fully functional prototype. A gobsmacked …

Brain Freeze!

Metabolics, Feb 17 2013

by Anna Rotman

1. Like all good recipes, this one starts with a quest: find clean snow. Suggestions: backyards, rooftops, the inner layers of …

The Beekeeper God

Literary, Feb 17 2013

by Greg Nissan

The Beekeeper God has been visiting me in my dreams. Well, no, he visits me during dream hours, wakes me up …

On Yogurt

Literary, Feb 17 2013

by Alex Ronan

I. In the fifties yogurt was hip. Yogurt was so hip it was even spelled yoghurt. Today, yogurt is mainstream, yogurt …

Collect and Disseminate

An Interview with Brian Shimkovitz

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Houston Davidson

I met Brian Shimkovitz, the charming founder of Awesome Tapes from Africa (ATFA), a couple of summers ago. He was an …

“Benje een Buitenlander?”

Zwarte Piet and Blackface in the Netherlands

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Sophia Seawell

From mid-november until December 6, his grinning face was omnipresent. I saw him in the festively decorated windows of shops’ and …

Neurosexism

The Biological Argument for Gender Inequality

Science & Technology, Feb 17 2013

by Ardra Hren

Scientific findings have had a powerful effect on the evolution of social norms and gender rights. In the 1800’s scientists cited …

Talking About Utility

Enumerating Art In The Western World

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Claudia Norton

1. Episteme, from Ancient Greek: knowledge or science. An understanding of principles, know-how. Techne, from Ancient Greek: craftsmanship. Applied know-how, often …

The Problem With Portraits

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Grier Stockman

Last month, the British National Gallery opened an hour early so that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) …

The Land Named Lisse

Features, Feb 17 2013

by Lili Rosenkranz

I was 11, they looked like onions, and so I started to cry. I cried because he had even given me …

Boxed Out

Revisiting Employment After Felony Convictions

Metro, Feb 17 2013

by Megan Hauptman

On many job applications, below availability and above the signature line, stands a question that may appear innocuous at first glance: …

Week In The Woods

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & Rick Salame

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Etc. Trees these days just seem to be everywhere. Casuarina and Nyssa; Robina and Salix—no matter …

x

Ephemera, Feb 15 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero] [end hero] …

The Worst Kind of Punch Line

Metabolics, Feb 08 2013

by Greg Nissan & Joe de Jonge

[start hero] [end hero] …

The Bloom

Science & Technology, Feb 08 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero][end hero] …

Dispatches

Arts & Culture, Feb 08 2013

by Raillan Brooks

[start hero] [end hero] …

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Ephemera, Feb 08 2013

by A

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Dynamic Range

The Politics of Popular Dance

Arts & Culture, Feb 05 2013

by Greg Nissan

This is not about you. You will not Travolta across the dance floor, the neon lights on the lapels of your …

Saving Babies

News, Feb 05 2013

by David Adler

In the year 1198, there were a lot of babies in the River Tiber. Unmarried mothers had few choices beyond depositing …

Say No To Cops

Police Tensions Flare in the West End's Cambodian Community

Metro, Feb 01 2013

by Benson Tucker & Emma Wohl

As its name suggests, the main thing that holds the West End together is geography. South of Federal Hill and west …

Gun Control

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2013

by Jehane Samaha

[start hero] [end hero] …

Homage to Love

Literary, Jan 22 2013

by Julian Park

1. (time is of the essence strike is of the) sense of the waking warbly street & shoes- numbed feet the …

Week in Review

News, Jan 22 2013

by Emily Gogolak & Barry Elkinton

Writfully Raunchy A group of literary types gathered in London’s In And Out Club this past Tuesday night. There was hype, …

The Openings

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Grace Dunham

The galleries in Chelsea are white. Their floors are usually polished concrete. Galleries are modern. Their job is to highlight the …

The House on Broadview Terrace

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

A few days after hurricane sandy made her way, clumsily, morbidly, along the Atlantic Coast, a friend emailed my father a …

UNTITLED (2012)

A Retrospective

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Claudia Norton

My last relationship consisted of me, my boyfriend, and Tom Friedman. My boyfriend and I used to look at a book …

Inventory

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Olivia-Jené Fagon & Christina McCausland

Suxist In the wake of two well-publicized condemnations of art journalism—art market writer Sarah Thornton’s list of “Why Writing in the …

Once a House is Built

Literary, Nov 16 2012

by Nick Gomez-Hall

Once a house is built, the idea is that it’s finished.Most houses get lived in for a while and then just …

Depraved Writing

Literary, Nov 16 2012

by Charlotte Anderson

Joyce’s letters to Nora prove my foundational theory, which is this: writers are patently perverse creatures. Everything written is already a …

All Doped Up

The Cruel Fascinations of Modern Track & Field

Metabolics, Nov 16 2012

by Barry Elkinton

Christian Hesch was having a good week. On August 17, Hesch, a semi-professional road racer from Los Angeles, ran 4:00.01 at …

I'm Dead

Political Poisonings Through the Ages

News, Nov 16 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

Yasser Arafat vomited during a meeting in Ramallah. His spokesman said he was coming down with the “flu,” but it soon …

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

San Fran Sans Clothes If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear...clothes. San Francisco has long been a city …

Landscaping Fine Arts

The promise of Art.sy's Genome Project

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Olivia-Jené Fagon

In 2011, the launch of Google Art Project brought the public instant access to seven billion pixels worth of artistic masterpieces …

Debate Politics

Why you don't see the Green Party on TV

News, Nov 16 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

On Thursday, November 1, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped a surprise, last-minute endorsement of President Obama. The expression of support …

Throwback Live

Nas, Lauryn Hill, and '90s Nostlagia

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Greg Nissan

It would’ve been hard for me to pass up Nas and Lauryn Hill’s double bill on Monday night at Lupo’s. They’re …

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by by Emily Gogalak, Richard Salame & Kate Van Brocklin

Price TagsThey say that some things can’t be bought, but soon they might not be able to say that about permanent …

Flowers For Alderaan

One Fan's Free Trip to Rhode Island Comic-Con

Metro, Nov 16 2012

by Daniel Stump

Forty or 50 kids shuffle around in the middle of a cement-floored exhibition hall with a three story ceiling. Some have …

Musical Chairs

Textual Improvisation with Nico Muhly

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Lizzie Davis

At age 31, Nico Muhly is already heralded as the premiere composer of his generation. The Providence local has collaborated with …

I Want to Punch Him in the Face

Discomfort comedy and the ironic generation

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Greg Nissan

The film opens with a familiar sight: the mid-30s hipster donning a blank expression, a trendy button-down that snags on his …

War and Forgetfulness

Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Dan Sherrell

Nuon Chea, the genocidaire, tells the court he needs a hat. The air conditioning, apparently, is making his head cold.After a …

Proper Names

The exalted cyclops of Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 09 2012

by Megan Hauptman

In Smithfield, RI, Domin Avenue, a small cul-de-sac backing up onto Georgiaville Pond, sparked a historical bonfire this August when it …

Big R

Cicilline Hangs On

Metro, Nov 09 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

On Tuesday, David Cicilline staved off Republican Brendan Doherty to win re-election to Rhode Island’s 1st district Congressional seat. Rhode Island’s …

The Commissioner and I

Bidding Adieu to the Father of Modern Basketball

Metabolics, Nov 02 2012

by Sam Rosen

Last Tuesday afternoon my best friend called, which was exciting because he only calls if he forgets to tell to me …

Early Voters

Does election day mean nothing to you?

News, Nov 02 2012

by Olivia-Jene Fagon & Belle Cushing

A college student deciding to vote in the 2012 Presidential Election can find guidance at Countmore.com. There, he will enter his …

Lists and Projects

Savant archive and fine art

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Claudia Norton

Leona Christie is a visual arts professor at SUNY Albany and has a brother named Gavin Christie. Gavin Christie is an …

Curation Goes Viral

Tumbling down the drain

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Ana Alvarez

In its list of “The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2012 Edition,” alternative art blog Hyperallergic asserted that …

Week in Review

News, Nov 02 2012

by Alex Ronan & Kate Van Brocklin

Stop Spreading Yr Seeds Birth control is taking center stage in today’s political arena, and the sensitive topic is about to …

Hallowed Whisperings

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Grace Dunham, Robert Merritt & Alex Ronan

A while ago, I went to the Met with a boy my age, and also his mother. We were walking around …

Payasos Azules

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

The distance from the village to Colomba is “twenty minutes by pickup.” Described that way, always. As if there weren’t any …

The Days of Labor

Memory and forgetting in the subways of Moscow

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Shira Atkins

The roar of the machinery subsides, the speeding train begins to slow, and a familiar female voice erupts from the loudspeakers: …

Synthetic Synth

Supergroups in the age of new disco

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Greg Nissan

Dan Boeckner is out of place in 2012. The former Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs leader took the stage last Tuesday …

I'll Believe It When I See It

A photographic ghost story

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

In 1869, the spirit photographer William H. Mumler was brought to court in New York City. Perhaps best known for his …

Walmart Has Sprung a Leak

Belated upheaval in the world's largest retail chain

News, Oct 26 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

Walmart does not take union action lightly. It does a lot to warp its two-million-plus employees’ perception of their rights from …

Week in Review

News, Oct 26 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior & Joe de Jonge

Winged Woes Earlier this year, London’s Tate Modern hosted contemporary artist Damien Hirst’s first major retrospective on British soil. Frequently cited …

The Myth

Literary, Oct 21 2012

by Michael Mount

"Well, this is awkward,” she thinks to herself, squatting beside the brick wall. Her urine rolls down the sloping concrete in …

Inconvenient Truths

The struggle for justice and memory in Brazil’s Truth Commission

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Emma Wohl

As the credits rolled last week on The Day That Lasted 21 Years, a film about Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship screened …

Notes On Transubstantiation

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Patrick Madden

For the tiny children, it’s a tiny snack or a deprivation thereof. For the older children, it’s a proud act of …

Course Catalogue

Literary, Oct 21 2012

by Adam Wyron

ENGN1210-S01 Biomechanics Foundations. Diffusion and convection. Material properties of bone and muscle. Cardiac mechanics. Circulation: steady and unsteady flow, compliant tubes. …

This Is An Emergency

Meredith Stern’s call to action

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez

This Is An Emergency, a project organized by local artist and printmaker Meredith Stern, combines both visual and written artworks that …

Keratin

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Alex Ronan

I. The newspapers say a slender girl with a long, blondponytail blonde ponytail held by a ribbon of pink yarn and …

Houses

Features, Oct 21 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell, Belle Cushing, Grace Dunham, Mimi Dwyer, Avery Houser & Kevin Pires

IRA M. GOFF House, 62 John StreetI like the Goff House because it’s almost not one. It’s small and red and …

Show Me the Green

Third party politics

Metro, Oct 19 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

A small gathering stood outside of Local 121, a restaurant in downtown Providence, on the evening of October 11. “Are you …

Hypothesis: Everything You Could Ever Want & Be You Already Have & Are

Arts & Culture, Oct 19 2012

by Claudia Norton

Introduction Dawn Kasper is living in a gallery in Brown’s Granoff Center, enacting the final chapter of her performance series “On …

Comraderie in Cuba

News, Oct 19 2012

by Kat Thornton

On October 8, the day after Hugo Chavez was re-elected president of Venezuela, Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz printed a congratulatory …

Week in Review

News, Oct 19 2012

by Barry Elkinton, Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

Diamond in the RoughA new source for diamonds may be hard even for De Beers to tap into—it’s a nearby diamond-rich …

Sentenced: Books on the Inside

Metro, Oct 05 2012

by Megan Hauptman

The second floor of a small brown house right off Broadway in Providence houses two rooms stuffed with bookshelves and boxes, …

Pulling a Swift One

News, Oct 05 2012

by Alex Ronan

There is no mention of the Horace Mann School for the Deaf on the webpage for the win-a-Taylor-Swift-concert contest, which is …

Divorcing Mrs. Jesus

News, Oct 05 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

In 2010, a private antiquities collector approached Dr. Karen L. King at the Harvard Divinity School and asked her to investigate …

Week in Review

News, Oct 05 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout & Emily Gogolak

Mitt RomñeyOn the evening of September 29th, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on the Spanish-language channel Univision to discuss the …

Bleak House: Tenants Stand Their Ground

Metro, Sep 28 2012

by Megan Hauptman

Roline Burgison hasn’t paid rent on her South Providence home in almost a year. She, like many other Providence renters, was …

Hapless in Seattle

Sports, Sep 28 2012

by Sam Rosen

This past Monday, immediately following the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over the Green Bay Packers, ESPN.com ran a reader poll: “what did …

The Last Hurrah: Ahmadinejad at the UN Assembly

News, Sep 28 2012

by Barry Elkinton

Last week, iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in New York to attend the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly. With …

Week in Review

News, Sep 28 2012

by Alex Ronan & Kate Van Brocklin

Current EventsAfter floating in the north sea for 98 years, a message in a bottle was pulled in by a Scottish …

EGO

Literary, Sep 28 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

I.He had these smudgy blue eyes that startled me. I always thought they would be dark brown, but up close they …

Replacement Parts

Arts, Sep 28 2012

by Ana Alvarez

Sara Hendren is an artist, researcher, and writer who explores how design and art practices can inform techno-scientific research and knowledge-building. …

Old and News

Arts, Sep 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

Winging ItThis week the louvre in Paris opened a 30,000-square-foot Islamic Art wing, intended to showcase their collection of over 18,000 …

Jugaad

Features, Sep 28 2012

by David Adler

Last Friday, in the calm, early hours of the morning, Delhi University prepared for Student Union elections. Stout men with heavy …

Marriage to a 'T'

Features, Sep 28 2012

by Will Fesperman

Owen still remembers being five years old and thinking that everyone was like Mr. Potato Head, his favorite toy. “I thought …

Hemingway’s Twitter

Literary, Sep 28 2012

by Michael Mount

She arranged sloppily enough to suggest that she might have a trace of apathy in her personality, carefully curating the mountain …

The Melting Phallus of Jin Shan's My Dad is Li Gang!

Arts, Sep 28 2012

by Claudia Norton

Jin Shan’s first show in the US consisted of a mock-up of the cosmos under which a silicone policeman dangled, periodically …

You Don't Get Pussy Riot

Arts, Sep 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

Chloe sevigny reading an activist’s letters to a crowd of people who describe themselves as “secretaries by day, arts activists by …

Blessed are the Barren

Features, Sep 28 2012

by Ellora Vilkin

The woman’s prerecorded voice sounds tired, slightly nasal. “Hello and thank you for caring enough to call Project Prevention. We hope …

Party City

Features, Sep 28 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

I sat with my mother in an unusually deserted Outback Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida on the final Monday of August. This …

Trading Races

Sports, Sep 22 2012

by Sam Rosen

This summer, two transactions made history in their respective sports. In the MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired first baseman Adrian …

The Corn Supremacy

drought revives food vs. fuel debate

News, Sep 22 2012

by Barry Elkinton

On September 10, Congress returned from summer recess, and both parties began the typical campaign season ritual of political posturing and …

Week in Review

taps, teats & tabloids

News, Sep 22 2012

by Barry Elkinton, Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

Arid Cups On September 22, over 6.5 million people are expected to descend on Munich, Germany to attend Oktoberfest, a 16-day …

Week in Review

News, Sep 21 2012

by Doreen St. Félix, Marcel Bertsch-Gout & Kate Van Brocklin

In Defense By Wednesday morning, a quiet had finally settled outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on 125 South Clark St. …

The Dead Thing in the Backyard

Literary, Sep 21 2012

by Noah Prestwich

Nobody speaks to the dead thing in the backyard. The dog chews on it. Slobbers on it. Tries to lick it …

A Gallery Girl on Gallery Girls

girls don't rule the art world

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez

Gallery Girls, Bravo’s latest reality television venture, follows the trials of seven young women as they navigate the ‘New York Art …

Inventory

tunes, tools, teenagers

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez, Christina McCausland & Claudia Norton

ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE Rookie Yearbook One proves there’s a teenage girl in all of us waiting to wear a paper crown …

PEER-REVIEWED RAP

Friction in Fur Coats

Science & Technology, Sep 21 2012

by Eric Axelman

“People have an idea of what scientists are like, and how scientists are supposed to act, and how scientists are supposed …

Lifeboat

health care by land or by sea

News, Sep 21 2012

by Kate Van Brocklin

The longest lake in the world holds 18 percent of the world’s fresh water, borders four countries, and, surrounded by steep …

And There Is No Word For That

expanding the narratives of rape

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by A

There was this girl, whose face I can no longer see and whose name might have been Maggie but just as …

Withering Bytes

preserving digital art. et tu DVD? et tu?

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Olivia-Jené Fagon

Over the course of two centuries, the Library of Congress was able to acquire, catalogue, and preserve 29 million books and …

UPLOADING CULTURE: Variability and Immateriality in Video Art

variability and immateriality in video art

Arts & Culture, Sep 04 2012

by Jordan Carter

The walls of the Whitney are hijacked by moving images in the museum’s summer 2010 exhibition Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty …

The Theory Monster: Fame + Foucault = Gaga?

fame + Foucault = Gaga?

Arts & Culture, Sep 04 2012

by Jordan Carter

The Theory Monster Fame + Foucault = Gaga? Britney Spears is my secret vice, but I’m proud to blast the Lady. …

COSMOTHÉQUE

cinema and the 3½-dimension

Arts & Culture, May 23 2012

by Adrian Randall

I think I have watched the trailer for Men in Black III a dozen times by now. I am in the …

Win Big, Lose Bigger

News, May 18 2012

by Alex Ronan

Financial security,” NightStalker explained, adding “I’d go into more detail, but since you are a college kid, I don’t want to …

Promise In The Present

faith and skepticism in Carol Becker’s micro-utopias

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Jordan Carter

Last Thursday, Carol Becker—writer, scholar, and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts—gave a talk on micro-utopias to a micro-sized …

Athena's Adaptation

a 19th century library in the 21st century

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Natalie Villacorta

When people step into the Providence Athenaeum for the first time, they take their first breath of 19th century air and …

Retrofit

Theaster Gates takes Chicago

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Kate Welsh

The wooden floors of the house at 6918 Dorchester Avenue in Chicago originally lined a West Side bowling alley. The stacks …

That In Your Ear?

David Bellos on translation

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Nick Shulman

In 1595, as spiritual leader of the Jesuit mission to China, Matteo Ricci guided his subordinates to shed their robes and …

Parasites in the Pew

Something Rotten in the State of Nature

Science & Technology, May 11 2012

by Soma Chea

Many scientists have been wary about using evolution to study human nature. But not Randy Thornhill. Author of The Evolutionary Biology …

Nerf War

urban taggers v. the law

News, May 11 2012

by Jamie Brew

Martyn Yang of Canberra, Australia says his blog, UrbanTaggers, as “dedicated to all things to do with toy blasters, be it …

Week in Review

News, May 11 2012

by Malcolm Burnley, Alex Ronan & Caroline Soussloff

Ghost of Gaddafi Somewhere outside Misrata, the body of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi lies buried in an unmarked grave. But 197 days …

Mojave

Literary, May 10 2012

by Michael Mount

I. The road to Mojave is long and thin, fading into a horizon. An old, tattered van rattles to the shoulder …

Boy's Club

resurrecting Portuguese tradition on Trenton street

Metro, May 10 2012

by Grace Dunham

The procession started around 7:30, a half-hour behind schedule. A young blonde girl walked in first, carrying a silver crown on …

skin & bones

a conversation with taxidermist Becca Barnet

Arts & Culture, May 07 2012

by Gillian Brassil

Becca Barnet is an artist, museum exhibit maker, and taxidermist currently based in Charleston. The Independent spoke to her on the …

Fact and Truth

the ethics of representation from James Agee to John D’Agata

News, May 07 2012

by Emma Whitford

In the wake of the February publication of his book The Lifespan of a Fact, John D’Agata has been arguing that …

Let Them Eat Cake

consuming the other

Arts & Culture, May 02 2012

by Sophia Seawell

At the World Art Day celebration on April 15 at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, gallery-goers ate cake. It …

Paradise Sinking

sea change in the Maldives

News, May 02 2012

by Muhammad Saigol

The Maldives is best known as an island paradise, a fact that belies the turbulent environmental and political changes that are …

"So What Does It All Mean?"

Gossip Girl At Its apotheosis

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Stephen Carmody

Diana: Well, I didn’t intend for things to get as serious as they did with Nate. And then I thought… if …

US vs THEM

can a robot do your job?

News, Apr 25 2012

by Erica Schwiegershausen

For years, people have casually worried, or, in some cases, agonized, about a time when robots will replace humans in the …

Zap Zap Zap

domesticate the drones!

News, Apr 25 2012

by Barry Elkinton

Last month, the Internet was abuzz over the launching of TacoCopter, a San Francisco-based tech company offering taco delivery via aerial …

Revival In Warwick

Mitt Romney and the missing middle ground

Metro, Apr 25 2012

by David Adler

Everyone packed into the lobby of Warwick’s Crowne Plaza Hotel last Wednesday knew that Rhode Island is a blue state. Their …

From RISD To Rabat

making art for embassies

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by By Elizabeth Woodward

Images of a geometrical knit Missoni sweater, colored yarn held in cat’s cradle, a Russian Bauhaus carpet design, and earthy Moroccan …

Earth Daze

how a radical anti-corporate movement got lost in the lamest holiday on the planet

News, Apr 25 2012

by Alex Ronan

There were rumors that NASA had the capacity to take satellite images of the Earth. It was 1966 and Stewart Brand, …

OUT OF THE CLOSET, INTO THE QUAD

the origins of Brown’s gay liberation movement

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Sarah Yahm

When Jack Marcus moved to Providence for grad school in 1967, two years before Stonewall, he wasn’t out yet, but he …

Legislation Wars

the paper battle over Rhode Island reproductive rights

Metro, Apr 25 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell & with reporting by Stoni Thompson

On Wednesday April 11, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee considered nine separate abortion-related bills. Although committee hearings were officially scheduled …

RAFAËL ROZENDAAL PAINTS ONSCREEN

“somewhere between mondrian and mickey mouse” — @newrafael

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Annika Finne

To Michelangelo, laptop screens might resemble little glowing paintings in weird frames. A 15” Macbook Pro screen has the same dimensions …

Newport's Cup

Formerly Schmancy Sailing in the Ocean State

Metabolics, Apr 23 2012

by Alex Seoh

In the world of competitive sailing, winning the America’s Cup signifies the best—the best team of sailors in the best boat …

Bins, Barnyards, and Button Mushrooms

Science & Technology, Apr 23 2012

by Raillan Brooks

At one point, Bobby Gaines was deciding whether to become a doctor or a pig farmer. The former was the expected …

Notes On Hip Hop (II)

Arts, Apr 23 2012

by By Taylor Kelley

For the first time since T.I.’s Trap Muzik dropped in 2003, there is no obvious top dog in Atlanta rap, a …

Notes on Hip Hop

Arts, Apr 23 2012

by By Matt Weiss

What is a spell? It’s the transmission of a certain vibration. Energy flowing through the spellcaster causes subtle cataclysms that realign …

NOVEL HARLEQUIN

Literary, Apr 23 2012

by By Julieta Cárdenas

So what, then, could I have done differently on the night when my mother, a prostitute in Hades came to visit …

Week in Review

News, Apr 23 2012

by By Chris Cohen, Emily Gogolak & Erica Schwiegershausen

KICK IN THE ARSENICThe state legislature of Maryland acted last week to ban the use of arsenic-laced feed in poultry production. …

Off The Margins

Features, Apr 11 2012

by by Sofia Castello y Tickell

At approximately 6:00 am on January 11, 2012, the decapitated bodies of an unidentified man and woman were found in a …

Nonprofits Say No

Metro, Apr 11 2012

by By Malcolm Burnley

With 600 signatures, a ten-foot protest banner, and demands for $4 million, three dozen Brown University students marched into the university’s …

Psychedelic (Part II)

Features, Apr 10 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Ellora Vilkin

I COULD QUIT WHENEVER I WANT Looks like one good trip really could change your life: according to a meta-analysis published …

PSYCHEDELIC

Features, Apr 10 2012

by By Andrew Lee

There are tales of people taking psychedelic drugs and jumping out of buildings, going permanently insane, or accidentally overdosing. There are …

Week in Review

News, Apr 10 2012

by By Erica Schwiegershausen & Caroline Soussloff

STOP MAKING CENTSCanadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced last week that the Royal Canadian Mint will stop producing pennies this fall, …

MARCH-ING MADNESS

Sports, Apr 10 2012

by By Malcolm Burnley

In the first half of the first game of March Madness this year, Kansas State’s freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez stepped …

Aspirational Aesthetics

Arts, Apr 10 2012

by By Alexandra Corrigan

What kind of spaces do we make now? And how are they made? Architecture teaches, more purely than philosophy, what our …

Haute Cuisine

Food, Apr 10 2012

by By Lucas Morduchowicz

In the 1960s, men were men, the scotch was strong, and airplane food was gourmet. Grilled filet mignon with buttered green …

Bored St. George

Interviews, Apr 10 2012

by Translated & Illustrated by Timothy Nassau

What to make of Georges Bataille? In 1930, André Breton said that he was “psychasthenic,” that he had a “conscience deficit,” …

The Bias Business

News, Apr 10 2012

by By Christina McCausland

On February 29, Rush Limbaugh, conservative media’s most famously outspoken commentator, called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” (among …

Animal Locomotion

INDY BLOG, Apr 09 2012

by Christina McCausland

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Woman walking down stairs"][/caption]Today is early photographer Eadweard Muybridge's 182nd birthday, and Google has a doodle in …

So, this is a thing on the Internet

INDY BLOG, Mar 27 2012

by Christina McCausland

Artist James C. Ewart is cataloging all the nipples at the Met. (Previously, re: nudity and the Met). …

EUROPEAN DISUNION: The Strained Relations of Continental Europe

Uncategorized, Mar 21 2012

by Muhammad Saigol

Often snapped by cameras in variousstages of awkward embraces,determined handshakes, or intensediscussions, Angela Merkel and NicolasSarkozy are often collectively referred toby …

Partire Per Morire

Metro, Mar 20 2012

by By Grace Dunham

[start hero] [end hero] On April 7th, Father Charles Zanoni will have been a priest for fifty years. The son of …

Computers Building Buildings

Science, Mar 20 2012

by By Raillan Brooks & Lucas Morduchowicz

In November 2011, Michael Hansmeyer’s exhibit “Subdivided Columns – A New Order” at the Gwangju Design Biennale made quite the splash. …

GREG’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE REVIEW

Arts, Mar 20 2012

by Greg Nissan

A sincere review of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie would be pointless. The duo’s absurd sense of humor—resistant to any …

HOLLYWOOD GADFLIES

Arts, Mar 20 2012

by By Adrian Randall

Right now in theatres, and probably not for much longer, is Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance, a film that needs …

Uncanny

Food, Mar 18 2012

by By Tara Kane

Even with a winter as mild as this last one, by late February I want nothing more than fresh food. I …

FOUR EXERCISES IN TRANSLATION

Literary, Mar 18 2012

by By Gillian Brassil

[one]A father and a daughter sit outside eating cheese off a wooden board. They both see a girl with long dark …

Barack Obama Loathes the Free Press

INDY BLOG, Mar 14 2012

by Dan Stump

Jeremy Scahill published an excellent article on Monday contextualizing the imprisonment of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye.  Shaye had previously revealed …

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Arts, Mar 12 2012

by By Raillan Brooks, Jonah Wolf, Nick Shulman, Kate Van Brocklin, Eddie Friedman, Sarah Denaci & Will Peterson

THE ONE IN BETHESDA IS BETTERSince the summer of 2010, DC residents have suffered the indignity of DC Cupcakes, a TLC …

BALL SO HARD

Sports, Mar 12 2012

by By Alex Seoh

After declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft out of Harvard, Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin got passed over for 60 other players. …

STOCKHOLM STIGMA

Interviews, Mar 12 2012

by By Sarah Rutherford

"Do you want a Hitler mustache?”Such was the offering to attendees of a political festival in Sweden last summer, where protestors …

Got The Juice

Arts, Mar 12 2012

by By Taylor Kelley

2011 must have been a confusing year for Soulja Boy. Accustomed to massive commercial success and equally massive critical condemnation, last …

EAST OF EASTSIDE

Food, Mar 12 2012

by By Maya Sikand

If you ask the right person in Providence today, they will tell you: in the fifties there were grape vines in …

The Good, The Vlad, and The Ugly

News, Mar 12 2012

by By Barry Elkinton

A teary-eyed Vladimir Putin declared victory in the Russian presidential elections last Sunday, claiming 64 percent of the vote. After Putin’s …

Brazen in the Sun

Features, Mar 12 2012

by By Dana Reilly

Twenty some years ago, Jason Neustadter, a student at Atlantic City High School, left the tanning salon with blistering pink skin. …

Week In Review

News, Mar 12 2012

by By Sophia Seawell, Elizabeth Koh & Oyinkan Osobamiro

Grade GrubbingOn February 24, the New York City Education Department released “value-added” rankings of 18,000 public school teachers to the public, …

Multimodality

Musings on everyday synesthesia, brain architecture, and the metaphor

Arts & Culture, Mar 12 2012

by Sandeep Nayak

Imagine the pre-Babel tongue in which every word was perfect vocal expression for the thing it named, the thing behind the …

Cash Rules Everything

Three perspectives on the rise of casinos in RI

Arts & Culture, Mar 12 2012

by Malcolm Burnley, David Adler & X

Betting Wars: Gambling taxes, Narragansetts, and the politics of casinos in Rhode Island On Tuesday, March 6, the Rhode Island House …

Thrilling Food

Eating Bugs to Revolutionize the Food System

Metabolics, Mar 06 2012

by Katie Parker

Challenge: watch The Lion King and decide that bugs do not look tempting. The multi-colored, neon grubs, beetles, and caterpillars look …

Window Pane

Literary, Mar 06 2012

by Michael Mount

When we were driving they caught us. When I was doing nothing but looking straight through the glass and watching the …

Shutting Down

News, Mar 06 2012

by Dori Rahbar

The state of Alabama will shut down four state-run hospitals for the mentally ill by 2013 due to budget cuts, state …

Love Thy Neighbor?

The call for Scottish independence

News, Mar 06 2012

by Caroline Soussloff

"Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” This is the question that First Minister Alex Salmond of the …

Hearts On Fire

Self-immolation as political protest

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2012

by Kate Welsh

When a Tunisian fruit seller named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire on December 17, 2011, he sparked the Arab Spring, …

Lines of conflict

Redistricting in limbo after no vote

Metro, Mar 06 2012

by Malcolm Burnley

(for full map: http://council.providenceri.com/Redistricting) The scene was reminiscent of the Wisconsin State Capitol last year. But the controversy surrounded boundaries, not …

On French Films of a Certain Age

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2012

by Gillian Brassil, Belle Cushing, Sarah Denaci & Caroline Sagalchik

Les derniers jours du monde [Happy Ends], (2009) dir. Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu How would the apocalypse happen in France? It …

What We're Reading

INDY BLOG, Mar 02 2012

by Christina McCausland

Friday! Pick up this week's issue for a news quiz, French Film Festival reviews (everybody’s been loving Les derniers jours du …

Rush Limbaugh Tries to Export Painkiller Addiction to College Students

INDY BLOG, Mar 02 2012

by Dan Stump

This morning, the infamous talk show host offered to donate as much aspirin as it takes to rid the women of …

Uncanny Oscars

Investigations in cinema astrology

Arts & Culture, Feb 26 2012

by Adrian Randall

The Oscars are the anti-Superbowl. Any real pathos over victory and defeat quickly gets lost in the pomp and circumstance. Just …

Mechanical Memory

A conversation with a curator of the Bell Gallery

Arts & Culture, Feb 26 2012

by Rachel Benoit

Nostalgia Machines is Maya Allison’s latest and last show as curator of Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery, a title she …

Motifs of Mania

One Researcher’s Close Reading of Schizophrenia

Science & Technology, Feb 26 2012

by Raillan Brooks

Another manila folder has landed on his desk. A new donation has just arrived, and Anton* has work to do. He …

Exceptionally Invasive

Cow bladder in the gallery

Arts & Culture, Feb 26 2012

by Rachel Kay

From a distance, Atrabiliarios looks flat, a blur of five rectangles on the far gallery wall of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary …

Dear Mel

One man. 200,000 letters.

Arts & Culture, Feb 26 2012

by Ellora Vilkin

Once upon a time, on the third floor of the John Hay Library, there was a small, tall room. The room …

Changing the Channel

Online media and the future of the television industry

News, Feb 26 2012

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Two weeks ago, the Super Bowl was broadcast live online for the first time ever. With about 2.1 million viewers watching …

Letters of Note

INDY BLOG, Feb 23 2012

by Ellora Vilkin

Last week, the Indy ran a piece about the John Hay Library's Mel B. Yolken Collection of over 200,000 letters. Phillipe …

American Life League Video Makes Planned Parenthood Seem More Fun than it Is

INDY BLOG, Feb 22 2012

by Dan Stump

In celebration of National Condom Week, the American Life League recently released this shocking report which roundly condemns Planned Parenthood for …

Week in Review

News, Feb 19 2012

by Christina McCausland, Alex Ronan & Barry Elkinton

There is a Lot I Don’t Understand About You Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year old columnist for Saudi Arabia’s Al Bilad newspaper, …

Civility and its Discontents

Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath of the Tucson shooting

News, Feb 19 2012

by Emma Wohl

On January 25, 2012—a year and several weeks after she was shot in the head outside of a grocery store in …

John D’Agata Challenges the Benefits of Fact-Checking

INDY BLOG, Feb 18 2012

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Earlier this month, Harper’s published an excerpt from John D’Agata’s latest book, The Lifespan of a Fact. The book traces the …

When Do Their Sentences End?

Reentering RIPTA

Metro, Feb 15 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

On November 17 of last year, WPRIChannel 12 “Target 12 Investigator” Tim White reported that Rhode Island Public Transport Authority (RIPTA) …

Our Heavenly Father

Spiritual crisis at Cranston West

Metro, Feb 15 2012

by Grace Dunham

Jessica Ahlquist, the 16-year-old girl who won a federal lawsuit against Cranston High School West to remove a prayer banner from …

Week in Review

News, Feb 15 2012

by Caroline Soussloff, Alex Ronan & Erica Schwiegershausen

Bad Ro(bo)mance For a generation taught responsibility with Furbys and Tomagatchis, whose dating rituals are facilitated and structured by websites and …

Musty Beginnings

Finding the Beauty in the Damp and Dark

Metabolics, Feb 15 2012

by Anna Rotman

Basements are sites of dank carpets and unrecognizable storage boxes. Once-prized possessions dwell in limbo: damaged too much to fully enjoy, …