Vol. 38 Issue 2

Feb 08, 2019

From the Editors

Admittedly, I didn’t watch this year’s State of the Union. My philosophy on this event (in general) is that it’s a vulgar display of rhetoric; to quote a friend on Twitter, “dont care about the sotu, responses, or the united states.” Boringly, clips and quotes from Trump’s speech—as well as liberal and progressive responses to it—dominated my own Twitter feed on Wednesday morning. Here’s what I learned: guests included several vets tokenized for their injuries, a little boy named Josh Trump who purportedly gets bullied for his nominal likeness to 45, and a coalition of female Democratic reps dressed up in white pantsuits in a nod to early twentieth-century suffragette fashion. AOC grimaced for the entire address, whereas Nancy Pelosi clapped when Trump bragged that “America will never be a socialist country.”


Fast forward to like, nine years from now: America is an anarcho-syndicalist utopia, money has been abolished, and the only federal holiday we still observe just so happens also called the State of the Union—a day when union leaders get together across the country and give local public lectures about the state of The Union as such! And, also, there’s no more Valentine’s Day.

– SS


"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 …


What I Learned At Home

Features, Feb 08 2019

by Tara Sharma

The Snakes The garden snakes in New England are harmless. The first one I saw was dead and on our driveway. …

A Second Latin Boom

Echoes and potential in a new aesthetic movement

Features, Feb 08 2019

by Eduardo Guitérrez Peña

Sometime in the mid 20th century, a series of novels in translation about the Yoknapatawpha County, William Faulkner’s microcosm of the …



Plugging the Drain

Getting Millennials to "#ChooseRI"

Metro, Feb 08 2019

by Harry August

Rhode Island is worried about its size, and for good reason. Absent a mass migration to the Ocean State before the …

All In

Rhode Island legalizes sports betting

Metro, Feb 08 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & John Graves

Ronny first came to what is now Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI—then a race track called Lincoln Downs—when he was …


Misreadings and Misgivings

Understanding the Venezuelan presidential crisis

News, Feb 08 2019

by Oriana Van Praag

It was a sight to behold. On January 23, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to denounce the …

Week in Closing Time

News, Feb 08 2019

by Grace Keefe & Wen Zhuang

Going O’Naturel Imagine this: a spacious, vibrant dining hall fills with an ensemble of chattering individuals in minimal dress. The guests, …

Science & Technology

The Ex-Machina Fallacy

How randomness separates us from AI

Science & Technology, Feb 08 2019

by Griffin Kao

The screen lights up with a new text message from Scott, a professor at the University of Texas: How many legs …


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