Vol. 38 Issue 4

Mar 01, 2019

From the Editors

I’ve run into city councilwoman Kat Kerwin twice in the past week: once at Seven Stars Bakery on the West Side and once at Red Stripe on the East Side. On both occasions I thought about approaching her, but since I don’t live in Ward 12, it seemed like there was no easy way into the conversation. Kat Kerwin and I are the same age, but as it turns out, we have little in common. She calls Gina Raimondo a progressive; I do not. She has been on the cover of Teen Vogue; I have never read Teen Vogue. She holds public office; I make a $3 monthly contribution to Bernie Sanders.


Kat Kerwin is barely older than the kids who Senator Dianne Feinstein accused last week of being too young to engage in politics. I actually thought Senator Feinstein raised a great point in her squabble with a room full of elementary schoolers: the people who will be most affected by the impacts of climate change didn’t even vote for her. While claiming that Senator Feinstein is too old to care about climate change is both ageist and nonsensical, I do think that 16-year-olds should vote and 21-year-olds should run for city council. Here at the Independent, we are inexperienced and we are young and we very much plan to stand up to the Senator Feinsteins of the world. Kat Kerwin: if you are reading this, we hope you do too.

– JR + LSL


The World as Picture, Exhibition, and Target

Angkor Wat, neo-colonialism, and opacity

Arts, Mar 01 2019

by Alexis Gordon

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Bad Lieutenant

Passing, clocking, and the curious case of Catalina de Erauso

Features, Mar 01 2019

by Cate Turner

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Features, Mar 01 2019

by Raghvi Bhatia



Literary, Mar 01 2019

by Kate Ok

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Metro, Mar 01 2019

by Alina Kulman

Rhode Island politicians often struggle to keep their reputations clean, so maybe it isn’t surprising that when officials take to Twitter, …


Overdue Justice

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News, Mar 01 2019

by Jazmin Piche Cifuentes

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Week in Jam

News, Mar 01 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Gemma Sack

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Science & Technology

Beyond Screens

In conversation with Khiara Bridges and Virginia Eubanks

Science & Technology, Mar 01 2019

by Julia Rock & Lily Meyersohn

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X, Mar 01 2019

by Bee Mitchell

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