Vol. 36 Issue 3

Feb 16, 2018

From the Editors

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Court House lately. It’s even more
of a caricature of itself in real life as it is in the imagination. The security
guards all wear cowboy boots; all the offices have shelves instead of walls (or
windows), lined with thousands of physical files. (Surely, it doesn’t have to be
this way. Computers exist, encryption exists.)

Pleasant surprise: I am the plaintiff. Unpleasant and unsurprising, I’ve had a
shitty landlord in my time. After a squabble involving a bike and an AC unit,
my landlord took a lot of money out of my security deposit. And I, 1.5 years
later, carrying an unrelenting grudge that most everyone said would relent,
sued him.

The assumption of the landlord, I assume, is that the student does not have
the time and energy to read the whole law. The assumption holds halfway: I
didn’t have the time, but I did have the energy and I did read the whole law.
I am more petty than I am studious, and nothing gets me [going/off] like a
good, long-term, strategy-heavy duel.

The only physical papers in my backpack are several documents relating to
my enemy and his whole family. (What’s the point of the anonymous cloak
of an LLC if you’re not going to use it, D? Say ‘hi’ to Larry and Eileen for
me!) I am my own attorney (and prophet and God) and I will be delivering my
statements in iambic pentameter. My trial is in one month, if anyone would
like to see me go head-to-head with a frat-boy-gone-investment-companyfigurehead
in small claims court.

– FA


Sun-less Sunset

On the collected and the collective in Chris Marker and Penelope Umbrico

Arts, Feb 16 2018

by Wen Zhuang

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A Loss for Words

Do we have to change our language before we can change our ideas?

Features, Feb 16 2018

by Jane Argodale

Contemporary debates on free speech, political correctness, and identity politics have all taken up language as a site of contention. Figures …



Literary, Feb 16 2018

by Emma Kofman

Sometimes I lie on the bed and my body lists towards your softer side and I pretend that it is your …


In the Meantime

Providence public school students circumvent a doomed architecture

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ella Comberg

When Alice Rayner was a senior in high school, they wrote a blog post for “the Purple Pages,” a Tumblr account …

A Future at Any Cost

An interview with Brenda Clement

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott

Brenda Clement is the director of HousingWorks RI, a research organization and think tank at Roger Williams University that explores housing …


Week in Kingdom Animalia

News, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott & Will Weatherly

Birdbrains “It is the things we love most that destroy us,” wrote Suzanne Collins in the third book of the Hunger …

Dear Indy...

News, Feb 16 2018

by WW

How do I escape the abyss of gay loneliness? Does anyone anywhere find queer love? I am answering your question first, …

Five Ring Activism

NOlympics LA and global resistance to the Olympic Games

News, Feb 16 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

In 1932, while millions of unemployed Americans waited in breadlines, Los Angeles hosted the Olympics for the first time. Leading up …

Science & Technology


Bio/digital computation and flucuations of form

Science & Technology, Feb 16 2018

by Jonah Max

I. Forest The peat bogs and flooded fens of Northern Rhode Island are rich entanglements, marshy lands where matter collides with …


Gone Fishin'

X, Feb 16 2018

by Zak Ziebell

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