Articles by FA

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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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

Super Like

X, Nov 03 2017

by Fabiola Millan

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

Landscaping Fine Arts

The promise of'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 …

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 …

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 There, he will enter his …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

The Art of Barter

arts & culture, Apr 09 2011

by Olivia Fagon

In 1969, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe hawked their sketches and paintings for a month’s rent at the Chelsea Hotel. Pablo …

The French Film Festival

arts & culture, Mar 10 2011

by Ana Alvarez, Maud Doyle & Olivia Fagon

Between Thursday, February 24, and Sunday, March 6, The French Film Festival took over the Cable Car Cinema on South Main …

Google Giveth. Google Taketh Away.

Arts, Mar 06 2011

by Olivia Jene Fagon

In 1933, Walter Benjamin prophesized the death of art and its aura in the age of mechanical reproduction. So we can …

The Next Big Thing

Arts, Feb 25 2011

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

Forty million dollars in donor funds and 38,815 square feet later, the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts officially celebrated its …

Museums Held Hostage

Arts, Feb 14 2011

by Olivia Fagon-Jene

In January 2010, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull a four-minute video portrait by artist David Wojnarowicz entitled Fire in …

Week In Review

News, Mar 20 2008

by Fawzia Mahmood

No Lie: My Lai The Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal that leaked in 2004, the murder of 24 Iraqi civilians in …

From Serbia with Love

On Kanvassing, Kafanas, and Kosovo

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Fawzia Mahmood

At a stoplight on the bustling commercial boulevard of Knez Mihailova in downtown Belgrade, a group of Serbian Democratic Party (SDP) …