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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 …

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, …

When We Are Apart We Are Not Alone

A conversation with Fred Moten and Stefano Harney

Features, May 01 2020

by Zach Ngin, Sara Van Horn & Alex Westfall

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

Farm to Quarantine

News, Apr 17 2020

by Gemma Sack

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

Week in Wiping vs Washing

News, Apr 10 2020

by Gemma Sack

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

White Terror

Notes on Race and the Politics of Fear in America

Features, Apr 09 2020

by Osayuwamen “Uwa” Ede-Osifo

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

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 …

Criminalizing Peaceful Protest

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

News, Mar 23 2020

by Sara Van Horn

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

Muddy Matiello

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

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Osayuwamen "Uwa" Ede-Osifo

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

A Love Letter to Spontaneity

Features, Mar 07 2020

by Nell Salzman

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

Building Movements, Building Power

An interview with political activist Linda Sarsour

News, Feb 15 2020

by Zach Ngin & Sara Van Horn

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

From the Editors

FTE, Feb 14 2020

by SAM

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

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 …

Taking 287g Agreements to Court

An interview with activist Sherrie Andre

Metro, Jan 04 2020

by Sara Van Horn

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

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 …

Week in Comfort Food

News, Dec 06 2019

by Gemma Sack & Alan Dean

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

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 …

Reality Check

Psychedelics, mysticism, and the American scientific establishment

Science & Technology, Nov 15 2019

by Gemma Sack

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

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 …

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 …

We're Not Gonna Take It

Contesting the state takeover of the Providence Public School District

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Alina Kulman & Sara Van Horn

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

Week in Invasion of Privacy

News, Sep 13 2019

by Gemma Sack & Roxanne Barnes

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

Queering Bollywood

LGBTQ representation goes mainstream

Arts, Apr 12 2019

by Saanya Jain

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

Week in the Sky

News, Apr 12 2019

by Sara Van Horn, Roxanne Barnes & Kevin Dong

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

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 …

Week in Dismemberment

News, Apr 04 2019

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Signe Swanson

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

Rendering Deep Time

Science & Technology, Apr 04 2019

by Gemma Sack

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

Cleaning Up the Workplace

Fuerza Laboral pioneers the first worker cooperative in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Sara Van Horn

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

Week in Archaic Institutions

News, Mar 22 2019

by Giacomo Sartorelli, Raina Wellman & Kevin Dong

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

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 …

Week in Jam

News, Mar 01 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Gemma Sack

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

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 …

Civic Disobedience

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

Metro, Feb 14 2019

by Sara Van Horn & Wen Zhuang

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

"Solving" Translation

Women's labor on the page

Arts, Feb 08 2019

by Saanya Jain

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

Quilting the Statehouse

The Womxn Project organizes for the Reproductive Health Care Act

Metro, Feb 01 2019

by Sara Van Horn

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

Week in Digital Drama

News, Feb 01 2019

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

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

Genetically Pleasing

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

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2019

by Gemma Sack

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

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 …

Week in Compassionate Capitalism

News, Dec 07 2018

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Caroline Ribet

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

Week in Sad Food

Metro, Nov 30 2018

by Gemma Sack & Jesse Barber

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

No Vacancy

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

Metro, Nov 16 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

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

Through the Wire

Competing visions for a carbon-free electricity grid

Climate, Nov 16 2018

by Harry August & Sara Van Horn

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

WHY AM I LONELY FOR LONESOME LOVE?

Emotion and spectacle in Mitski’s Be the Cowboy

Arts, Nov 09 2018

by Iman Husain

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

From the Editors

FTE, Oct 26 2018

by SA

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

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 …

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 Urban Landscape Re-imagined in Wood

A humble building material soars to new heights

Science & Technology, Sep 24 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

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

Week in Shiny Objects

News, Sep 24 2018

by Roxanne Barnes, Sara Van Horn & Liby Hays

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

Week in Failed Businesses

News, Sep 15 2018

by Ben Bienstock & Sara Van Horn

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

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 …

A Threatening Isolation

An evolution of attitudes toward bacteria in research and medicine

Science & Technology, Mar 23 2018

by Sam Fredericks

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

To the Benefit of Few

The histories of the Providence Preservation Society

Metro, Mar 23 2018

by Kerrick Edwards & Ilan Desai-Geller

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

Banking on Change

Ending pipeline financing through public pressure

Metro, Mar 15 2018

by Sara Van Horn

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

Week in Strange Competition

News, Mar 09 2018

by Sara Van Horn, Sydney Anderson & Eve Zelickson

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

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 …

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 …

From Molding to Demolding

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

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by William Samosir

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

Week in Post-Apocalypse

News, Dec 01 2017

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

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

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 …

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 …

The Lights Coming Down

An oral history of Aurora

Features, Oct 27 2017

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

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

Week in Purgatory

News, Oct 27 2017

by Paige Parsons, Isabelle Rea & Nora Gosselin

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

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 …

Defending DACA

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Marianna McMurdock, Katrina Northrop & Saanya Jain

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

The 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 …

Unusual Suspects

New characters in skincare

Science & Technology, Apr 14 2017

by Fatima Husain

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

At The Presiding Moment

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

News, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Jonah Max & Will Tavlin

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

Week in Intractability

News, Apr 14 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Patrick Orenstein & Sam Samore

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

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 …

Week in High School

News, Apr 07 2017

by Sam Samore, Josh Kurtz & Brionne Frazier

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

A Survey on Breaking Bonds

Causeries on science and environment

Science & Technology, Mar 24 2017

by Fatima Husain

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

White Wall

A call to action

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Vuthy Lay, Makoto Kumasaka & Cameron Kucera

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

Week in Clothing Betrayal

News, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss, Sam Samore & Brad Breymoore

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

Week in WTF is Happening in the UK?

News, Mar 10 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Lance Gloss & Will Weatherly

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

Quarters

(Excerpt from “On Currency”)

Literary, Mar 03 2017

by Stella Akua Mensah

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

All Fun and Games

Embodiment, empathy, and combat in e-sports

Science & Technology, Mar 03 2017

by William Samosir

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

Week in Animal Disasters

News, Mar 03 2017

by Signe Swanson, Jack Brook & Sam Samore

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

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 …

Week in Superlikes

News, Feb 10 2017

by Sam Samore & Will Weatherly

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

Skeletons in the Water

The health of Earth's oceans

Science & Technology, Feb 03 2017

by Fatima Husain

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

Finding Refuge

A new model delivers healthcare and perhaps more

Metro, Feb 03 2017

by Saanya Jain

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

Marching Toward Inclusivity

Can we have a Women’s March for everyone?

Features, Feb 03 2017

by Roksana Borzouei & Julia Tompkins

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

A Nation, Divided

On executing Trump's unconstitutional immigration ban

News, Feb 03 2017

by Roksana Borzouei

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

Week in Interpretive Resistance

News, Feb 03 2017

by Sam Samore, Pia Mileaf-Patel & Jamie Packs

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

Know Your Earth

The Necessity of Earth Science Literacy: Two Perspectives

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2016

by Fatima Husain & Christopher Monschauer

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

A Springsteen Fan's Daughter

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Saanya Jain

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

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 …

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 …

Week In Alt-Right

News, Oct 28 2016

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

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

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 …

Zona Privada

Private Police Violence in Perú’s Northern Highlands

News, Oct 07 2016

by Sammie Chomsky

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

Changing Our Skies

Atmospheric geoengineering and the future

Science & Technology, Sep 30 2016

by Fatima Husain

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

Found in Translation

Jhumpa Lahiri in Italian

Arts, Sep 30 2016

by Saanya Jain

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

Autobiography of Writing

Literary, Sep 23 2016

by Lisa Lee

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

Food Desk

Notes on Providence Eateries

Metabolics, Sep 23 2016

by Patrick McMenamin, Sam Samore & Will Tavlin

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

Combustion Cycle

Features, Sep 23 2016

by Sarah Cooke

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

Thoughts on the Two

Features, Apr 29 2016

by Sam Samore

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

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 …

Bully

Ephemera, Apr 15 2016

by Sarula Bao

Clear Site

Urban Renewal in Cathedral Square

Metro, Apr 08 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

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

The Tutor Wears Prada

Education as Commodity in Hong Kong

Occult, Mar 18 2016

by Natalie Tsang

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

Week in Modern Warfare

News, Mar 18 2016

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

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

The Lab

A Story of Compression

Science & Technology, Mar 11 2016

by Fatima Husain

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

A Concrete Tent

Architecture and Occupation in Palestine

Features, Mar 11 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

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

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 …

Something's in the Water

Lead Poisoning in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 12 2016

by Rick Salamé

Several men huddled around a fire hydrant late on a recent winter night. They were workers with Providence Water, a state-regulated …

Fly Pirates

The Global Politics of M.I.A, Soccer, and Jerseys

Metabolics, Feb 05 2016

by Sam Samore

Those who are familiar with the singer/musician M.I.A., born Mathangi Arulpragasam, know that she presents a certain air of unfuckable-with-ness. This …

Ascent

Watching Scientific Interests Grow Over Time

Science & Technology, Feb 05 2016

by Fatima Husain

Yellow petals surprise the curious amidst the sea of Kentucky Blue. My family doesn’t quite understand why I stare out of …

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 …

With Arms Half Open

The United States Responds to the Refugee Crisis

Features, Dec 04 2015

by Wilson Cusack

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 brought new urgency to the discussion of how the United States should respond …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Past and Present

Justice in Guatemala

News, Oct 23 2015

by Wilson Cusack

It began on April 16, when the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala announced the uncovering of a corruption scheme …

Fred

Literary, Oct 23 2015

by Sarah Dillard

The following is a story, and this story is fictional. It is about a man named Fred. Fred’s black hair sat …

Week in 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, …

The Philosopher's Wife

Literary, Sep 25 2015

by Sabrina Imbler

The American psychologist Harry Harlow designed an apparatus called the Pit of Despair, a steely, isolated trough designed to produce, in …

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 …

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 …

A review of Dope

Features, May 01 2015

by Sara Winnick & Casey Friedman

The frame freezes: a grey Gameboy rotates as it falls, darkred blood splattered across the square screen. Early on inthe newly …

ONE MORE SUCK AT YOUR LIFE

The Lyrical Mutations of Can and Sun Ra

Arts, May 01 2015

by Greg Nissan

She can have she, like her birthday, sooth To sing swan song - Damo Suzuki, “Sing Swan Song” (songmeanings.com) vs. Shaking …

BUSES INTO LAND SHARKS

Alternative Theater in Providence

Metro, May 01 2015

by Sophie Kasakove & Lisa Borst

This is Rapid Transit They changed it last week, the 11 Broad St And the 99 in Pawtucket The opposite of …

THE DEPARTMENT

Funding Athletics at Brown

Metabolics, May 01 2015

by William Underwood & Sam Bresnick

On March 7, the Brown men’s basketball team concluded its 2014–15 season with a road loss to Harvard, the eventual Ivy …

Included/Excluded

Special Education in Providence and Beyond

Features, May 01 2015

by Sara Winnick

On Tuesday, April 14, the cafeteria monitors at The Grace School are Dylan and Jada. Anthony handles the library. The teacher …

From the Editors V.30 N.10

News, May 01 2015

by Rick Salamé, Stef Hayes & Zeve Sanderson

The Indy is about to go on summer hiatus and when it returns to newsstands in September we will no longer …

Week in Farewells

News, May 01 2015

by Kyle Giddon & Alex Sammon

Jack Bruce is dead. Kurt Cobain is dead. Cream and Nirvana are gone while SUM41 is going strong. There is no …

Magic, Magyck, Magick

Occult, Apr 17 2015

by Anne Fosburg, Mika Kligler & Sam Samore

“Bring a small, empty tin-can and a pencil to beat it with,” read the flyer. “It will make an ominous and …

Week in 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 …

Gridwork

Arts, Apr 17 2015

by Sarah Cheung

VOICES ON THE GROUND

A Conversation with Amy Goodman

Interviews, Apr 10 2015

by Sam Samore

Amy Goodman is perhaps better at asking questions than anyone else in the media. Goodman is founder and primary host of …

EARTH LINKS

Technology, Agriculture, and the Computational Metaphor

Science & Technology, Apr 10 2015

by Lisa Borst

We conceive of the Internet mostly through metaphors. Early imaginings of a globally distributed network of information likened the nascent web’s …

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 …

From the Editors V.30 N.8

News, Apr 10 2015

by Sara Winnick

One May I spent three weeks sitting in an armchair in my family room. I looked through a wall of slide-open …

Up In The Air

Metabolics, Apr 03 2015

by Zeve Sanderson

The court is its typical 94 feet long by 50 feet wide; the hoop stands ten feet tall; five from each …

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 …

Save the Children?

The Childhood Education Debate That’s Really About Adults

Features, Mar 13 2015

by Sara Winnick

According to Leanne Barrett, senior analyst at the policy and advocacy center Kids Count Rhode Island, five state departments currently oversee …

RACISM MAKES US SICK

The Medical Repercussions of Segregation

Features, Mar 09 2015

by Jennifer Tsai

In medical school, class is scheduled for approximately 30 hours a week. This includes lectures on basic life sciences, histology, anatomy, …

Paranoia at the Picture Show

Conspiracy and Crisis in Inherent Vice

Arts, Feb 27 2015

by Sam Samore

At the center of Inherent Vice, the latest feature film from Paul Thomas Anderson, lies the impenetrable Golden Fang. At turns …

To Be Ourselves

Science & Technology, Feb 27 2015

by Wilson Cusack

“I founded 4chan eleven and a half years ago at the age of 15, and after more than a decade and …

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 …

New Windows

A Conversation with Rebecca Traister

Interviews, Feb 27 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

Every time Rebecca Traister sees someone wearing a “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” T-shirt, she feels a rush of …

From the Editors V.30 N.4

News, Feb 27 2015

by Rick Salamé

The PawSox’s new ownership group wants to relocate the team to Providence and—my regrets to Pawtucket—a baseball stadium would be good …

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 …

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 …

Goodell's Six Flags Misadventure

Metabolics, Feb 06 2015

by Sam Bresnick

Believe it or not, Deflategate—or whatever contrived name you want to attach to public outrage at under-inflation of footballs by the …

The New Obvious Choice

Science & Technology, Feb 06 2015

by WIlson Cusack

Every June, 1500 interns arrive in Mountain View, California to begin their highly coveted summer internships at Google. They represent approximately …

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 …

Class and the American Montessori Movement

Features, Jan 30 2015

by Sara Winnick

Providence, 2014 The foyer features a grand staircase and crown moldings. The mansion-turned pre-school’s hallway is lined with offices that used …

The Revolution Will Not Be In English

Interpreting in Social Justice Spaces

Metro, Jan 30 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

Roberto Tijerina was eight years old when he was first asked by his aunts and uncles to accompany them to doctors’ …

Week in 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, …

Moneyball

Metabolics, Dec 05 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

We want you. Yeah, you, the one in the jersey. I couldn’t figure out why, but every fall, as financial institutions …

Take It From The Top

The Turbulent Evolution of Mama Coco's

Arts, Nov 21 2014

by Greg Nissan

It’s easy to wrap oneself up in the cushy utopian promise of music on the Internet: almost anyone can release an …

Sketching the Outlines

Thoughts on The David Foster Wallace Reader

Arts, Nov 21 2014

by Lisa Borst

Last week, Little, Brown, & Company released The David Foster Wallace Reader, a sort of Greatest Hits collection of some of …

Set, Jump, Release

Reflecting on a basketball career

Metabolics, Nov 21 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

When I was young, I played basketball in the winter, soccer in the fall, baseball in the spring, flag football in …

Independence

Chapel Haven’s program for adults with disabilities

Arts, Nov 14 2014

by Sara Winnick

To pick up my brother, I drive 10 minutes on the highway from my parent’s house, take a right at the …

Scatterbrained Sex-Ed

Examining Rhode Island’s patchwork sexual education policies

Metro, Oct 31 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

In December 2007, the Rhode Island branch of the Heritage Foundation, an abstinence-only-until-marriage education provider, shut its doors. For over two …

The Second Coming

On King James's return and Cleveland's salvation

Metabolics, Oct 31 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

We look up to the heavens: birds chirp, sunlight wrestles through the cloudy sky. As a soft piano ballad fades in, …

Pink Sky

Literary, Oct 31 2014

by Sara Winnick

She is dressed as toilet paper. He wears Groucho Marx glasses. They meet at a Halloween party. At the wedding his …

A Lack of Care

Why medical students should focus on Ferguson

News, Oct 31 2014

by Jennifer Tsai

You can’t ask your co-worker for narcotics the same way you can ask for extra Advil stashed in their purse or …

What We Mean When We Call People "Smart"

A (personal) history of intelligence

Features, Oct 17 2014

by Sara Winnick

1509, Europe Etymologists trace the first known use of intelligens, past participle of intelligere, back to sixteenth century France. The noun …

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 …

Conversations Not Had

Considering the media coverage of Ray Rice

Metabolics, Oct 03 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

On February 15, Ray Rice was arrested for domestic violence involving his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer. On May 21, prosecutors dropped …

Miniature Food Bloom

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Sam Bresnick

The backlash has been brewing for years. Disappearing are the 16 oz. porterhouses bathed in gravy served with a mound of …

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 …

Like a Whisper

Rhode Island's quiet depopulation

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Sophie Kasakove & Rick Salamé

In late July I saw James Diossa, the 20-something mayor of Central Falls, shaking hands with supporters of state representative candidate …

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?’” …

Week in Humanity

News, Sep 26 2014

by Zeve Sanderson & Eli Pitegoff

TITANS OF INDUSTRY You know the image: Leonardo DiCaprio standing at the bow of the ill-fated Titanic, arms spread wide-open, yelling …

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 …

Week in Songbirds

News, Sep 19 2014

by Lisa Borst, Sam Bresnick, Kyle Giddon & Tristan Rodman

KILLING IN THE NAME OF To a culture accustomed to choosing its favorite restaurants by their Yelp reviews—crowd-sourced, grade-inflated, irredeemably unsophisticated …

Homeward Bound

Metro, Sep 19 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Over the past three years, lifelong Providence resident Roline Burgison stood by and watched as her friends, family, and neighbors left …

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, …

Pigskin Pigs

Race, Money, and the NCAA

Metabolics, Sep 12 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

The NCAA, a non-profit institution with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, is governed by a Board of Directors—eighteen college administrators and NCAA …

Primary Analysis

Metro, Sep 12 2014

by Rick Salamé

Editor's Note: The arrows for Governor Statewide and Governor Within Providence are accidentally switched. The Indy regrets the error. …

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 …

Video Games

technology and the future of basketball

Metabolics, May 02 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Up, up, and away Nestled high up in the rafters of every NBA stadium, six cameras are slowly transforming basketball. In …

Mutiny in Providence

Providence’s revolutionary socialists strike a separate path

News, May 02 2014

by Abigail Savitch-Lew

It’s hard to foment revolution when you’re getting overthrown by your own comrades. Over the past few months, Providence’s revolutionary socialists …

This Last Week

News, May 02 2014

by David Adler & Sam Rosen

CLIPPED It’s the 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls this week, and people are making a big deal about it. There are …

Walking in the Ocean

Literary, Apr 25 2014

by Abigail Savitch-Lew

Their last morning in the old man’s house, Alice woke and found George out of bed. She rose to her elbows …

Week in Horticulture

News, Apr 25 2014

by Alex Sammon, Maya Sorabjee & Emma Wohl

Have you had your head in the ground all week? Or, um, up in the clouds? Indy News is here to …

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 …

Start Up Your Week

News, Apr 11 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Connor McGuigan & Alex Sammon

Late April means one thing: startup season. As DisruptNY, the East Coast’s most prestigious startup showcase, approaches, the excitement is palpable. …

Running the Numbers

predicting suicide bombings

News, Apr 04 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Zeeshan-ul Hassan Usmani communicates best in numbers. The 35-year-old Pakistani is the founder and CEO of GoFig Solutions, an IT firm …

A Labor Movement for All

union battles of disenfranchised workers in RI

Metro, Apr 04 2014

by Abigail Savitch-Lew

Adrienne Jones, a bartender at the Providence Hilton, says she was regularly required to work 15-hour days without breaks. She tried …

The Week in Suspension

News, Apr 04 2014

by Kyle Giddon & Alex Sammon

PULLING THE TRIGGER There was a time, not long ago, when Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the governor of California. A state …

Student Union

labor organization in the NCAA

Metabolics, Apr 04 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Student-athlete. The ordering stresses the primacy of scholastics over sports, and the hyphen suggests they are two parts of an inseparable …

Buy Me Some Peanuts

the new frontier of cracker jacks

Metabolics, Mar 14 2014

by Nicholas Catoni, Kyle Giddon, Lili Rosenkranz & Zeve Sanderson

Sitting and cheering for three hours is hard work. But stadium food isn’t just about sustenance—it’s about the identity of the …

To Strand

Arts, Mar 14 2014

by Sarah Cheung

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 …

Etched in Stone

Sports, Statistics, and Making Mount Rushmore

Metabolics, Mar 07 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

It looked like a casual conversation between friends as Steven Smith interviewed LeBron James in James’s Miami home. “Who’s your Mount …

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 Week of Confusion

News, Feb 28 2014

by Vera Carothers, Sebastian Clark & Alex Sammon

Asking “what’s happening?” is often a mindless exercise in small talk. It doesn’t demand an answer. But this time, when you …

All Too Common

Drug overdose in RI

Metro, Feb 28 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

When Jim Gillen arrived for work at the Providence Center on February 4, he found a crowd of his clients dressed …

Fool's Gold

corruption and human rights at Sochi

News, Feb 14 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Sochi is where Russians go in the winter to escape the winter. The resort town, whose streets are lined with palm …

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 …

D.I.Y. NECCO

Crafting with corn syrup

Metabolics, Feb 14 2014

by Sara Winnick

February 14 is the only day of the year well-suited for red construction paper, public displays of affection, temporary cupid tattoos, …

Week in Passion

News, Feb 14 2014

by David Adler & Alex Sammon

CYBERSEXY Some grievances of digifuckers: laptop heat on bare stomach skin, distorted speaker vocals, implied volume constraints, and frozen pixels. Always …

How to Win a Super Bowl

Pete Carroll’s philosophy of coaching

Metabolics, Feb 07 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

During the summer of 2000, Pete Carroll, now the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, had his coaching …

Digital Boom

the coming Internet land grab

News, Feb 07 2014

by Alex Sammon

America has forged many frontiers. British colonists initially considered their fledgling communities in New England to be nestled in frontier land. …

City and State

A Conversation with Ted Nesi

Interviews, Feb 07 2014

by Rick Salamé

The following is an extended version of an interview that appeared in print on February 7, 2014. It has been edited …

Week in Stockpiles

News, Feb 07 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Sam Rosen & Emma Wohl

Stuff your cheeks and fill up your pockets. More is always better, right? A BONE TO PICK “I kind of regret …

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, …

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 …

Week in Delivery

News, Jan 31 2014

by Alex Sammon & Emma Wohl

This holiday season was tough. Surely, no one at UPS wished for the harsh snowstorms that prevented the timely arrival of …

The Recruit

Metabolics, Jan 31 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Baton Rouge, LA. May, 2013. Dylan Moses is 6’1”, weighs nearly 215 pounds, runs a 4.46 second 40-yard dash, and has …

We Are All In This Together

Dissecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership

News, Jan 31 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Alex Sammon & Emma Wohl

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim nations (Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, the US, …

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, …

For Play

Features, Dec 06 2013

by Alex Sammon

A scene from 1973’s The Mack: Pretty Tony and Goldie are embroiled in a high-stakes game of dice. China Doll emerges. …

The Week to Survive

News, Dec 06 2013

by Grace Dunham, Robert Sandler & Emma Wohl

WHAT IS CYBER MONDAY? TELL ME MomBigShopper12 12.1.13: Who else likes to order DVDs, electronic accessories, and brand-name sneakers on Cyber …

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 …

A Very Kanye Thanksgiving

Literary, Nov 25 2013

by Josh Schenkkan & Sam Rosen

Kourtney Kardashian was alternating between chugging from an imaginary bottle and flapping her wings frantically as her teammates shouted wrong answers. …

Punk Politics

The Music, The Message

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

“I DON'T WRITE SONGS ABOUT BEACHES OR LOVE,” says local musician and activist Joey DeFrancesco, “Those things just aren’t a part …

The Week To Be Determined

News, Nov 19 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Alex Sammon

FRUIT FUTURES IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT THE BlackBerry and the iPad stand at opposite ends of the Tech-Cool sliding scale. The …

The Mindreaders

Providence from the Mind's Eye

Metro, Nov 04 2013

by Sam Lin Sommer

MOTHER MYSTIC’S APOTHECARY SHOP SOMEWHERE, NESTLED AMONG PUBS and pizzerias, the wise Susan Asselin was waiting for me. I had scheduled …

Nothing Was the Same

on Drake and the white boy imaginary

Features, Nov 04 2013

by Sam Rosen

IN THE SUMMER OF 2003 I WAS unanimously considered the best rapper at Camp Walt Whitman in Piermont, New Hampshire. Looking …

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 …

Week In Pests

News, Oct 26 2013

by by Joe de Jonge & Alex Sammon

Careful—they’re in the floorboards and behind the walls and there are billions of them. Just turn on the shower: the head …

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, …

Risky Business

An interview with Jodi Kantor

Arts, Oct 10 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

The New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor is a self-proclaimed “journalism junkie,” and it shows. Even over the phone, Kantor’s enthusiasm …

Perils of Lampedusa

North African Immigration to Europe

News, Oct 10 2013

by Alex Sammon

BROWN WOODEN CASKETS FILL the loading bay. There are 194 in total. They are split into three parallel lines, with a …

Apis Providentia

Beekeeping Geography in Greater Providence

Metro, Oct 10 2013

by Rick Salamé

DR. JANE DENNISON'S HONEYBEES WAKE up around 10:30 AM in late September. They won’t fly if it’s too cold and, lately, …

Vestigia

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2013

by Steph Yin & Sandeep Nayak

WE WERE BORN AND GROW UP in the briny blue, and even when we evolved to invade land, we never left …

Week in Last Stands

Arts, Oct 03 2013

by Alex Sammon, Emma Wohl & Sam Rosen

Taking a stand may be hard on your knees, but it means you can back up what you believe in, at …

Aacha Maa Al Aayle

Finding Middle Eastern Food in Providence

Metro, Sep 27 2013

by Rick Salamé

I BIKE PAST AS220, go around the cathedral, cross the overpass, take a left against the traffic ofa one-way street, pull …

Westgate

Features, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Adler-Bell, Doreen St. Félix, Alex Ronan & Ellora Vilkin

On Saturday September 21, fifteen attackers laid siege on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. At press time, the official casualty …

No Days Off

Medicine, Fitness, and the Modern Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Bresnick

ON AN OVERCAST DAY in Mexico City in October 1968, Jim Hines ran 100 meters in 9.95 seconds. Hines walked away …

All Apologies

News, Sep 19 2013

by Alex Sammon

The video footage is grainy and tough to make out, and seems like it may have been shot on a cell …

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 …

Polar Opposites

A Conversation with David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors

Interviews, Apr 27 2013

by Greg Nissan

[start hero]​[end hero] David Longstreth’s songs don’t explain him; they imitate him. The creative force and leader of The Dirty Projectors, …

Week in Little Things

News, Apr 27 2013

by by David Adler & Rick Salamé

Parks &Historical Recreation Here lies Mills End Park. A cup of soil, two feet in diameter, sitting between opposing lanes of …

Knives Down

by Lizzie Davis, Grace Dunham, Alexander Sammon & Benson Tucker

Like any city worthy of the title, Providence has a long and troubled history with knives. Precision instruments among humanity’s earliest …

Mourning

Arts & Culture, Apr 13 2013

by Robert Sandler

I’ve found bits of everyone in you. There is no more grass in my yard, only clover. Found a way through …

The Rite of Spring

Arts & Culture, Apr 13 2013

by Robert Sandler

I went to see the turned-in feet of Le Sacre moving still, under the curtain. Pagan Russia still moving Nijinsky’s flatness. …

Week on the Border

News, Apr 12 2013

by Rick Salame & Alex Sammon

BUTTERFLY KISS(INGER) They have no visas and don’t pay customs. This winter there were some 60 million of them: Monarch butterflies, …

Self-Aware Game

Look, You're Inside the Machine

Arts & Culture, Mar 18 2013

by Milan Koerner-Safrata

Eminent game designer Tim Schafer recently asked himself a question: “Are games art?” His response: “Oh man, who cares.” But as …

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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 …

Week In Review

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & Rick Salame

The Year Is Wet Behind The Ears Ancient Infants George Church is bearded and stocky, but he is no Neanderthal. The …

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!” - …

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 …

Week In The Woods

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & Rick Salame

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Etc. Trees these days just seem to be everywhere. Casuarina and Nyssa; Robina and Salix—no matter …

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 …

Gun Control

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2013

by Jehane Samaha

[start hero] [end hero] …

The House on Broadview Terrace

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

A few days after hurricane sandy made her way, clumsily, morbidly, along the Atlantic Coast, a friend emailed my father a …

Throwback Live

Nas, Lauryn Hill, and '90s Nostlagia

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Greg Nissan

It would’ve been hard for me to pass up Nas and Lauryn Hill’s double bill on Monday night at Lupo’s. They’re …

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by by Emily Gogalak, Richard Salame & Kate Van Brocklin

Price TagsThey say that some things can’t be bought, but soon they might not be able to say that about permanent …

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 …

The Commissioner and I

Bidding Adieu to the Father of Modern Basketball

Metabolics, Nov 02 2012

by Sam Rosen

Last Tuesday afternoon my best friend called, which was exciting because he only calls if he forgets to tell to me …

Payasos Azules

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

The distance from the village to Colomba is “twenty minutes by pickup.” Described that way, always. As if there weren’t any …

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 …

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 …

Hapless in Seattle

Sports, Sep 28 2012

by Sam Rosen

This past Monday, immediately following the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over the Green Bay Packers, ESPN.com ran a reader poll: “what did …

Trading Races

Sports, Sep 22 2012

by Sam Rosen

This summer, two transactions made history in their respective sports. In the MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired first baseman Adrian …

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 …

OUT OF THE CLOSET, INTO THE QUAD

the origins of Brown’s gay liberation movement

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Sarah Yahm

When Jack Marcus moved to Providence for grad school in 1967, two years before Stonewall, he wasn’t out yet, but he …

Legislation Wars

the paper battle over Rhode Island reproductive rights

Metro, Apr 25 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell & with reporting by Stoni Thompson

On Wednesday April 11, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee considered nine separate abortion-related bills. Although committee hearings were officially scheduled …

Bored St. George

Interviews, Apr 10 2012

by Translated & Illustrated by Timothy Nassau

What to make of Georges Bataille? In 1930, André Breton said that he was “psychasthenic,” that he had a “conscience deficit,” …

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 …

GREG’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE REVIEW

Arts, Mar 20 2012

by Greg Nissan

A sincere review of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie would be pointless. The duo’s absurd sense of humor—resistant to any …

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Arts, Mar 12 2012

by By Raillan Brooks, Jonah Wolf, Nick Shulman, Kate Van Brocklin, Eddie Friedman, Sarah Denaci & Will Peterson

THE ONE IN BETHESDA IS BETTERSince the summer of 2010, DC residents have suffered the indignity of DC Cupcakes, a TLC …

STOCKHOLM STIGMA

Interviews, Mar 12 2012

by By Sarah Rutherford

"Do you want a Hitler mustache?”Such was the offering to attendees of a political festival in Sweden last summer, where protestors …

Multimodality

Musings on everyday synesthesia, brain architecture, and the metaphor

Arts & Culture, Mar 12 2012

by Sandeep Nayak

Imagine the pre-Babel tongue in which every word was perfect vocal expression for the thing it named, the thing behind the …

On French Films of a Certain Age

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2012

by Gillian Brassil, Belle Cushing, Sarah Denaci & Caroline Sagalchik

Les derniers jours du monde [Happy Ends], (2009) dir. Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu How would the apocalypse happen in France? It …

When Do Their Sentences End?

Reentering RIPTA

Metro, Feb 15 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

On November 17 of last year, WPRIChannel 12 “Target 12 Investigator” Tim White reported that Rhode Island Public Transport Authority (RIPTA) …

Perry Bible Fellow: A Conversation with Nicholas Gurewitch

Arts & Culture, Dec 24 2011

by Timothy Nassau

Growing up, I often dreamed I would be the kind of high-minded intellectual badass who carries around a dog-eared copy of …

Radical Dance

Disability in dance

Arts & Culture, Dec 08 2011

by David Sanchez-Aguilera

You say a word, and then I’ll say a word, and we’ll make a sentence.” These lyrics reverberate through the rehearsal …

Whitewashed Wale

On illustrating Moby Dick

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Timothy Nassau

I am absolutely bizarrely obsessed with Moby-Dick and with this art,” says Matt Kish. From August 5, 2009 to January 29, …

Bjork's Biotechnology

Arts, Nov 03 2011

by DAVID SANCHEZ-AGUILERA

The broadcast date was September 5, 2001. Charlie Rose picked up his cue card and considered his guest—he worried he had …

Social Improvement Through Hip Hop

Arts, Nov 03 2011

by Sam Rosenfeld & Tana Frank

On November 5, PROOV will bring the fundamental elements of hip-hop culture to life in Brown University’s Alumnae Hall. Live DJs …

Organized Labor Rally in Support of Occupy Providence

Metro, Nov 03 2011

by by SAM ADLER-BELL

There has been a fair amount of ambivalence and ambiguity about organized labor’s relationship to the Occupy movements across the country. …

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 …

Brick-o-lage

Interviews, Oct 11 2011

by by Timothy Nassau

A Conversation with a Lego ArtistTo be deemed a master Lego builder, you must first make a sphere out of the …

Hey Providence, What is that?

Metro, Oct 11 2011

by by Sam Adler-Bell

Born on the Fourth of July, or thereaboutsAt the corner of Wickendon and Governor Streets in Fox Point, right in front …

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 …

RIPTA Delays Decision on Service Cuts

Metro, Sep 19 2011

by Sam Adler-Bell

In June, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) proposed cutting the state’s bus service by 10 percent(reduced to sevenin more …

Alligator Rescued from the Woonasquatucket

Metro, Sep 19 2011

by Sam Adler-Bell

Imagine a teenage girl goes on vacation with her family to some subtropical Floridian tourist trap, bringing home, as a keepsake, …

Fallen Water

reflections on the 9/11 memorial competition

arts & culture, Sep 17 2011

by Timothy Nassau

Although it was not sent in the mail, on April 28, 2003, you received an invitation. “On behalf of all New …

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 …

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 …

Horoscopes

get real

ephemera, Apr 04 2011

by Auspicious Alessandra & Kapricious Kate

We know, we know: you just want to read your own horoscope. Actually, you just want to read your zodiac sign's …

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 …

Devilbolical

Literary, Feb 25 2011

by Sam Alper

Characters:JUDY – Young and starved for company.BRY – Same.Night. The back porch of a country house, in the deep country, the …

WEEK IN REVIEW 2/17/11

News, Feb 25 2011

by Jonah Kagan, Sam Levinson & Ashton Strait

SHRUNKEN HEADSAccording to University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks, the human brain has been shrinking. Nope, it’s not from all that …

Week in Review 11/18/10

News, Dec 02 2010

by Sam Knowles, Ashton Strait & Jonah Wolf

THE TODAY SHOW[DOWN]Former President George W. Bush reentered the public sphere on November 8 with an exclusive, seemingly endless interview with …

LET'S START A FAMILY BAND

Literary, Oct 27 2010

by Sam Alper

BROTHERS OR USThere’s a dog barking somewherein the novel you’re readingimagine an ice sculpture of the Titanic being thrown at a …

On-the-go-la

Food, Oct 26 2010

by Rachel Sarnoff

Nothing beats sinking your teeth into a dense granola bar when you’re low on energy. For athletes, students, hikers and travelers, …

It's Still Good to Be Independent

Features, Oct 26 2010

by Samuel Knowles

In the front room of Books on the Square, a dozen toddlers and infants sit in rapt attention as Chris Byrnes …

Issue 5

Cover Art, Oct 25 2010

by Valentina Sarfeh

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 …

Fall Horoscopes: Providence Arts Guide

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Princessa Jones

Gemini 5/21–6/21You are very receptive to changes in your artistic work this September, but first you need to change your lifestyle. …

Week In Review 9/23

News, Sep 23 2010

by Dan Stump, Jonah Kagan & Sam Levinson

Condoms for ConvictsLast week, the San Francisco County Jail’s San Bruno unit installed 16 condom dispensers for its 750 residents.  The …

IN PLEASANT COMPANY

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 …

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 …

HIGH SOCIETY

Opinions, Mar 18 2010

by the Santos-Paglinawan Collective

Your correspondents slunk down to see the Whitney Biennial just last Friday, some three weeks after its opening, and so cannot …

Cry Havoc!

Science, Mar 04 2010

by Sam Dean

Battle BatsJanuary 12, 1942: Just one month prior, the attack on Pearl Harbor had flung the US into a war in …

Cry Havoc!

Science, Mar 04 2010

by Sam Dean

Battle BatsJanuary 12, 1942: Just one month prior, the attack on Pearl Harbor had flung the U.S. into a war in …

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 …

From The Editors

From the Editors, Feb 18 2010

by Sam Dean

Speaking of Venn diagrams (cf. the X Page), overlay Page 8’s pseudo-apocalyptics and page 9’s dreamy sketches of Yellowstone, and you’ll …

Airlock

Literary, Feb 04 2010

by Rachel Sanders

What I didn’t know when we both moved to Baltimore after graduation was that Fairfax Malley would become so concerned with phytonutrients. …

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 …

Utopia

Features, Dec 03 2009

by Sam Dean

Ralph Nader is America’s leading consumer advocate and favorite third party candidate. After three unsuccessful bids for the presidency in the …

LET'S BE BLUNT

Sports, Nov 12 2009

by Rachel Sanders

These days, it doesn’t take much more than a mere whisper of steroid use to derail an athlete’s career. Although some, like …

WHEN EAST MET WEST

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 …

Let's Be Blunt

drugs beyond the locker room

Sports, Nov 12 2009

by Rachel Sanders

These days, it doesn’t take much more than a mere whisper of steroid use toderail an athlete’s career. Although some, like …

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 …

THE LITERARY LION, THE WITCHES, THEIR WARDROBE

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 …

An Excerpt From Eldritch

a play

Literary, Oct 09 2009

by Sam Alper

Everyone is a wizard, except for Father Levit, who is a priest.Wizards wear beautiful capes. They hold lengths of wood. Gabriel …

Raising Costs, Raising Fists

the fight for healthcare and workers' rights in Prov city

Metro, Oct 09 2009

by Samuel Adler-Bell

Last Thursday, more than 200 Brown Dining Service (BDS) workers,Providence union members, and students gathered before the steps of University Hall …

Cloakroom Widowshack

Literary, Oct 05 2009

by Bartleby Saint D'Art

So, this lesbian named Linda imagined a thoughtfrom awhile before: "a severe generation of independentyoung people with nothing to do; and …

ARTS*bar

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 …

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 …

How Upsetting

who let the underdogs out? Oudin et al storm the US Open

Sports, Sep 18 2009

by Rachel Sanders

This year in particular has been a veritable soap opera for followers of protennis, from Roger and Rafa’s on-again/off-again rivalry to …

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 …

LOTSA CREATIVITY

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 …

REAL AMERICAN BIGOTRY

Opinions, Mar 19 2009

by Sandra Allen

The commercial fades in on a swank kitchen with modern black appliances, ripe peppers and red onions on the counter, daylight …

A CRY THAT WAS NO MORE THAN A WHISPER

Opinions, Feb 05 2009

by Sandra Allen

In her Senate confirmation hearing at the end of last month, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton listed scores of imminent dangers …

ON THE ISSUES: A CLOSER LOOK AT LESSER-KNOWN BALLOT MEASURES PASSED NOVEMBER 4

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 …

THE ONE THAT WORKED: ON THE SUCCESS OF BUSH'S WAR ON AIDS

Opinions, Nov 13 2008

by Sandra Allen

Sixty-one percent of historians believe that Bush is the worst president in our nation's history, according to a recent History News …

TANGLED UP IN BLUE: PSYCHIC ALLEVIATION OF ELECTION ANXIETIES

Features, Oct 30 2008

by Sandra Allen

Ringing a psychic's doorbell is surreal and cinematic--you hear her snap to attention and throw the breakfast dishes in the sink …

QUOTH CTHULHU, "NEVERMORE"

Features, Oct 30 2008

by Sam Dean

The gravestones splay like zombie fingers getting their first breath of undead air, half-sunk and faded. These gray slabs for Rhode …

WEIGHTS LUXEMBOURG FERRIS WHEELS STAYING UP ALL NIGHT: A SCREENLAY

Literary, Oct 30 2008

by Sam Alper

[1]Location: On Lochman Lane, a hill on supposedly private property, overlooking downtown LA. Midday, sunny. Two young guys sit in the …

WORDS FROM THE SAGE: PROVIDENCE HIP-HOPPER FIGHTS RNC ARRESTS

Arts, Oct 23 2008

by Sandra Allen

Sage Francis suggested breakfast at Julian's and said I'd recognize him as "a big, bald, bearded fella." He was already waiting …

ONE MORE NIGHT: NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST

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 …

LUCIFER'S NUMBER ONE FAN CLUB

Sports, Oct 23 2008

by Lindsay Littlejohn

Players change, coaches change, jerseys change. Rules change, mascots change, cheers change. Hell, even the fans change--the good ones because they …

GONNA BUY ME SOME PURITY: HOW TWEEN-POP COMMODIFIED CHASTITY

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 …

VENI VIDI VINO: GOT MERLOT?

Features, Sep 25 2008

by Sandra Allen

Wine writing falls into two camps. There are those who write about wine for people who already know about wine, and …

DEAR MR. POSTMAN: A GUIDE TO VOTING ABSENTEE

News, Sep 25 2008

by Sandra Allen

Here at the Independent we realize that Rhode Island's strong Democratic leanings, combined with its four electoral votes, probably mean that …

FORGET AFTER SEEING: IN THE COEN BROTHERS' BURN AFTER READING, DIRECTORIAL INTELLIGENCE IS RELATIVE

Arts, Sep 18 2008

by Sandra Allen

A friend of mine thinks she's cracked the Coen brothers code. She says all of their movies are about how far …

For the Record

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2008

by Dillon Savage

Rot Shit Have You Scene Rot Shit? 7" [Fashionable Idiots, 2008] Pittsburgh slob-punk outfit Rot Shit's myspace page proudly describes their …

The Mad Russian

In pursuit of a quick cigarette fix

Arts & Culture, Feb 14 2008

by Sandra Allen

Yefim Shubentsov has had an office at 1680A Beacon Street in Brookline, Massachusetts for 23 years. He has two secretaries, one …