Articles by AS

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It's Personal

The Low-Tech Future of the Future of Learning

News, Mar 27 2020

by Asher Lehrer-Small

At Springfield High School in Southern Vermont, the entryway stairs not only lead students inside the school building—they serve as a …

Two Rallies

News, Feb 14 2020

by Anchita Dasgupta & Peder Schaefer

University students organize against the rise of fascism in India As New Delhi witnessed Brazilian dictator Jair Bolsonaro, Chief Guest of …

Collected Poems (no theme)

Literary, Nov 15 2019

by Kanha Prasad, Jane Freiman, Isabelle Rea, Andy Rickert, Catherine Habgood, Sandra Moore & Gemma Brand-Wolf

Shades of Sick I woke up, sick of today, still a golden caterpillar, high as balls on buttery dreams. My open …

The Power of Poultry

Pampered chickens, Silicon Valley wealth, and agrarian dreams

Features, Oct 25 2019

by Anna Pasnau

Ginger is eight years old. She’s survived two dog attacks, confrontations with a deadly ferret, multiple aggressive raccoons, and a hawk. …

Week in Veneers

News, Sep 27 2019

by Loughlin Neuert & Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

LOOKING PRESI-DENTAL The 2020 presidential race has opened with such an oversaturated field of candidates that sometimes distinguishing between them all …

A High Stakes Game of Jenga

Or, how to move a house

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Eve Grassfield

The first time Guy Davis ever moved a house, things did not go as planned. He was told it would be …

Against Forgetting

Enforced Disappearances, Visual Archives of Loss, and Collective Mourning in Kashmir

News, Apr 12 2019

by Tiara Sharma & Kanha Prasad

Mughal Mase sits at an APDP demonstration, holding a photo of her son. Photo taken as part of a series by …

Tidy Futures

The work of decluttering with Marie Kondo

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

As we entered 2019, a push for dispossession caught the nation by storm. Brendan Hurley, manager of Goodwill Industries in the …

A Lawyer on Broad Street

Providence lawyer José Batista takes on police oversight

Metro, Mar 08 2019

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

The mile-long boulevard of Broadway, in Providence, is a den of lawyers. Over 15 private law offices occupy the hodgepodge of …

Striking a Deal

LA teachers push for a more equitable public school system

News, Feb 14 2019

by Bilal Memon & Kanha Prasad

Standing on the front steps of LA City Hall, Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), shouted into …

Dirty Funding

Warren B. Kanders at the Whitney Museum and Brown University

Arts, Feb 01 2019

by Tristan Harris & Babette Thomas

On December 9, 2018, Hyperallergic, an online arts magazine, posted an image of four members of the Fire Department of New …

A (RI)sing tide

How coastal managers and local leaders are grappling with sea level rise in the Ocean State

Climate, Dec 07 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

This article is the fourth installment of a month-long series, “Through the Muck,” tackling climate change in Rhode Island. On a …


Forty years ago, student journalists uncovered records of police brutality in Providence

Features, Nov 30 2018

by Ella Comberg & Lucas Smolcic Larson

content warning: graphic descriptions of police brutality In 1980, Steve Kohn returned to the offices of the Providence Human Relations Commission, …

The People’s Council

Rachel Miller reimagines Providence politics

Metro, Nov 09 2018

by Cashen Conroy

On the night of the 2018 Rhode Island primaries, Rachel Miller, a candidate for Providence’s Ward 13 City Council seat, had …

Beyond the Candidates

An independent midterms rundown

News, Nov 09 2018

by Mara Dolan, Lucas Smolcic Larson & Paula Pacheco Soto

Here we thread together national stories, revealed not through House or Senate races, but through ballot measures and referendums, speaking to …

Urban Birding

Do e-scooters herald an electrified micro-mobility revolution?

Science & Technology, Sep 15 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

On March 27, 2018, Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird Rides Inc., released an open letter to the CEOs of …

Missing the Mark

The reality of the gun control debate in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 20 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

On April 10, hundreds of people packed the galleries of the RI State House. As the House Judiciary Committee voted to …

Week in Hot Takes

News, Apr 12 2018

by Jack Brook, Marly Toledano & Lucas Smolcic Larson

With Flying Colors When Nick Burchill arrived at Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel in April, 2001, he was carrying a suitcase full …

Imagining the Black Cowboy

Recovering an alternative history of the West

Features, Mar 09 2018

by Babette Thomas

On a Wednesday afternoon, I’m sitting in the conference style classroom of my workshop in front of a dark wood table …

Selling Small

(Mis)Adventures in branding the Ocean State

Metro, Mar 09 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

In March 2016, Rhode Island made an ill-fated foray into the wild world of state-branding. Lawmakers put $5 million into the …

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 …

Week in Post-Apocalypse

News, Dec 01 2017

by Mark Benz, Sophie Kasakove, Patrick McMenamin, Eve Zelickson & Will Weatherly

A Fizzling Housing Market Like a specter haunting Middle America, the remnants of Cold War industry are making for a strange …

Two Poems

Literary, Oct 27 2017

by Ashley Dun

content warning: body horror, sexual violence Princess Pāramitā I thought I told you to stop coming here. You make me sick, …

No Clashes

One genealogy of state violence

Features, Oct 27 2017


content warning: sexual violence, suicide “To my daughter I will say, when men come, set yourself on fire.” –Warsan Shire, Teaching …

The Lights Coming Down

An oral history of Aurora

Features, Oct 27 2017

by Will Weatherly, Sophie Kasakove, Maya Björnson & Nora Gosselin

If you live in Providence, it is likely that you have attended an event at Aurora at some point during its …

Reading Comprehension

Literary, Oct 20 2017

by Kasturi Pananjady

Inspired by Arundhati Roy content warning: sexual harassment A Note to a Safety Presentation by a Commissariat de Police de Paris …

Mi Puerto Rico

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Sebastián Otero, Soraya Ferdman, AnaSofía Velázquez & Ella Scholz

The Cuban writer and revolutionary José Martí coined the term= “patria es humanidad”––homeland is humanity. After Hurricane María hit my island, …

A Community Blossoms in Fox Point

Providence garden offers members food and friendship

Metro, Sep 29 2017

by Cashen Conroy

At the entrance of the Fox Point Community Garden in Providence, a painted sign greets guests: “Welcome visitors! You can pick …

At The Presiding Moment

US media’s coverage of Trump’s strike in Syria

News, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Jonah Max & Will Tavlin

In the wake of last Thursday’s supposedly retributive airstrike against the Syrian Army and Bashar al-Assad, the Trump administration’s actions were …

A Crowded Field

The upcoming Iranian election

News, Apr 13 2017

by Golnoosh Asghari

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Ali Ahmadnia and Ali Heydar Valizadeh in mid-March. The two managed channels on Telegram, …


Ephemera, Apr 07 2017

by Ethan East

White Wall

A call to action

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Vuthy Lay, Makoto Kumasaka & Cameron Kucera

On the corner of Benefit and College Streets, it would be easy to glance over the Radeke Façade, which looks like …

Week in WTF is Happening in the UK?

News, Mar 10 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Lance Gloss & Will Weatherly

“The Pub is Closed, Long Live the Pub!” The walls of the nation-state are looking a bit knackered, but the walls …

Working Through Empathy

An interview with director Josh Oppenheimer

Features, Dec 02 2016

by Elias Bresnick

Josh Oppenheimer is an American documentary filmmaker best known for his films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. …

El Comandante Has Died

News, Dec 02 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia & Sebastián Otero Oliveras

Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution, died last Friday. His brother, Raúl Castro, currently the head of the Cuban government, …

Forward Thinking

Inclusion and diversity in STEM

Science & Technology, Nov 11 2016

by AS & PH

The practice of science is not only analytical, it is subjective, emotional, and creative. Our approach to science is influenced by …

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Colombia's would-be peace deal

News, Oct 21 2016

by Nicolas Montaño

On September 26, media attention shifted to the city of Cartagena on Colombia’s Atlantic coast. There, 15 heads of state, along …


A conversation with Ronald Lewis of the Low Mountaintop Collective

Occult, Sep 30 2016

by Athena Washburn & Eli Neuman-Hammond

Ronald Kevin Lewis is a theater artist, dancer, poet-performer, and child of god whose group, The Low Mountaintop Collective, is performing …

Clear Site

Urban Renewal in Cathedral Square

Metro, Apr 08 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

There are four parking lots within a two block radius, but parking on the empty cement plaza of Cathedral Square is …

Surveil the Surveillors

In Conversation with Glenn Greenwald

Interviews, Mar 11 2016

by Elias Bresnick

In 2013, Glenn Greenwald published a series of articles in the Guardian outlining the stunningly invasive and widespread data-collection tactics of …

A Concrete Tent

Architecture and Occupation in Palestine

Features, Mar 11 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

Tranquil dwellings Chapter 32, verse 18 of the Book of Isaiah reads, “My people will abide in peaceful habitation, in secure …

Machine Guns to Olive Branches

Colombia Imagines Peace Once Again

News, Feb 18 2016

by Maria Camila Bustos & Nicolas Montano

Last week, Colombia and the United States celebrated the fifteen year anniversary of Plan Colombia. This program, often heralded as the …

Whose Buddy?

Remembering Providence's Infamous Mayor

Metro, Feb 05 2016

by Lisa Borst, Sophie Kasakove & Rick Salamé

A corrupt Machiavellian bully, a benevolent populist, a talk radio personality, a marinara-sauce entrepreneur, a meme—rarely does a local politician acquire …

Black Boxes and Black Mirrors

Arts, Dec 04 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances, Eli Neuman-Hammond & Athena Washburn

A black box is a unit, a unified system, or a discrete object which takes inputs and produces outputs but whose …

When The Foam Settles

Essentialism in Tech

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Charlie Windolf

On March 11, 2011, a 71-year-old fisherman named Morihisa Kanouya stood on a small hill in Ukedo, Japan. In the distance, …

The Perfect Bubble

The Polynomial Guide to the Universe

Science & Technology, Nov 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Charlie Windolf

Everyday, I cut through the alleyway off Angell and Thayer street. There’s a dumpster, there. On a good day, whatever’s left …

The Edible Complex

Paths to the Ultimate Mushroom

Science & Technology, Oct 23 2015

by Mickey Zaslavsky

Under the brush, a golden-red cap glints. Trembling, I push back the undergrowth and gasp. I then gingerly pull out the …

Radios in Our Heads

Thoughts on Songwriting

Features, Oct 09 2015

by Dash Elhauge

In a tower on an island by a dock with a kayak, I write songs. The boat is built for one. …

Tired of Art

Arts, Oct 09 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances & Athena Washburn

Robert Smithson,A Heap of Language, 1966 (Wikimedia Commons) In response to the 1970s energy crisis, citizens around the US began collecting …

The Perils of Liminality

Considering the Stampede at Mecca

News, Oct 09 2015

by Mickey Zaslavsky

On September 26, a deadly stampede occurred during the annual Hajj pilgrimage when two waves of Muslim pilgrims collided on streets …

Beyond Our Fingers

The Hidden Beauty of Recursive Computing

Science & Technology, Oct 02 2015

by Dash Elhauge

When I was four, I snuck into my mother’s bedroom and flicked the switch by her makeup desk. Big filaments blazed …

What Am I Listening To?

K-Pop and US Torture Music

Arts, Sep 25 2015

by Athena Washburn

Tell me your wish Tell me that small dream you have within you Draw that ideal person you have inside your …

Week in Review

News, Sep 18 2015

by Dominique Pariso, Wilson Cusack & Dash Elhauge

The Artist Formally Known as Roach It is an unseasonably hot fall evening. Sweat drips down your back as you approach …


Alternative Theater in Providence

Metro, May 01 2015

by Sophie Kasakove & Lisa Borst

This is Rapid Transit They changed it last week, the 11 Broad St And the 99 in Pawtucket The opposite of …

A review of Dope

Features, May 01 2015

by Sara Winnick & Casey Friedman

The frame freezes: a grey Gameboy rotates as it falls, darkred blood splattered across the square screen. Early on inthe newly …

Week in Puns

News, Apr 17 2015

by Dash Elhauge, Malcolm Drenttel, Maya Sorabjee & Zeve Sanderson

Asset Management Fee Structure for Municipal Pensions “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Your hands can’t hit what your …

Week in Sponsorship

News, Apr 10 2015

by Jamie Packs & Elias Bresnick

Whopper of a Wedding Wedding announcement photos are surely the pinnacle of elegance. Typically set in some idyllic pastoral scene, or …

Two Men

Literary, Apr 10 2015

by Dash Elhauge

Two men folded their bodies in the wind. One of the men panned his red chin over the landscape. The flurries …

Week in Fools

News, Apr 03 2015

by Kyle Giddon, Elias Bresnick, Dominique Pariso & Dash Elhauge

Abandon hope, all ye who read! The scribes have played a ruse; These penmen hath concocted fibs Yet dare to call …

Exit Right

News, Apr 03 2015

by Sebastian Clark

Soon to be unemployed students of Brown and RISD, you are not alone. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), as …

Memoir of a Young Hacker

Science & Technology, Mar 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge

When I was 13, I wrote a piece of malicious software and put it on my mother’s computer. It took the …

Week in Education

News, Mar 13 2015

by Jamie Packs & Sebastian Clark

Easy as ABC Substitute teachers have an almost mythic allure. They alone offer high school students the prospect of a brief …


A Narrative Week in Review

News, Mar 06 2015

by Dash Elhauge

In 2013, Slate published a piece entitled “You Won’t Finish This Article.” Using a web analytics software called Chartbeat, Slate discovered …

New Windows

A Conversation with Rebecca Traister

Interviews, Feb 27 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

Every time Rebecca Traister sees someone wearing a “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” T-shirt, she feels a rush of …


News, Feb 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge, Lisa Borst & Alex Sammon

No Uglies On a warm autumn day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy sat calmly beside his wife, Jackie, in the …

Week In Abandonment

News, Feb 06 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Dominique Pariso

Leave Your Troubles in the Snow A rosy-cheeked toddler breathes mist out from under a tightly pulled down cap. He wiggles …

Cartooning's Double Face

Oppression and Liberation in the Cartoon World

Arts, Feb 06 2015

by Athena Washburn

“Few things can hurt you more directly than a caricature of yourself, of a group you belong to, or—perhaps worst—of a …


Literary, Feb 06 2015

by Athena Washburn

Tom Wants the Violence of the Crowd in Himself The press of bodies is immense; Tom’s ears are stuffed with noise …

Albany, Albany

Shelly Silver and the Status Quo

News, Jan 30 2015

by Elias Bresnick

The events that culminated in the arrest this past Tuesday of long-standing New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver call to mind …

The Revolution Will Not Be In English

Interpreting in Social Justice Spaces

Metro, Jan 30 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

Roberto Tijerina was eight years old when he was first asked by his aunts and uncles to accompany them to doctors’ …

Week in Shelter

News, Jan 30 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Sebastian Clark

There’s an App for That It’s been confirmed—that was a blizzard this past Tuesday. That powdery shit wrapped around your knees? …

A Sad Anniversary

The Bhopal disaster 30 years on

News, Dec 05 2014

by Sebastian Clark

Thirty years ago on Wednesday, 40 metric tons of toxic gas escaped from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. …

Take It as It Comes

An interview with lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore

Interviews, Dec 05 2014

by Dash Elhauge

Before there were hipsters in faded t-shirts digging through garage sales for vintage tube amps, before kids swiped their grandparents record …

Week in Displacement

News, Nov 21 2014

by Sebastian Clark & Elias Bresnick

In Kindergarten, we called it “gimme, gimme.” Now we call it privatization. OPEN SEASON The Tanzanian government backtracked this week on …

Sinful Spectacle

Television reaches a point of desperation

News, Nov 14 2014

by Elias Bresnick

Last Tuesday, Nik Wallenda attempted a truly staggering feat. A luminary in the field of tight-rope walking, Wallenda twinkle-toed 1,000 feet …

Week in Pageantry

News, Nov 14 2014

by Haley Adams & Dash Elhague

Quite a bit of news, these waning days, gets lost to the humdrum. Print budgets have been slashed, newsrooms downsized, correspondents …

Scatterbrained Sex-Ed

Examining Rhode Island’s patchwork sexual education policies

Metro, Oct 31 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

In December 2007, the Rhode Island branch of the Heritage Foundation, an abstinence-only-until-marriage education provider, shut its doors. For over two …

Hellebore Leaves Solarium

Literary, Oct 24 2014

by Lucia Iglesias

In Hellebore’s Solarium the leaves have begun to scab. They flake verdigris, all celadon and coppery. These exfoliations flurry round a …

Week in Irrationality

News, Oct 24 2014

by India Ennenga, Sebastian Clark & Elias Bresnick

SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM It’s 3 AM, you’ve been up all night working, and you’re hovering somewhere between vindictive frustration and …

No-Sleep Monologue Part 1

Literary, Oct 17 2014

by Athena Washburn

1:00 am January 17: Man: Well Hello Melinda and isn't it a pretty day Melinda: It sure is Man, it sure …


Literary, Oct 03 2014

by Dash Elhauge

Claim: Demetri’s father loves him. Proof: Suppose there exists a mother, call her Jill. Jill has a child. This child is …

Week in Returns

News, Oct 03 2014

by Sebastian Clark & Edward Friedman

WHAT THE FUCK IS A BARRISTER? A British lawyer, basically. One of them, Amal Ramzi Alamuddin—also an activist and author—recently married …


Making sense of the Internet’s most recent infection

News, Oct 03 2014

by Elias Bresnick

In April of this year, the Internet spiraled into a panic after the discovery of a security bug called Heartbleed. Computer …

A Part of Me

Pop-punk’s lo-fi resurgence

Arts, Sep 26 2014

by Dash Elhauge

Dylan Baldi shrugs and strums a couple quick chords on his Gibson. His mustache rolls back and forth over a smile …

Like a Whisper

Rhode Island's quiet depopulation

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Sophie Kasakove & Rick Salamé

In late July I saw James Diossa, the 20-something mayor of Central Falls, shaking hands with supporters of state representative candidate …

Pre-Reflection on the Scottish Independence

News, Sep 19 2014

by Sebastian Clark

I write this article on Tuesday, two days before 4.28 million Scottish people vote on whether they want their nation to …

Homeward Bound

Metro, Sep 19 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Over the past three years, lifelong Providence resident Roline Burgison stood by and watched as her friends, family, and neighbors left …

Pressing the Limits of Free Press

News, Sep 12 2014

by Elias Bresnick

In June of 1972, two little-known journalists working for The Washington Post were assigned to report on a burglary at Watergate, …

Week in Isolation

News, Sep 12 2014

by Sebastian Clark

For some, the summer was long and lonely. While most of you rollicked in sunlit fields to the sweet sound of …

Filthy, Rich Scum

Occult, Apr 25 2014

by Julieta Cárdenas

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Start Up Your Week

News, Apr 11 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Connor McGuigan & Alex Sammon

Late April means one thing: startup season. As DisruptNY, the East Coast’s most prestigious startup showcase, approaches, the excitement is palpable. …

Playable Art

Chinese indie video games at the Ace Hotel

Arts, Apr 04 2014

by Ashwini Natarajan

Computerized sounds echo across the room and Chinese characters flash across screens. Faces hang over them, brows furrowed in confusion. This …

Running the Numbers

predicting suicide bombings

News, Apr 04 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Zeeshan-ul Hassan Usmani communicates best in numbers. The 35-year-old Pakistani is the founder and CEO of GoFig Solutions, an IT firm …

Bosnia-Herzegovnia and Bulgaria: A New Direction

News, Mar 14 2014

by Sebastian Clark

Utopian ideals demanding an overhaul of society are more ably articulated than realistic calls for reform. If the large-scale protests that …

Buy Me Some Peanuts

the new frontier of cracker jacks

Metabolics, Mar 14 2014

by Nicholas Catoni, Kyle Giddon, Lili Rosenkranz & Zeve Sanderson

Sitting and cheering for three hours is hard work. But stadium food isn’t just about sustenance—it’s about the identity of the …

The Week in Secrecy

News, Mar 07 2014

by Sebastian Clark & Emma Wohl

SMOOTH OPERATOR Some time ago, on a lonely Tuesday night, I walked into my local pub. It’s a place of solace, …

Thin Ice

Amateurs and professionals in Olympic Ice Hockey

Metabolics, Feb 28 2014

by Nicholas Catoni

On February 23, the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi came to a close with the Men’s Ice Hockey gold medal …

A Week of Confusion

News, Feb 28 2014

by Vera Carothers, Sebastian Clark & Alex Sammon

Asking “what’s happening?” is often a mindless exercise in small talk. It doesn’t demand an answer. But this time, when you …

All Too Common

Drug overdose in RI

Metro, Feb 28 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

When Jim Gillen arrived for work at the Providence Center on February 4, he found a crowd of his clients dressed …

Fool's Gold

corruption and human rights at Sochi

News, Feb 14 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

Sochi is where Russians go in the winter to escape the winter. The resort town, whose streets are lined with palm …

Week in Stockpiles

News, Feb 07 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Sam Rosen & Emma Wohl

Stuff your cheeks and fill up your pockets. More is always better, right? A BONE TO PICK “I kind of regret …

We Are All In This Together

Dissecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership

News, Jan 31 2014

by Sebastian Clark, Alex Sammon & Emma Wohl

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim nations (Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, the US, …

I Am A Computer

The Artificially Intelligent SmarterChild

News, Dec 06 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

As a child, the late English computer scientist Alan Turing read a book by Edwin Brewster titled Natural Wonders Every Child …

Punk Politics

The Music, The Message

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

“I DON'T WRITE SONGS ABOUT BEACHES OR LOVE,” says local musician and activist Joey DeFrancesco, “Those things just aren’t a part …

Notes from Down Below

The Occult Humanities Conference 2013

Arts, Oct 25 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

The next stop is Wall Street. 8:45AM, Saturday, October 19. MTA construction work means the 4 is running local, which works …

Accidentally On Purpose

ew, cooties

Arts, Oct 13 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

FEAR COMES FROM THE UNKNOWN, the hidden or the invisible. It’s all in your head, but cooties feel so real. For …

Risky Business

An interview with Jodi Kantor

Arts, Oct 10 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

The New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor is a self-proclaimed “journalism junkie,” and it shows. Even over the phone, Kantor’s enthusiasm …

Supernatural Bread

Literary, Sep 19 2013

by Julieta Cárdenas

Hearing that someone else is an alien makes it easier to ask the question “Have you not ever felt the presence …

Lara and the Real Girl

Crofting the Female Body

Arts, May 03 2013

by Emma Janaskie

[start hero] [end hero] A russian henchman pins Lara Croft against the plyboard of a shantytown hut, pawing his hands down …

Pleasure Reading

Open Sesame, Read a Fucking Book

Arts, Apr 27 2013

by Emma Janaskie, Alex Ronan, Erica Schwiegershausen, Doreen St. Félix, Ellora Vilkin & Emma Wohl

Today, we decided we would stop. We took off our shoes, we did not go to work, we forgot about our …

MFA’d to Get Paid

Education and the Art Market

Arts, Apr 26 2013

by Elias Pitegoff

[start hero] [end hero] In October 2012, gerhard richter’s painting “Abstraktes Bild 809-4” sold for $34 million. The sale earned the …

From Water

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2013

by Emma Janaskie & Kate Van Brocklin

“And have you seen the water that you drink? Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is …

From Water

Arts & Culture , Mar 15 2013

by Kate Van Brocklin & Emma Janaskie

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Hog Wild

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Doreen St. Félix, Emma Janaskie & Ellora Vilkin

Imbolc, or the Festival of the Lactating Sheep This day, Imbolc,¹ splits the year between winter solstice and spring equinox. On …

skin & bones

a conversation with taxidermist Becca Barnet

Arts & Culture, May 07 2012

by Gillian Brassil

Becca Barnet is an artist, museum exhibit maker, and taxidermist currently based in Charleston. The Independent spoke to her on the …


Literary, Apr 23 2012

by By Julieta Cárdenas

So what, then, could I have done differently on the night when my mother, a prostitute in Hades came to visit …

Off The Margins

Features, Apr 11 2012

by by Sofia Castello y Tickell

At approximately 6:00 am on January 11, 2012, the decapitated bodies of an unidentified man and woman were found in a …

Haute Cuisine

Food, Apr 10 2012

by By Lucas Morduchowicz

In the 1960s, men were men, the scotch was strong, and airplane food was gourmet. Grilled filet mignon with buttered green …

Bored St. George

Interviews, Apr 10 2012

by Translated & Illustrated by Timothy Nassau

What to make of Georges Bataille? In 1930, André Breton said that he was “psychasthenic,” that he had a “conscience deficit,” …

Computers Building Buildings

Science, Mar 20 2012

by By Raillan Brooks & Lucas Morduchowicz

In November 2011, Michael Hansmeyer’s exhibit “Subdivided Columns – A New Order” at the Gwangju Design Biennale made quite the splash. …


Literary, Mar 18 2012

by By Gillian Brassil

[one]A father and a daughter sit outside eating cheese off a wooden board. They both see a girl with long dark …

On French Films of a Certain Age

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2012

by Gillian Brassil, Belle Cushing, Sarah Denaci & Caroline Sagalchik

Les derniers jours du monde [Happy Ends], (2009) dir. Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu How would the apocalypse happen in France? It …

Perry Bible Fellow: A Conversation with Nicholas Gurewitch

Arts & Culture, Dec 24 2011

by Timothy Nassau

Growing up, I often dreamed I would be the kind of high-minded intellectual badass who carries around a dog-eared copy of …

The Return of the Two Headed Boy

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Emma Janaskie

“How strange it is to be anything at all,” Jeff Mangum mused on the closing line of In the Aeroplane Over …

Over the River

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Emma Janaskie

For the past twenty-something years, installation artists Christo, and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude have been wrapping and draping the world in …

Badasses in the Sciences

Science & Technology, Nov 28 2011

by Joanna Zhang & Ashton Strait

Eric Pianka In 1952, Eric Pianka was a curious 13-year-old exploring the mountainous border between California and Oregon. The Pianka home …

Whitewashed Wale

On illustrating Moby Dick

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Timothy Nassau

I am absolutely bizarrely obsessed with Moby-Dick and with this art,” says Matt Kish. From August 5, 2009 to January 29, …

Aftermath of a Revolution

Uncategorized, Nov 03 2011


Although Libya was formally declared its liberation on October 23, three days after the death of former leader Moammar Gaddafi, the …

WEEK IN REVIEW 3 November 2011

Uncategorized, Nov 03 2011

by Ashton Strait, Amy LaCount & Avery Houser

Security ViolatedAccording to its website, the Transportation Security Administration’s primary role in the airline industry is to “electronically screen millions of …

Regarding the Guard

Arts, Nov 03 2011

by by Emma Janaskie

At its core, McDonagh’s The Guard is hardly more than a romp on the old cops ‘n’ robbers jaunt. Brendan Gleeson …

WEEK IN REVIEW 06 October 2011

Week in Review, Oct 27 2011

by by Ashton Strait, Madilynn Castillo & Christina McCausland

Utahns Strip Down to Break StereotypesIf you were to associate underwear with Utah in any way, it would probably be a …

Dark Materials

Science, Oct 27 2011

by Ashton Strait

In 1990, the aptly-named space shuttle Discovery carried something revolutionary into earth’s orbit—a telescope that could see into the far reaches …

(Un)Secure Communities

Metro, Oct 25 2011

by by Madilynn Castillo

On January 5, 2011 Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) passed an executive order terminating previous governor Donald Carcieri’s (R) Illegal Immigration Control …


Interviews, Oct 11 2011

by by Timothy Nassau

A Conversation with a Lego ArtistTo be deemed a master Lego builder, you must first make a sphere out of the …

A Healthy Dose of Truth

Science, Oct 11 2011

by by Lily Goodspeed & Ashton Strait

A Trip Through a Deceptive SupermarketFifty years ago, e. coli, salmonella, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup were concepts known …

What Has Science Done For You Lately?

Science, Sep 19 2011

by Ashton Strait & Joanna Zhang

It's Created Detonating Cancer BombsA group of scientists from Harvard, MIT, and a Swiss institute (ETH) in Zurich are now testing …

Fallen Water

reflections on the 9/11 memorial competition

arts & culture, Sep 17 2011

by Timothy Nassau

Although it was not sent in the mail, on April 28, 2003, you received an invitation. “On behalf of all New …

Do the Right Thing

Republican presidential candidates

News, Apr 21 2011

by Emily Gogolak, Ashton Strait & Emma Whitford

What to consider as the race begins: Wendy Schiller, US Politics expert and Professor at Brown, on the GOP The GOP …

Week in Review

News, Apr 15 2011

by Emily Gogolak, Anna Matejcek & Ashton Strait

Someone Sticks Up for Immigrants, Finally “I think things are going to go crazy on this,” Utah Republican state Rep. Stephen …

Food Fight

Seasoned Debate on Local Food and Big Agriculture

Metabolics, Apr 15 2011

by Fraser Evans

At the beginning of the year, a few of my housemates approached me with an invitation to participate along with them …

Underdogs through History

arts & culture, Apr 09 2011

by David Adler, Gillian Brassil & Erik Font

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in Scream, Scream 2 and Scream 3. Neve was already in a bad mood when she went …

Week in Review

celebrity meltdown edition

News, Mar 10 2011

by Ana Alvarez & Ashton Strait

Mean Sheen Beaned Flings While the wild ride that has been Charlie Sheen’s very public meltdown over the last two months …

Week in Review: 3/3/11

News, Mar 06 2011

by Emily Gogolak, Ashton Strait & Emma Whitford

THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE FOR A RACIST BILLBOARDLast Wednesday, Texas-based anti-abortion group Life Always erected a racially charged billboard on the …

More Signs

Literary, Mar 06 2011

by Esther Nasty

I just finished some exceedingly demanding work on signs for a certain Brown academic department, reminding the prospective viewer of his/her …


News, Feb 25 2011

by Jonah Kagan, Sam Levinson & Ashton Strait

SHRUNKEN HEADSAccording to University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks, the human brain has been shrinking. Nope, it’s not from all that …

From Arcadia, With Love

Arts, Dec 09 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

Spending time with Rick Roden, an artist whose primary medium is life itself, is being shaken from numbness into awe without …

The Science Behind Everything

Science, Dec 02 2010

by Brian Mastroianni

HEAD OVER TENTACLESI recently saw a nature documentary that showed an octopus wrapping its tentacles lovingly around a diver. It would …

Week in Review 11/18/10

News, Dec 02 2010

by Sam Knowles, Ashton Strait & Jonah Wolf

THE TODAY SHOW[DOWN]Former President George W. Bush reentered the public sphere on November 8 with an exclusive, seemingly endless interview with …

Digesting the October Leak

army reports from the war in Iraq

by Emma Whitford & Ashton Strait

On October 22, 391,831 classified Iraq War logs were made public on the internet. The logs are written primarily by low-ranking …

Week in Review 11/4/10

the kids aren't alright in New York and Iowa

by Ashton Strait & George A. Warner

A Rejected Letter to the Editors of the New York Law Journal In my distinguished career as a Personal Injury Attorney, …

Transient Bodies

Arts, Oct 26 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

Providence-based new media artist Emma Hogarth, originally from Australia, received an MFA from RISD in digital media in 2009. According to …

Week in Review 10/7/10

News, Oct 07 2010

by Deepali Gupta, Ashton Strait, Natalie Villacorta & Emma Whitford

YOGIS FOR CHRIST!Next time you consider changing into spandex and easing into child’s pose, wrap your mind around this: yoga is …

Holy Fizz: Rethinking the Role of Coca-Cola in Rural Mexico

Opinions, Oct 07 2010

by Julieta Cárdenas

1906: “Great National Temperance Beverage”1937: “America’s Favorite Moment”1945: “ A Passport to Refreshment”1948: “ Where There’s A Coke There’s Hospitality”1955: “Americans …

On Tragedy

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

The emergence of an apocalyptic aesthetic is society coping—or rather, becoming one with—the horrifying nature of world affairs and its human …

Public Works Don't Work

News, Sep 23 2010

by Ashton Strait

It looked like hell on earth. I have never seen a ball of fire that huge,” Bob Pellegrini told reporters in …


News, Sep 10 2010

by Ashton Strait

R.I.P. OEDMuch to the dismay of English professors the world over, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) joined a long line of …

POSt TRAUMATIc single player

Arts, Mar 18 2010

by Nicholas Morley

A picture freezes a moment; a song traces emotion in soundwaves; a movie combines the two and adds movement, the subtleties …

Hey Now, So Cow

Arts, Mar 04 2010

by Emma Janaskie

February 19, AS220: A crowd of twenty stood silent. Gangly and guileless, So Cow fumbled about the stage as they set …

For The Record

Arts, Feb 18 2010

by Nicholas morley

It is rare to find a Renaissance man/woman in this day and age. Back when people were still chucking buckets of …

Unlucky Charms

Week in Review, Feb 18 2010

by AS

China has a quite sordid history of lacing their exports with heavy metals (paint and children’s toys with a side of …


Features, Dec 03 2009

by Nicholas Greene

Do you remember the first time you heard a mash-up, perhaps in the basement, after hours of downloading a single track …

Dr. Jil’s predictions ‘n’ prognosis for the new decade

Science, Dec 03 2009

by Gillian Brassil

July 11, 2010: The Croatian soccer team wins the World Cup. Despite not having qualified to compete, the team shows up …

The Legend of Josiah Stinkney Carberry

Features, Nov 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

On January 24, 1929, a young, round-faced professor in Brown’s Department of Classics found the key to a glassed-in bulletin board …


Arts, Nov 12 2009

by Nicholas Greene

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and SonMichael ChabonHarper, 2009$25.99In Berkeley, California, there is a house …

The Legend of Josiah Stinkney Carberry

arts & culture, Nov 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

On January 24, 1929, a young, round-faced professor in Brown’s Department ofClassics found the key to a glassed-in bulletin board in …

The Fandom that is Our Family

Michael Chabon spars with Dad-Lit

arts & culture, Nov 12 2009

by Nicholas Greene

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, andSon Michael Chabon Harper, 2009 $25.99 In Berkeley, California, there …

How To Get Down

Metro, Nov 07 2009

by Natan Last

It’s not very enjoyable to be in a car with me. Steering wheel drumming aside, I can barely go a mile …

Arts Bar

Arts, Nov 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Obama To Visual Artists, Writers: De-niedOn Monday night, Obama named the 25 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and …

System Errors

Opinions, Nov 05 2009

by William Tomasko

American democracy is still a work in progress. Granted, if the be-britched framers of the Constitution had had it their way, …

From The Editors

From the Editors, Nov 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Last Wednesday, after almost a year of procedural hold-ups, Spain’s government began to exhume six mass graves near the Andalusian town …

How To Get Down (and Across) in the NYT Crossword

boxstory, Nov 05 2009

by Natan Last

It’s not very enjoyable to be in a car with me. Steering wheel drumming aside, I can barely go a mile …

From The Editors

From the Editors, Nov 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Last Wednesday, after almost a year of procedural hold- ups, Spain’s government began to exhume six mass graves near the Andalusian …

The Hill That Isn't

Features, Oct 29 2009

by Nicholas Greene

On the hill there were no houses. There were no churches or restaurants or sewers, nor did children play in streets …

Women Past the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

"Antichrist" and "Precious" at the New York Film Festival

arts & culture, Oct 22 2009

by Lee Dallas

The press has endowed Lee Daniels’s Precious: Basedon the Novel Push by Sapphire and Lars Von Trier’sAntichrist with a mythic quality …


Opinions, arts & cultures, Oct 09 2009

by Gillian Brassil, Jonah Delmar, Tarah Knaresboro, Kaela Myers, Katie Okamoto & John Szymanski

Things, historically speaking, go badly when only one person is allowedto have an opinion.It’s how dictators happen, and Hugo Chavez’s variety …

For the Record

Arts & Culture, Sep 28 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Wolfe Moon,Tallahassee [self-released], 2009 All too often, "local music"is just a euphemismfor "my older brother’sshittypower-pop trio,"but for those of us fortunateenough …

Where My Concerts At

the politics of free concert series’ success

arts & culture, Sep 18 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Pretend, for a second, that you are tasked with finding free summer concerts that moderately-hip urbanites would like to attend, but …

Bring Back the Effigy

all I really want is for people to start burning other people

arts & culture, Apr 30 2009

by Gillian Brassil

All I really want is for people to start burning other people.Don't give me that look—you read the title, you knew …


Arts, Apr 09 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Nicholas Mosley is a novelist hailing from London, England. Born into the British upper crust--he carries the title of 3rd Baron …


Literary, Mar 19 2009

by Nicholas Chung

People still make the distinction between women and men's bikes because many men don't wear dresses. I ride my women's bike …


Metro, Mar 19 2009

by Gillian Brassil

NICKS ON BROADWAY500 BROADWAYI'm an avid reader of Esquire--but let's not get into that--so I sighed with disappointment when I saw …


Metro, Mar 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Eric Chaika is a professional tobacconist who runs the Red Carpet Smoke Shop on Waterman Street with his wife, Kim. Bespectacled …


Metro, Mar 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Jason Yoon is the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nonprofit arts organization on Westminster Street that provides mentorship for …


Metro, Feb 26 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch run Tiny Showcase, an online, well, showcase for small art that has ranged from posters to …


Metro, Feb 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Daniel Kamil has co-owned the Cable Car Cinema & Caf√© with his wife, Rachel, since October 2008. He hails from New …


Metro, Feb 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

Jonathan Thomas has been publishing horror stories since 1992. Born in Providence and raised in Woonsocket, he holds a BA and …


Literary, Nov 20 2008

by Kasey Genin

canonical, in Ponytail and Beard Bermuda Shorts and day-old T-shirt. Hierophant of homeomorphism, compact space and categorical theory. There is nothing …

Before My Watch is Over

News, Mar 13 2008

by Nicholas Green

On Monday, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk left Washington, DC the proud owner of a portion of the United States' Missile …