Lose Ctrl

SZA’s exploration of the in-between

Arts, Dec 04 2020

by Gaya Gupta

I first started listening to SZA in 2018, the year I struggled with self-doubt and insecurity while trying to develop my …


Una conversación con el músico Nicolás Jaar

Arts, Nov 20 2020

by Alex Westfall

Originalmente publicado en inglés el 24 de abril del 2020 Traducción por Felipe Félix Méndez Collage por Alex Westfall / Foto …

Starved Touch

Arts, Nov 13 2020

by Tammuz Frankel

Sketch or, What’s in a touch? At their spring 2016 “Worldwide Developers Conference” release event, even Apple seemed skeptical. Nearing the …

Activist Infographics

The competing interests of self and the greater good on Instagram

Arts, Nov 13 2020

by Justin Scheer

Activism has never been more convenient than it is now. I can turn on my phone, open Instagram, and a brief …

Why Are My Country's Treasures Sitting in Your Glass Cases?

How the RISD Museum’s website reflects its colonial foundations

Arts, Oct 30 2020

by Yukti Agarwal & Dway Lunkad

This article is not meant to criticise the RISD Museum specifically, but rather provide a critical lens to the “Museum” space …

I Hate My Past and I Don't Want to Know My Future

The presence of Ren Hang

Arts, Oct 22 2020

by CJ Gan

content warning: discussions of suicide The sun has not yet risen through the miasma of morning fog and industrial smog that …

An Alternative Reopening

Major museums' return to the physical

Arts, Oct 16 2020

by Alisa Caira

The way to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is scattered with old cemeteries, views of the Hoosic river, small …

Justice As Seen on TV

Searching for peace in murder media

Arts, Oct 09 2020

by Anonymous

content warning: discussions of assault, police violence, mentions of rape, mentions and depictions of murder My senior year of high school, …

"I May Destroy You" May Just Heal You

Arts, Oct 02 2020

by Osayuwamen “Uwa” Ede-Osifo

content warning: sexual assault, racism, and plot spoilers "Prior to being raped, I never took much notice of being a woman. …

Bodies Matter

Pornography and the MPAA Rating System

Arts, Sep 25 2020

by Dorrit Corwin

content warning: references to sexual assault and non-consensual pornography If my great-grandfather Sherrill were alive today, I’d have a bone to …

Psychedelic Grief

Escapism in the world of The Midnight Gospel

Arts, Sep 23 2020

by Evie Hidysmith

content warning: depictions of violence and discussions of death As I settle into my sixth month of social distancing, I’ve watched …

So Bad, It's Great

Hate-watching "Cats" and losing my vocabulary

Arts, Aug 07 2020

by Cecilia Barron

In January, I took the T into Boston to watch the musical movie Cats with a friend. On the way there, …

The Urgency of Shame

A conversation with writer Garth Greenwell

Arts, May 01 2020

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Evan Lincoln

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

Bridging the Gulf

MoMA PS1 and the Art of War

Arts, Apr 24 2020

by Lucy Duda

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

Cities in Nonexistent Spaces

Notes on a virtual performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Lunar Opera

Arts, Apr 17 2020

by Seamus Flynn

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

Caged Lives

Revisiting Tehching Hsieh’s Cage Piece During Self-Quarantine

Arts, Apr 10 2020

by Chong Jing Gan

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

Success Stories

Succession and the soap-satire

Arts, Mar 27 2020

by Cal Turner

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

Haunted Paintings

The Female Ghost in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Arts, Mar 13 2020

by CJ Gan

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

God, Death, and the Florida Keys

Joy Williams’s Literature of the Guidebook

Arts, Mar 07 2020

by Jango McCormick

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

Unmasking Artistry

Inspecting the King of Mask Singer under the American Gaze

Arts, Mar 03 2020

by Anabelle Johnston

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

Spectacle of Insignificance

Arts, Feb 15 2020

by Wen Zhuang

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

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 …

In the Making

Examining the legacies of the Gorham Manufacturing Company

Arts, Nov 22 2019

by Bilal Memon

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

Scrutinizing the Self

Exploring implicit bias through Self, Made

Arts, Nov 22 2019

by Anabelle Johnston

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

Making Dough

Thoughts on Mika Rottenberg’s surreal videos

Arts, Nov 15 2019

by Alana Baer

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

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 …

Self-Made Men

Wanting and getting in Mad Men

Arts, Oct 25 2019

by Cal Turner

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

Within One Frame

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

Arts, Oct 11 2019

by Zach Barnes

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

Eat, Play, Sing

The Highlander Center and the practice of cultural organizing

Arts, Oct 04 2019

by Addy Schuetz

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

On Desire & Being Desired

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

Arts, Sep 27 2019

by Anabelle Johnston

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

The Year of Yeehaw

Cowboys making space in music

Arts, Sep 27 2019

by Alisa Caira

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

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 …

Arriving Before the Light

Notes and reflections on the life and legacy of Toni Morrison

Arts, Sep 13 2019

by Gabriella Etoniru

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

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, …

Rhode Island is Famous for You

Crimetown, and the problem of Providence's mob narrative

Arts, Apr 04 2019

by Ella Comberg

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

The Individual Uniform

Sartorial representation from the fig leaf to the turtleneck

Arts, Mar 22 2019

by Bilal Memon

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

Tidy Futures

The work of decluttering with Marie Kondo

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

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

Unliving Color

Colorization and popular history in Peter Jackson's director's cut of the First World War

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Ben Bienstock

About a half an hour into They Shall Not Grow Old, the new documentary by Lord of the Rings director Peter …