THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT

Vol. 36 Issue 1

Feb 02, 2018

From the Editors

A power outage, a school closure, a highway ban, a government
shutdown. Then a restoration—always accompanied with a creeping
sense that something is being drawn out, drained. As authority stands
as rigid as ever, somehow we’re left with a perpetual feeling of running
on fumes—patchwork precarity. Gigging, fixing, rigging, cheating. And
then from somewhere comes a belief, not exactly our own, that this
is exactly the way it should be—the only way it can ever be. That to
articulate that anything could be otherwise is more than impossible,
it’s embarrassing.

Here the College Hill Independent offers no market-tested solutions,
no five-point proposals, no cunning, no conning. In fact, we offer no
prescriptions at all. Instead, each week, we write, illustrate, design, and
read for a slight alternative.

– JKS

Arts

Ursula, Oh Ursula

What do you do when your favorite person dies?

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Eliza Chen

After the death of a great artist such as Ursula Le Guin, the inevitably lesser person writing the memoriam (in this …

Singing a Different Tune

Grad Party and the queer storytelling of “Pretty Boy”

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Anna Hundert

As a genre, the love song has a fraught history of reinforcing particular frameworks within the heterosexual matrix. The male singer-songwriter, …


Body

Kebab a ČÍna

Veganism, multiculturalism, and culinary tradition in the Czech Republic

Body, Feb 02 2018

by Jane Argodale

On a Saturday afternoon in the Czech city of Brno, my friend and I sat inside Forky’s, a vegan restaurant, shoveling …


Ephemera


Features

Rainbow Saviors

On the politics of (not) coming out

Features, Feb 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

cw: homophobia, sexual assault. The first accusation of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey surfaced on October 29, 2017 by actor Anthony …


Literary

Buccaneers

Literary, Feb 02 2018

by Pia Struzzieri

“Tell me a story,” he says. They’re sitting crouched in the corner of the room. Amanda has upended a table so …


Metro

Barefoot: How to Live Well in Hard Times

A tribute to Mark Baumer

Metro, Feb 02 2018

by Erin West

The following are excerpts from Mark’s various work, pulled largely from his blog, Barefoot Across America. 1. Believe in the future: …

A Different Shade of Blue

Inside the ‘big tent’ of Rhode Island's Democratic Party

Metro, Feb 02 2018

by Harry August

In Rhode Island, the label of “Democrat” doesn’t mean all that much. Despite its reputation for being as blue as the …


News

Week in Civil Disobedience

News, Feb 02 2018

by Ella Comberg, Soraya Ferdman & Kayli Wren

#CHRISTIESTILLHATESTRANSPORTATIONLAWSGATE Four years after #Bridgegate flooded Twitter, Chris Christie’s name is once again under fire over a gate scandal. Then, it …

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 …


Science & Technology

This is Drought

The long view of water shortage in California

Science & Technology, Feb 02 2018

by Paige Parsons

In the Kitchen Green vines grow up my backyard fence beyond my kitchen window, looking down over my neighbor’s fresh green …


X

Fish Filet

X, Feb 02 2018

by Zak Ziebell




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