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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …


X, Nov 25 2019

by Seth Israel

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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,” …

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. …

On Being Human

Vignettes in healthcare mismanagement

Body, Oct 19 2018

by Christine Huynh

Case Study #1: Pills for Stomach Aches It is almost six o’clock when Ms. A finds her heels dragging themselves lifelessly …

From the Editors

FTE, Sep 27 2018

by IS

Nearly every night without fail, my grandmother’s words ring in my ears as I try to fall asleep, “You don’t sleep …

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 …

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 …

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 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.” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Princesses in a Magic Castle

The Florida Project's recasting of representation

Arts, Oct 27 2017

by Kelton Ellis

A quick survey of United States media discourse from the past two years makes it look like one crucial demographic holds …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Etymology for Catastrophe

Literary, Apr 14 2017

by Kelton Ellis

Amid early springtime’s hesitant snowmelt a planet rearranges into loving explosions, confessing no objective but to glower, then to fade. Sprained …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Curb Alert

Metro, Feb 17 2017

by Lisa Borst

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Small State, Big Gaps

Segregation in Rhode Island's Public Schools

Metro, Nov 04 2016

by Kelton Ellis

Historical events and legislative records might suggest that Rhode Island’s schools should have been equal and diverse a long time ago. …

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 …

Most Suitable Candidate

A complicated love letter to Hillary Clinton's pantsuits

Arts, Oct 21 2016

by Kelton Ellis

“Fashion! Turn to the left./Fashion! Turn to the right.” —David Bowie, “Fashion” (1980) Fashion matters. Though it’s tempting to think of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

To Those Weaving Miracles from Duct Tape, Spinning Gold from Broken Records, Conjuring Love

A Graduation Speech

Features, Sep 16 2016

by Cherise Morris

I wrote this in May, four days before my graduation from Brown University, and delivered it at the Africana Studies Department …

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 …

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 …


Faith (and Lack Thereof)

Occult, Apr 15 2016

by Kelton Ellis

I was the youngest evangelical you never knew. No, seriously! Bar those clerical prodigies you may have seen on television, spreading …

Country Kitchen, 1976

Boo Bradley's Mix

Features, Apr 08 2016

by Indy Playlist

Black Is the Color

Colorism in Nina Simone's Biopic

Arts, Apr 08 2016

by Kelton Ellis

Watch the trailer for the upcoming biopic Nina, out April 22, and you might think Zoe Saldana inhabits the role well. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Blacker the Album

On Kendrick Lamar, awards shows, and racial politics

News, Feb 05 2016

by Kelton Ellis

“Black man, taking no losses!” That was how Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, ever tenacious, aligned himself with would-be Maroon Kunta Kinte …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A New Leaf

Considering the Canadian Election

News, Oct 30 2015

by Kelton Ellis

On October 19, the centrist Liberal Party of Canada won the nation’s federal elections in a decisive victory that will make …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …


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” ( vs. Shaking …


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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

On Camera

Surveilling Protest

Metro, Jan 30 2015

by Cherise Morris

December 5, 2014 – “Heads up. It’s supposed to pour. So the protest may not last as long as you think.” …

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, …

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 …

Black Yankee: Past and Present in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 14 2014

by Cherise Morris

Every time I talked with a family member or neighbor about my impending matriculation at Brown that summer, now nearly three …

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. …

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 …

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?’” …

Dope Beats

Groovy advocacy and marijuana regulation at the cannabis caucus

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Cherise Morris

“Oh you mean the thing with the moon bounce?” said every friend I tried to convince to come with me to …

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 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 …

Gaybors on Fire

Queer sights, sounds, and spaces in the Creative Capital

Metro, Sep 19 2014

by Cherise Morris

On the morning of August 1, 2013, dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” across the state of Rhode Island. Since …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

X # 10

X, Dec 06 2013

by Lizzie Davis

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Air Bud

Ephemera, May 03 2013

by Lizzie Davis

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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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Spring Break

Arts & Culture, Apr 12 2013

by Lizzie Davis, David Adler & Benson Tucker

[start zoom] [end zoom] …


Ephemera, Mar 22 2013

by Lizzie Davis

[start hero] [end hero] …


Ephemera, Mar 15 2013

by Sarah Harrison

[start hero][end hero] …

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 …

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 …


Ephemera, Mar 01 2013

by Lizzie Davis

[start hero] [end hero] …

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 …

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 …

The Worst Kind of Punch Line

Metabolics, Feb 08 2013

by Greg Nissan & Joe de Jonge

[start hero] [end hero] …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

Deep Breath

Literary, Nov 02 2012

by Lucy Kissel

I - V I. He would start walking around a little bit in the fall. Thinking, Why am I holding these …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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. …

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). …


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 …

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 …

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, …

Syria’s Central Concerns

Revolution and its contingencies

Opinions, Feb 19 2012

by Tyler Bourgoise

The last two weeks have been among the most violent in the Syrian Arab Republic’s 50-year history. The international community has …

Alberto Contador Faces Penalties for Doping

INDY BLOG, Feb 12 2012

by Chris Cohen

Last December, the Indy ran a piece on the Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, and the history of doping in professional cycling. …

A Pint Sized Perspective

Arts & Culture, Dec 08 2011

by Chris Cohen & Stephen Carmody

As someone who is reaching adulthood, it is easy to lose sight of the lives of those younger than yourself. To …

Eleven Things You May or May Not Know About NBA Legend (#11) Isiah Thomas

Metabolics, Dec 08 2011

by Chris Cohen

1 In 1996, Isiah Thomas was voted by a committee of players, journalists, and executives as one of the 50 Best …

Week in Review: 2 December 2011

News, Dec 08 2011

by Christina McCausland & Kate Welsh

I'm At the Pizza Hut CIA spy networks in both Iran and Lebanon have recently been compromised despite their employment of …

Tainted Meat

The Ambiguities of Doping in Professional Cycling

Metabolics, Nov 28 2011

by Chris Cohen

On July 21 2010, drug testers at the Tour de France found trace amounts of the banned weight-loss drug Clenbuterol in …

College Hill Christians

Opinions, Nov 03 2011

by by Christopher Unseth

Many Christians on College Hill identify with the struggle to align a conservative Christian upbringing with the academic atmosphere of the …

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 …

Blue Plate Special

featured, Oct 27 2011

by by Chris Cohen

The Ocean State defends its local food traditions with a fervor inversley proportional to its size: Rhode Island diners take pride …

WEEK IN REVIEW 06 October 2011

Week in Review, Oct 27 2011

by by Ashton Strait, Madilynn Castillo & Christina McCausland

Utahns Strip Down to Break StereotypesIf you were to associate underwear with Utah in any way, it would probably be 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, …

We’re Not Blocking Traffic: We Are Traffic

Metro, Oct 11 2011

by by Julian Francis Park, Caroline Soussloff & Sam Adler-Bell

Reclaiming the Road for CyclistsCritical Mass—part social gathering, part collective action—is difficult to define, even amongst participants. There is no formal …


Literary, Sep 19 2011

by Scout Willis

The therapy should have started from the moment the cell splits. Shit only gets more riotous, people and parents more desirous, …

Sustainable on the Half Shell

Re-Evaluating the Oyster

Metabolics, Sep 17 2011

by Chris Cohen

Stereotypically, raw oysters are a high roller’s food. A tray of raw oysters on the half shell, carefully laid on a …

Yo La Tengo at the Met Café

blog, Sep 12 2011

by Greg Nissan

If it weren't for the crowd's shouts and applause it would seem as if the guitar technicians had just taken the …

Ten Years On: Bush's First Pitch

blog, Sep 11 2011

by Chris Cohen

I feel pretty comfortable saying that the Texas-drawling, cowboy-swaggering, George W. Bush approach to more or less everything has been shown …

Labor Day at McCoy Stadium

blog, Sep 07 2011

by Chris Cohen

For the big time teams of the Major Leagues, September baseball means the end of the dog days of summer, when …

Week in Review

News, Mar 18 2011

by David Adler, Sam Levison & Anna Matejcek

In Putin’s Russia, Alcohol Drinks You! Russia’s parliament is currently grappling with a question that could force us all to re-examine …

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 …

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 …

Take Ivy

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Chris Cohen

In November of 2008, a reprint of a slim, obscure Japanese photo book incomprehensibly titled Take Ivy sold on eBay for …


Arts, Apr 08 2010

by Marisa Calleja

By the time I was old enough to read, the American Girl Company had found its way into schools and homes …


Metro, Apr 08 2010

by Chris Suh

Early in the morning of November 4, 2009, all Brown University employees on the staff listserv received an email from Beppie …

Cross-country Grandma

News, Mar 18 2010

by Marisa Calleja

The land of strip-malls and stoplight highways lost a state gem this week when New Hampshire native, campaign finance reformer and …

Speed-Date Your Candidate

Metro, Feb 18 2010

by Marisa Calleja

Democratic Candidates The Front Runner: Frank Caprio, General TreasurerThe son of a judge with a court show on the local ABC …

Minor Celebrity

Arts, Dec 03 2009

by Marisa Calleja

Last week, Michele and Tareq Salahi left their Virginia home dressed to the nines and successfully evaded security to attend an …


Features, Nov 12 2009

by Isabel Parkes

iput on the wrongest shoes on earth that night: a pair ofValentino, suede shoes. I sank into the mud in front …

When East met West

Arts, Nov 12 2009

by Isabel Parkes

I put on the wrongest shoes on earth that night: a pair of Valentino, suede shoes. I sank into the mud …


Arts, Oct 29 2009

by Marisa Calleja

Since it was published in 1984, John Updike’s Witches of Eastwick—an outlandish fantasy/satire about provincial life in a fictional Rhode Island …


arts & culture, Oct 05 2009

by Marisa Calleja

A scary America Roman Polanski's apprehension on Saturday at the Zürich airport hasFrench cultural and politicalspheres in a considerable uproar. As …

PPD Blue

rides on Providence's South Side

Literary, Sep 28 2009

by Lily Garrison

Editor’s Note: Last year, over a period of two weeks, Lily Garrison rodealong with the District Two Police squad in the …

Not Just Jazz Hands

Cabaret at the Trinity Rep

Arts & Culture, Sep 28 2009

by Marisa Calleja

When I told people I was seeing Cabaret on Saturday, there were a few snickers and a few raised eyebrows. One …

RISD, Without Hope

the mysterious resignation of a museum director

arts & culture, Sep 18 2009

by Marisa Calleja

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum reopened after summerholiday this month with a new director. The previous director, HopeAlswang, announced …

I Had the Time of my Life

arts & culture, Sep 17 2009

by Marisa Calleja

Patrick Swayze, grinder of hips and heartthrob extraordinaire, died Monday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze was born in …

Scenes from the Supreme Court

does the 4th amendment allow a teenage strip-search?

News, Apr 30 2009

by Chris Duffy

The two female administrators told 13-year-old Savannah Redding to strip down to her underwear. They asked her to pull her bra …


topstory1, Apr 30 2009

by Chris Duffy

This week the Independent sat down with two of Providence's Bravest, Jamie Madeiros and Jason Houle. The firefighters talked about job …


News, Apr 23 2009

by Chris Duffy

ROAD RAGERA Pawtucket man allegedly assaulted a Providence deputy police chief on Monday night. The Providence Journal reports that the incident …

Housing and Homelessness

Metro, Apr 16 2009

by Adrienne Langlois

The corner of Chestnut and Pine in Downcity Providence is always busy with Johnson and Wales students changing classes and businessmen …


Literary, Apr 16 2009

by Martin Feiss


News, Apr 09 2009

by Chris Duffy

There's a fork in the road to one of the most beautiful beaches in West Africa. To the left, the sign …


Metro, Apr 09 2009

by Isabel Parkes

In swapping the current "Renaissance City" image of Providence for that of a "Creative Capital," Mayor Cicilline is doing more than …


Metro, Mar 19 2009

by Chris Cohen

Chris Bull and Brian Chapman turn steel tubes into bicycles at their Providence shop, Circle A Cycles. This week, they sat …


News, Mar 12 2009

by Chris Duffy

A remote-detonated bomb killed General Batista Tagme Na Waie. Twelve hours later, men fired rocket-propelled grenades at the home of President …


News, Feb 26 2009

by Adrienne Langlois

Providence's hip-hop and R&B radio station HOT 106 doesn't reserve much time for current events programming so a public service announcement …


News, Feb 12 2009

by Chris Duffy

YOUR HOUSE IS FOR SALEWith the Rhode Island economy this bad, you can pretty much mail letters out at random telling …


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 …


News, Feb 05 2009

by Chris Duffy

THE PRESIDENT'S STIMULUS? Even with the global financial crisis cooling economies and constricting spending, some merchandise still flies off the shelves: …


News, Nov 13 2008

by Chris Duffy

GET YOUR FAKE AT THE DMVThere are a lot of reasons someone might get a fake I.D. Maybe it's an 18 …


News, Nov 13 2008

by Marisa Calleja

$2.5 MILLION FOR OPEN SPACE BONDSDespite an ailing state economy, Rhode Island voters followed an electoral tradition of supporting land conservation …


Opinions, Nov 06 2008

by Chris Duffy

I remember when the bomb went off, not knowing whether my dad was one of the bodies they pulled from the …


News, Oct 30 2008

by Chris Duffy

DO YOUNG PEOPLE VOTE?With less than a week until Election Day, media speculation over polling data has reached a fever pitch. …


News, Oct 23 2008

by Chris Duffy

DIPLOMATIC TIES"When I visited Bondsteel Army Base in Kosovo, I learned quickly that this was no place to wear my Manolo …


Arts, Oct 23 2008

by Marisa Calleja

When Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist came out two weeks ago, it seemed like it would be the flagship film for …


Opinions, Oct 23 2008

by Adrienne Langlois

As temperatures drop and Wall Street's many mergers pile up like so many cars in line for not enough gas, so …


News, Oct 09 2008

by Chris Duffy

Throughout history, families in New Jersey have headed down the shore. Soon, this will also mean heading down the wind farm. …


Arts, Oct 02 2008

by Adrienne Langlois

You may know him better for his salad dressing than his filmography. But for all intents and purposes, Paul Newman was …


News, Oct 02 2008

by Chris Duffy

CHRIS ROCK ON ELECTION 2008Chris Rock's never been one to pull a punch when it comes to talking about politics, and …


Features, Sep 25 2008

by Marisa Calleja

There was a time when MTV was about sex and rebellion, when the hottest accessories worn to the Video Music Awards …


News, Sep 25 2008

by Chris Duffy

THAT'S ME, BARACK OBAMAThe first votes for Barack Obama won't come from California, New York, or even Illinois--they'll come from Brazil. …


News, Sep 18 2008

by Chris Duffy

When you don't have a full stomach, it's hard to work," security guard Mamady Diane, 33, told the Independent. Like many …

Excerpts From Dog Heroes

a treatise on the future of Latin America as seen through an immobile man and his thirty Belgian Malinois shepherds

Literary, Mar 20 2008

by Mario Bellatin Translated from Spanish by David Noriega

Close to the city airport there lives a man who, apart from being an immobile man--that is to say, a man …

Of Cannibalism

Literary, Mar 13 2008

by David Notis

I find that there is nothing barbarous and savage about this nation of cannibals. Every one gives the title of barbarism …

If I Had A Rocket Launcher

war games for Cambodia's tourists

Arts & Culture, Feb 28 2008

by Christopher Hudgens

The commando waited until we had driven several miles beyond Thunder Ranch before he turned to me from the front seat …

The Arkansas Preacher

Just who is Mike Huckabee?

Arts & Culture, Feb 14 2008

by Adrienne Langlois

January 3, 2008 ushered in the beginning of the lengthiest primary season in US history with the Iowa caucuses and more …

The Vagina Dialogue

Take off that underwear

Opinions, Mar 17 2005

by Christi Laquer & Scott Kolp

Eve Ensler says she is worried about the vagina. So are we. To paraphrase Eve Ensler's introduction to her acclaimed theatrical …