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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 …

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, …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

Features, Mar 01 2019

by Raghvi Bhatia

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Morphologies

X, Oct 06 2017

by Liby Hays

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

False Dogs

X, Sep 15 2017

by Liby Hays

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. …

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, …

Alcohol

Ephemera, Apr 07 2017

by Ethan East

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 …

Morphologies

X, Mar 24 2017

by Liby Hays

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

False Dogs

Arts, Mar 11 2016

by Liby Hays

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 …

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 …

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 …

$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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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? …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Ephemera, Oct 31 2014

by Andres Chang

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 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 …

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, …

Postcede

X, Nov 03 2013

by Joanna Zhang

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Man Fulfilled

Ephemera, Apr 12 2013

by Charles O'Leary

[start hero] [end hero] …

x

Ephemera, Mar 15 2013

by Sarah Harrison

[start hero][end hero] …

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 …

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: …

Gun Control

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2013

by Jehane Samaha

[start hero] [end hero] …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Living Eleven: Stories From Inside the 11th House on 11th Street

Metro, Dec 08 2011

by Grace Dunham

One block north of 10th Streetand one block south of 12th Street, just before Providence ends and Pawtucket begins, is 11th …

Pivotal Points

US foreign policy refocuses on the Asian-Pacific

News, Dec 08 2011

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Last June, President Barack Obama laid out plans for the beginning of the USdrawdown in Afghanistan, pledging to pull approximately a …

Badasses in the Sciences

Science & Technology, Nov 28 2011

by Joanna Zhang & Ashton Strait

Eric Pianka In 1952, Eric Pianka was a curious 13-year-old exploring the mountainous border between California and Oregon. The Pianka home …

Star Wars: Episode China

News, Nov 17 2011

by by Erica Schweigerhausen

Chinese citizens reveled in nationalistic pride last week after a pair of unmanned Chinese spacecraft successfully performed the country’s first “space-kiss”—the …

Occupy Keeps Occupying

Metro, Nov 03 2011

by by Grace Dunham

On Thursday, October 27 at 2 pm, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare and Police Detective Theodore Michael calmly entered the Occupy …

Carmen Castillo Wins Ward 9

Metro, Nov 03 2011

by by HALEY KOSSEK

Leading up to last week, news headlines pairing the words “housekeeper” and “politician” together tended to refer to scandals like those …

WEEK IN REVIEW 27 October 2011

News, Nov 03 2011

by by Erica Schwiegershausen, Christina McCausland & Kate Welsh

BROOKLYN BUS SEGREGATION Bus segregation is back, and in Williamsburg of all places. Last week The New York World, a Columbia Journalism …

Castle for the People

Features, Nov 03 2011

by by Grace Dunham

Henry Degaitas still remembers gym class in the Providence Armory. Every day he and the other kids of Bishop McVinney, a …

Danny Brown and Das Racist

Arts, Oct 27 2011

by by Michael Danziger & Tristan Rodman

Danny Brown entered the stage at The Met sporting a Mishka varsity jacket, skinny jeans, Jordans, and an emo combover. This, …

Why Occupy Wall Street Isn't Particularly Revolutionary

Opinions, Oct 27 2011

by by Jonathan Topaz

“Mankind desperately needs revolutionary leadership”—Robert Hayden, co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society, “Port Huron Statement”, 1962“We’re trying to create a …

Hey Providence, What is That?

Metro, Oct 25 2011

by by Muhammad Saigol

Few give this lonely edifice more than a passing glance as they zip by on I-195. It stands against the shore …

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

News, Oct 25 2011

by by Erica Schwiegershausen

Although it’s hard to remember the days before Google was a commonplace verb, Google, Inc. was first incorporated in 1998 with …

What Has Science Done For You Lately?

Science, Sep 19 2011

by Ashton Strait & Joanna Zhang

It's Created Detonating Cancer BombsA group of scientists from Harvard, MIT, and a Swiss institute (ETH) in Zurich are now testing …

Arab Summer

News, Sep 19 2011

by David Adler, Kate Welsh & Erica Schwiegershausen

Lowdown on Libya Libya spent more than 40 years under the erratic rule of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi before apro-democracy revolt pushed …

Reclaiming Rhode Island

North Kingstown’s two-hour tea party

Metro, Sep 19 2011

by Grace Dunham

On Wednesday, September 7, over 200 people gathered in North Kingstown’s Wilson Park, enduring the day’s drizzle to welcome the Tea …

Week In Review

News, Sep 19 2011

by David Adler, Erica Schwiegershausen & Kate Welsh

What Are You Hungary For? Is it possible for bureaucracy to be sexy? The country of Hungary seems to think so. …

Liberia Comes to America

West African eats in Cranston

Food, Apr 21 2011

by Grace Dunham

Board the number 11 bus at Kennedy Plaza, ride it south down Broad Street, and you’ll get a sense of the …

Week in Review

News, Apr 21 2011

by David Adler, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

4/20 Update Detroit is a decrepit city—its former industry in dark shambles, its slums rife with poverty. But don’t worry! Gubernatorial …

A Sense of Where You Are

poems about place

Literary, Apr 09 2011

by Sam Alper, Erik Font, Taylor Anne Lane & Micah Thanhauser

Pampa 1. There is nothing other than the pyramid of tires that seeks amnesty from the flatbed-truck-baggers lurching by, outside city …

Week in Review

News, Apr 09 2011

by Belle Cushing, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

Facebook Squahes "Third Palestinian Intifada" After receiving numerous complaints and appeals, including a request from the Anti-Defamation League—a US-based Jewish advocacy …

Sleep No More: A Review

arts & culture, Mar 25 2011

by Meara Sharma

Late last Saturday night, I was in New York City searching frantically for 530 West 27th Street, the site of Sleep …

Your Brain on Meditation

science & technology , Mar 25 2011

by Nupur Shridhar

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have finally found scientific evidence for Buddhists’ peace of mind: meditation objectively improves neural plasticity …

Midwestern Mayhem

madison fights for the right to unionize

News, Mar 10 2011

by Erica Schwiegershausen

"It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison,” remarked Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, describing the widespread protests in Wisconsin’s capital following Governor …

Unrest Spreads in Ivory Coast

News, Mar 06 2011

by Erica Schwiegershausen

The three-month political stalemate in Ivory Coast has seen a surge in violence in recent weeks, raising concerns that civil war …

WEEK IN REVIEW 2/24/11

News, Feb 25 2011

by Malcolm Burnley, Emily Gogolak & Erica Schwiegershausen

SO LONG MR. PRESIDENT?The Arab world was dealt yet another shock on Sunday, when Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, announced his …

Scientific Misdeeds

Science, Jan 01 2011

by Nupur Shridhar

In August, after three years of internal investigation, Harvard University found Dr. Marc Hauser, a renowned evolutionary biologist (and, perhaps ironically, …

From Arcadia, With Love

Arts, Dec 09 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

Spending time with Rick Roden, an artist whose primary medium is life itself, is being shaken from numbness into awe without …

The Indy Gives Thanks

Literary, Dec 01 2010

by Grace Dunham & Belle Cushing

The importance of eating chopped liverEvery Thanksgiving, my grandmother makes chopped liver. It’s smooth, a little sweet, vaguely metallic—because of the …

Barcelona Betrayed

has the planet's favorite sports team made a pact with the devil?

by Harrison Stark

That’s what many FC Barcelona fans are beginning to wonder. Soccer club FC Barcelona is the world’s most popular team playing …

Algebra

Literary, Oct 27 2010

by Charlotte Crowe

Staring at the back of Tess’s neck in algebra class.  The knobs of vertebrae visible just above the neckline of her …

Transient Bodies

Arts, Oct 26 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

Providence-based new media artist Emma Hogarth, originally from Australia, received an MFA from RISD in digital media in 2009. According to …

Big Gay Ovaries

Science, Oct 18 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

Scientists at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have created the first artificial ovary that can grow oocytes (basically immature …

Week in Review 9/30/10

News, Sep 30 2010

by Leah Michaels & Sam Levison

Healing Bad CarmaRemember that time you lost your temper because you left your car on Thayer Street for just five minutes …

Missing the Mark

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Nathan Bergmann-Dean

Students at The New School for Social Research in New York City occupied the cafeteria of the student center in December …

On Tragedy

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

The emergence of an apocalyptic aesthetic is society coping—or rather, becoming one with—the horrifying nature of world affairs and its human …

Bio Battles

Science, Sep 24 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

Chasing ParasitesIn order for Africa to develop, it must begin feeding itself. Difficult, considering its large and disperse population, and its …

Twitter and the End of Historiography

Opinions, Sep 23 2010

by Charles Pletcher

On April 14, 2010, the Library of Congress announced on their blog that they would be archiving “every public tweet, ever, …

Where Hunger is the Heart’s Delight

Metro, Mar 11 2010

by Nathaniel Levy

The Ocean State and the Bay State draw salivating hordes seaward during the summers for an array of seafood’s finest, such …

Canaries Everywhere

boxstory, Mar 11 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

In about two months, during the last full moon in May, red knots (Calidris canutus) migrating from the Pampas to the …

CENTRAL FALLS AND THE FUTURE OF SCHOOL REFORM

Metro, Mar 11 2010

by Hannah Kang

On February 23, the Central Falls High School (CFHS) Board of Trustees voted five to two to fire every single member …

We’re All Actors

Opinions, Feb 18 2010

by Agnes Hayes

“When we were making love I heard an orchestra, a symphony. There were trombones. Did you hear that too?”Beat.“Oh, um, yeah, …

The British Aren’t Coming

Science, Feb 11 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

Despite centuries of evidence gathered in the lab and in between the sheets, researchers are still arguing over the existence of …

What is love? Literary Lotharios respond

Features, Feb 11 2010

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

Love comes with sacrifice, a concept you dunderheads will probably never come close to understanding. Innumerable years of my life wasted, …

JIZZ IN THE LIBRARY

Features, Feb 04 2010

by Richard Whitman

December 11th, 2009: “Today, I just read every BrownFML, finishing at 5:30 in the morning. I have an Orgo exam at …

Operation Digout

asifyoucare, Feb 04 2010

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

This February, Brown University student organizers and volunteers across campus will devote their time and resources to aiding earthquake recovery in …

JIZZ IN THE LIBRARY

Features, Feb 04 2010

by Richard Whitman

December 11th, 2009: “Today, I just read every BrownFML, finishing at 5:30 in the morning. I have an Orgo exam at …

While You Were Out

Science, Feb 04 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

1. We Can Program Ourselves to Just Say NoAs the winter grinds on and your New Year’s resolve to kick your …

COLORBLIND NO LONGER

Science, Oct 29 2009

by Nupur Shridhar

Before it was a crime, racism masqueraded as a science. Its prejudiced history began with evolutionary biology in the 18th century, …

What’s the Matter with Health Care?

how right-wing fear-mongers are killing America's best chance at viable reform

Opinions, Oct 05 2009

by Raphaela Lipinsky-Degette

Over the past months, the healthcare debate has degenerated into a seriesofscare tactics designed to engender opposition to any Democratic effort …

Poetry Out Loud

an interview with Rhode Island's poetry recitation champion

Arts & Culture, Apr 30 2009

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

On April 27 and 28, 15-year-old Amber Johnson, a sophomore at Providence's Classical High School, went to Washington, DC to compete …

END-GAME PAINTING

Dana Schutz's missing pictures at Zach Feuer.

Arts & Culture , Apr 16 2009

by Sean Monahan

Supposedly, the most accurate depiction of a nuclear explosion Hollywood has ever produced is found in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). …

FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL

Opinions, Apr 09 2009

by Britt Harwood

This year, Rhode Island has found itself in an unfortunate position at the front line of the economic crisis. The state …

Holding Out

Features, Apr 09 2009

by Michael Gonda

Balmore and Rosy Rivas do not know what to do. Two weeks ago, the owners of a large cattle farm in …

THE MISSING MIDDLE

Literary, Apr 09 2009

by Shawn Wen

Beginning:Our minds barely guard our eyes. The eyes wander and the mind only starts to notice when it is too late. …

REFRESHING THE PAGE: THE INTERNET VERSIFIES

Arts, Apr 09 2009

by Rachel de Jong & Eli Halpern

Poetry is often a solitary pursuit. A poet may feel like he is writing in a vacuum, while his poet neighbor …

PILE IN THE PADDYWAGON: ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN IRISH NEWPORT

News, Mar 19 2009

by Audrey Chait

It's 10 AM on March 14 and Newport is drinking. Among the overwhelmingly green-clad crowd wandering Thames Street, two young women, …

"BLAME IT:" THE SLOW FADE OF HYPE WILLIAMS

Arts, Mar 19 2009

by Stephanie Pottinger

In the past two weeks, musing over how Jamie Foxx got a puffy-eyed Ron Howard to feature prominently in the music …

TO SAVE

Literary, Mar 19 2009

by Ghada Abdelquader

Pray to God so He might save you as I write. Bathe the pores of your skin with the mud of …

EXPLORE PROVIDENCE'S REGAL REPTILES: GOING BACK TO THE BASICS

Metro, Mar 05 2009

by Zachary Smith

Have you ever wanted to see snakes unhinge their jaws to tear open and swallow defrosted infant mice four times the …

THE AGE OF SNARK: A TRIPTYCH OF BUSH RETROSPECTIVES

Features, Mar 05 2009

by Audrey Chait

Subtlety may not be George W. Bush's strong point, but on January 20, 2009, he left the Inauguration, and the 43rd …

WHAT'S LEFT AFTER GENIUS: THE ITUNES STORE KNOWS ME ALL TOO WELL

Features, Mar 05 2009

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

Tell someone a band you like, or an album, and it's an act of self-construction, whether conscious or unconscious. There's something …

WITHER, GLOSSY MEDIA: ARTFORUM'S NEW MODESTY

Arts, Mar 05 2009

by Sean Monahan

With the American economy reeling from the global financial crisis and conspicuous consumption floundering in its wake, now may be the …

PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS UPDATE: PROVIDENCE STUDENTS TAKE ACTION IN EDUCATION REFORM

News, Feb 12 2009

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

As reported in last week's issue of the Independent, Providence's high school student-driven Young Voices organization held an open forum on …

OUR MORAL LINK TO HAMAS'S DESTRUCTION

Opinions, Feb 12 2009

by Harry Reis

For this week's Opinions page, I asked two writers, one involved with pro-Israeli efforts and another involved with pro-Palestinian efforts, to …

WHO ARE THE GUARDIANS? PROVIDENCE STUDENTS TAKE BACK THE DEBATE OVER EDUCATION

Features, Feb 05 2009

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

The cafeteria at Providence's Cooley Health and Science Technical High School has all the public school landmarks: cream and taupe color …

HALT COUTURE: "THIS IS NOT A PHOTOGRAPH" AT INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Arts, Feb 05 2009

by Stephanie Pottinger

In these times, what most people might benefit from is not the industry's useless pandering to their tightened means, but a …

A JEZEBEL, AN ANGEL

Literary, Feb 05 2009

by Shawn Wen

Vivien Leigh was not chosen to play Scarlett O'Hara. She cast herself. The biggest names in Hollywood were brandishing revolvers."I am …

IN MEMORIAM: MICHAEL CRICHTON

Arts, Nov 13 2008

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

The summer I was thirteen, all I read were Michael Crichton novels. I started with Jurassic Park and its sequel The …

PARIS RISING: LOOSER REGULATIONS LET DEVELOPERS BUILD SKYSCRAPERS IN THE CITY CENTER; CONTROVERSY ENSUES

Arts, Nov 13 2008

by Hayoung Park

Paris has finally decided to get a facelift. In July, the Paris city council voted to lift regulations that restricted the …

PROVIDENCE TALKS: A CONVERSATION WITH YOU

Metro, Nov 13 2008

by Shawn Wen

We spend our lives in the company of strangers. Occasionally, one catches our eyes. Rarer still, we stammer out a "Hello, …

PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA

Features, Nov 06 2008

by Michael Gonda

"And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios …

BETWEEN ROCOCO AND A HARD PLACE: ARTIST KEHINDE WILEY AT THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

Arts, Oct 23 2008

by Stephanie Pottinger

For its inaugural Hip Hop Honors program in 2005, VH1 commissioned Nigerian-American painter Kehinde Wiley to render the likenesses of Ice-T …

PROVIDENCE TALKS: A CONVERSATION WITH SATTA JALLAH

Metro, Oct 09 2008

by Shawn Wen

Satta Jallah is a performance artist. She sings and writes music for the band Rooted Music. When she isn't entertaining, she's …

PROVIDENCE TALKS: A CONVERSATION WITH BRENDAN BRITTON

Metro, Oct 02 2008

by Shawn Wen

If you've been paying attention to the local music scene these past few years, there's no way you could've missed Triangle …

PROVIDENCE TALKS: A CONVERSATION WITH BOB SEAY

Metro, Sep 25 2008

by Shawn Wen

If you wake up to a radio alarm clock, there's a good chance that Bob Seay greets you in the morning. …

A PERFECTLY SWEET WIFE: ONE WOMAN'S ESCAPE FROM UTAH'S POLYGAMOUS KINGSTON CLAN

Features, Sep 18 2008

by Michael Gonda

I was a sophomore in high school when I first heard about polygamy and polygamous cults in America. A CNN article …

FOR THE RECORD

Arts, Sep 18 2008

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

THE LOW ANTHEMOh My God,Charlie DarwinIndependent releaseThere's an interesting vocal and stylistic progression apparent in the first three tracks on Oh …

PROVIDENCE TALKS: AN INTERVIEW WITH NICK BAUTA

Metro, Sep 18 2008

by Shawn Wen

Nick Bauta is an artist who has lived in Rhode Island for the past 14 years. He's witnessed a lot of …

KENYA'S POST-ELECTION STORM: A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT

Features, Apr 03 2008

by Michael Gonda

In the village in Western Province, Kenya where I lived and taught English for four months, everyone had a method for …

He Throught of Cars

The Casual Fan's Guide to Formula One Racing

Metabolics, Mar 20 2008

by Shawn Ban

The opening Grand Prix of the 2008 Formula One season took place in Melbourne on Sunday, with McLaren-Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leading …

Not (Un)dead Yet

commemorating the rise of Rhode Island's favorite vampire

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Victory Chao

"Dr. Metcalf cut open her chest and pulled out her heart. He sliced it open. Clotted and decomposed blood fell to …

Over Six Billion Served

is globalization putting an end to good food?

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Rohan Maddamsetti

Rich people don't eat Wonder Bread. They also avoid white eggs (brown are more natural) and tap water (tastier if from …

High-Profile Prostitution

the New York Times fumbles the Spitzer scandal

Opinions, Mar 20 2008

by Britt Harwood

Have you heard about Kristen? Or--sorry--maybe I should call her Ashley Alexandra Dupré? If you haven't, you must not have read …

In Blind Pursuit of the Invisible

what happened to the war on terror

Opinions, Mar 13 2008

by Rohan Maddamsetti

Nine days after the fall of the World Trade Center, President Bush declared war on global terrorism. It has been more …

This Just In: Bush Unpopular

News, Mar 13 2008

by Zachary Rausnitz

Two towns in southeast Vermont's Windham County, Brattleboro and its tiny neighbor Marlboro, voted last week to arrest President Bush and …

Seeing Past the Slogans

one undecided voter gives Obama a chance

News, Mar 06 2008

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

The line of people outside the Rhode Island College Recreation Center twisted through the campus like a queue at Disneyland, doubling …

The Ethics of Genetics

Opinions, Feb 28 2008

by Rohan Madamsetti

No one knows how to save Cameroon's rainforest. Since 2001, Joseph Matta, the Cameroonian Minister of Forestry, has been trying to …

A History of Violence

Bobby Knight's legacy

Metabolics, Feb 14 2008

by Dave Hanyok

After almost 42 years of coaching college basketball, Bobby Knight retired early last week from his position as the head coach …

Exquisite Corpse

In memory of Heath Ledger

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Hannah Sheldon-Dean

I told the friend who called me on the evening of Tuesday, January 22, to calm down, talk slower--who was dead? …