Vol. 36 Issue 9

Apr 12, 2018

From the Editors

One of the unfortunate, burgeoning traditions of the Trump administration seems to dictate that April is the month we rediscover the consensus that Syria must be bombed. While the script has been set, some of the actors have shuffled places—rabid war hawk John Bolton has replaced the only slightly less repugnant H.R. McMaster, blacksite torture guru Mike Pompeo steps in for Tillerson. And of course, we have the Greek chorus of centrist Democrats—Madeleine Albright demanding long-term “involvement” (read: occupation) in the region, pundit Jeff Glor calling for Syria’s “punishment” with an image of Iran ominously projected behind him, the list goes on.

Perhaps most uncomfortable of all, those of us interested in a different future now find ourselves among strange and strained company. Anti-war rhetoric, if it can be heard at all, is voiced by people like Jack Goldsmith (NSA chore boy) or Tucker Carlson (slack-jawed bigot). Of course, their contorted reasons for adopting such a position are unsettling—Carlson fears exclusively for the Christians there, and Goldsmith wants to first make sure that the deep state has greater oversight in the matter. Even Laura Ingraham has chimed in, claiming that the real war should take place on our southern border.

Missing from this strange matrix, however, is any sense of the anti-war left. Apart from some disgruntled Twitter murmurings from the DSA and a few comments from the Intercept, no progressive voices have shown interest in anything but prolonged conflict in Syria.

April is the cruelest month—


– JM


Soft Power

Petra Collins and the problem with the female gaze

Arts, Apr 12 2018

by Jane Argodale

Two women press their cheeks together, with dark hair falling in their faces and lips parted to reveal the radiant white …

The Shame of the Cities

Renderings, reality TV, and obsessive urbanism

Arts, Apr 12 2018

by Ella Comberg

There’s an image of the proposed Providence streetcar that keeps me up at night. It depicts the corner of Empire and …



The Women Who Remember

On matriarchs and memory

Features, Apr 12 2018

by M

content warning: sexual violence Someday your memory will leave the inside of my eyelids and I promise you will not exist …



Home-Field Disadvantage

The PawSox take a swing at the State House

Metro, Apr 12 2018

by Ian Stevenson

Three years after plans for the construction of a new Minor League Baseball stadium in Providence fell through, the State House …

Priced Out

DARE's fight for rent stabilization

Metro, Apr 12 2018

by Mariela Pichardo

Federal Hill couple Butch and Madonna Trottier, aged 78 and 76 years old respectively, spent three months of the past year …


Week in Hot Takes

News, Apr 12 2018

by Jack Brook, Marly Toledano & Lucas Smolcic Larson

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Behind the Braids

Students, farmworkers, and the Fair Food Program

News, Apr 12 2018

by Natalie Lerner

During spring of 2015, my first year at Brown, I participated in a campus-wide movement called #MoneyTalksAtBrown. This student-organized march and …


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