Vol. 40 Issue 4

Mar 07, 2020

From the Editors

Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a concentration. Choose 9am classes, 7am workouts, Emergen-C, and guac for an extra $1.50. Choose Duo Shibboleth push, Bird scooters, and Snackpass. Choose federally-subsidized student loans. Choose a grade option. Choose your friends. Choose your textbooks and Times New Roman 12-point double-spaced font. Choose the same pair of Blundstone boots as everyone else. Choose the single-use bathroom, staring at yourself in the mirror framed by tiles, wondering who the f*ck you are in the library at 1:58 a.m. on a Thursday night. Choose sitting in your candleless room re-watching a sitcom of choice, listening to the “Fresh Finds” playlist algorithmically tailored just for you, eating an entire bag of spicy Cool Ranch Flavor-blasted Doritos™ in one sitting. Choose the illusion of choice brought on by late capitalism and American individualism. Choose the sink that works, the washing machine that works, the big Baja’s, and an apartment on Benefit Street with a view of the skyline. Choose your future. Choose the Indy… But why would I want to do a thing like that?


God, Death, and the Florida Keys

Joy Williams’s Literature of the Guidebook

Arts, Mar 07 2020

by Jango McCormick

Random House was doing this series—Virginia, the Hamptons, the Keys. The Keys were still kind of strange and unspoiled in the …



A Love Letter to Spontaneity

Features, Mar 07 2020

by Nell Salzman

My friend is a chronic soul-searcher. His favorite pastime is to sift through the empty shells of people around him, trying …

Cabbage: A Cultural History

Features, Mar 07 2020

by Alex Alverson

“Cabbage guy,” or the cabbage merchant, is one of the most iconic characters in Avatar the Last Airbender, an animated TV …


The Stories We Tell

Features, Mar 07 2020

by SG

[CW: intergenerational violence, eating disorders, depression] I was five when I was first shown the window behind which my grandfather sat, …



[Meat’s bit dry tonight, remarks Aldrin]

Literary, Mar 07 2020

by Bowen Chen

Our neighbors are busy undressing and dressing, entombed in black velvet, over-the-elbow gloves if she wants to make a statement—does this …


Muddy Matiello

A look at the RI Speaker of the House’s Abuses of Power

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Osayuwamen "Uwa" Ede-Osifo

Speaker of the House Nicolas Mattiello, arguably one of the most powerful figures in Rhode Island politics, has been shrouded in …

Healing Through Theater

How a Trinity Rep actor helped Sheila Bentley tell her version of PVD history

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Clara Gutman Argemí

For Rebecca Gibel, the actor who played Sheila Bentley in Trinity Repertory's fall 2019 production of The Prince of Providence, the …


Week in Animal Magnetism

News, Mar 06 2020

by Hannah Gelman & Ricardo Gomez

MUST PAY TO PAW-TY On February 16, crowds of eager New Orleanians gathered in the French Quarter to watch the 28th …

Science & Technology

Form Follows Function

How face masks as a fashion trend points to inescapable peril

Science & Technology, Mar 06 2020

by Mia Pattillo & Nick Roblee-Strauss

Overshadowed by her own sweep of the Grammys, Billie Eilish walked the red carpet this past January with the lower third …


Tropical Burn

X, Mar 07 2020

by Corinne Ang

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