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Chateau Gato

Literary, Oct 30 2020

by Drake Rebman

There’s a crusty furball in the cookie jar And a Siamese cat ‘round the grandma clock With a polydactyl claw on …

The Lotus Pepper

The making of food truck home cooking

Metro, Oct 30 2020

by Olivia Mayeda

At six years old, Young Nguyen tucked herself into the underbellies of a shrine. A heavy, cement Buddha guarded her from …

Counselors Not Cops

The fight for police-free Providence schools

Metro, Oct 30 2020

by Mara Cavallaro

content warning: police brutality, school shootings, and suicide As early as the 6th grade, Jayson Rodriguez saw police officers arrest, tackle, …

Week in Swamp Creatures

News, Oct 30 2020

by Bowen Chen, Gemma Sack & Alan Dean

JACINDA ARDERN IS QUEEN. In the past weeks and months, there has been a lot of news circulating regarding the upcoming …

A Broken System Set Ablaze

Seeking safe shelter on the island of Lesvos

News, Oct 30 2020

by Marina Hunt

Thirteen thousand refugees and migrants were uprooted once again when Europe’s largest refugee camp, Moria, on the Greek island of Lesvos, …

Déjà Vu en el Distrito Escolar de Providence

Dos décadas, dos informes

Metro, Oct 22 2020

by Alicia Mier

Nos complace anunciar que, con el objetivo de hacer nuestro trabajo más accesible para las comunidades hispanohablantes de Rhode Island, estaremos …

Week in Noble Beasts

News, Oct 22 2020

by Nell Salzman & Loughlin Neuert

RACCOUP D’ÉTAT AT THE WHITE HOUSE? Raccoons invaded the White House lawn this week. Though they’ve mostly been stepping on telecaster …

What Swans Teach Us About Life

A Lesson on Heartbreak

Features, Oct 22 2020

by Nell Salzman

On a run the other morning, I passed a swan with its head face-down in the water. I stopped on the …

The Crux of the Coop

Examining elements of Rhode Island’s progressive coalition

Metro, Oct 22 2020

by Bilal Memon

Over the summer, every Friday afternoon like clockwork, I received a text from a friend asking me to go canvassing with …

Mesh Hug

X, Oct 22 2020

by Yumen Gai

Buckle Up

X, Oct 16 2020

by Mehek Vohra


Ephemera, Oct 16 2020

by Iman Husain

Don't Throw Riders Under the Bus

RIDOT’s flawed “multi-hub” plan faces public opposition

Metro, Oct 16 2020

by Amelia Anthony

On any given day, Kennedy Plaza bustles with energy. Between the district court, Burnside Park, a skating rink, City Hall, the …

Imagining Indigenous Futures

The fight to save the West Berkeley Shellmound

News, Oct 16 2020

by Nicole Kim

On September 24, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) released their 2020 list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places,” …

the five love languages

Literary, Oct 16 2020

by Mara Cavallaro

the five love languages one. a love letter written in green pen with my favorite kind of punctuation interspersed throughout two. …

Justice As Seen on TV

Searching for peace in murder media

Arts, Oct 09 2020

by Anonymous

content warning: discussions of assault, police violence, mentions of rape, mentions and depictions of murder My senior year of high school, …

Against Austerity

A justice budget for Rhode Island

Metro, Oct 09 2020

by Leela Berman

September 22, at the foot of the Rhode Island State House, mother-of-three Sucely Murillo recounted the abuse she had faced from …

Searching for Stability

Redefining home in San Francisco

Features, Oct 09 2020

by Evie Hidysmith

When I think of home, I do not picture the house I grew up in. Instead, I’m eating dried apricots with …

The Future Memory of Food

The kitchen is a site of protest, the garden blooms a resistance

Features, Oct 09 2020

by Rhythm Rastogi

In the warm, yellow light of the afternoon sun, my mother’s and my hands look the same. Poking around to find …

Wondrous Omens

On collecting and letting go

Science & Technology, Oct 09 2020

by Mariel Solomon

My shadow forms a resonant shell And the poet listens to his past In the shell of his body’s shadow -Maxime …

Week in Celebrity Babies

News, Oct 09 2020

by Kaela Hines & Nick Michael

THE GREAT DEBATERS In last week’s presidential debate on September 29, President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden went …

"I May Destroy You" May Just Heal You

Arts, Oct 02 2020

by Osayuwamen “Uwa” Ede-Osifo

content warning: sexual assault, racism, and plot spoilers "Prior to being raped, I never took much notice of being a woman. …

Collection Poems

Literary, Oct 02 2020

by Nick Michael

sun drop I wonder when I will watch the sun drop for the last time, melt behind endless mass a lions …

Imagining Otherwise

On making technology local

Science & Technology, Oct 02 2020

by Anonymous

There are only so many universes that concern us /In one, he isn’t dead /In another, you drink lights with your …

The Crisis Within a Crisis

The Story of COVID-19 and Evictions in Providence

Metro, Oct 02 2020

by Amelia Anthony & Phoebe Ayres

We’ve just crossed the seven-month marker of the pandemic’s presence in the United States, which means that seven months of rent …

'Tiger Widows'

Understanding Strife in the World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

News, Oct 02 2020

by Rhythm Rastogi

content warning: mentions of PTSD, discussions of trauma and suicide, descriptions of violence In May of 2020, the eastern states of …

Progressive Percolation

A selection of profiles on the state’s most forward-thinking politicians

Metro, Sep 25 2020

by Morgan Awner, Uwa Ede-Osifo, Lucas Gelfond, Ricardo Gomez, Leo Gordon, Elana Hausknecht, Evie Hidysmith, Rose Houglet, Deborah Marini, Vicky Phan & Peder Schaefer

On September 8, progressive candidates across Rhode Island swept the local Democratic primaries, upsetting incumbent Democrats in a way that made …

Afternoons in Bright Rooms

Literary, Sep 25 2020

by Nicole Kim

thinking about afternoons spent in bright rooms: a constellation is spilling out from in between your eyes— I wake up again, …

The Rise Of @blackivystories: Confronting Racism in the Ivy League

An Instagram account pressures the Ivies to take accountability

News, Sep 25 2020

by Aicha Sama

“During an important meeting, someone told me she was glad I straightened my hair because I looked more ‘professional.’” —Brown University …

The Double Public Health Crisis

News, Sep 23 2020

by Neha Mukherjee

On March 18th, 2020, with hundreds of thousands already infected with the novel coronavirus, President Trump released this tweet: “I always …

Meet the Ziffers

Literary, Sep 23 2020

by Drake Rebman

“The only thing about being way up high that sucks is you’re too far to see down ladies’ shirts.” Terry told …

Love poem from a wingless bird

Literary, Sep 23 2020

by Anonymous

Flocks screeching on trembling tree crowns, Chests implode, Flashing through pinioned limbs into the compressing void. Quivering necks straining to reach …

Psychedelic Grief

Escapism in the world of The Midnight Gospel

Arts, Sep 23 2020

by Evie Hidysmith

content warning: depictions of violence and discussions of death As I settle into my sixth month of social distancing, I’ve watched …

When a Dorm is Not a Home

The institutional harms caused by Brown’s Office of Residential Life

Metro, Aug 07 2020

by Mira Ortegon

content warning: sexual assault Paint peeling down the walls, a broken heating system, and mice scampering under the bed. As many …

The Plight and Fight to Vote as an American Immigrant

COVID-19 complicates voting for new Americans

News, Aug 07 2020

by Aicha Sama

The ongoing pandemic has changed the dynamics of voting, making the electoral process even more daunting for new Americans. Because of …

Refrigerators in the Future

Literary, May 19 2020

by Catherine Habgood & Tara Sharma

The house is ours for one month, the insides cluttered with wind meters and amphibian figurines.We eat the breakfast at the …

Music, Mischief, and Blisters

Wedding season commences in Sudan

Features, May 01 2020

by Muram Ibrahim

Drumbeats loud enough to ripple through the Nile, caterers pressed to make over 200meals, children running around, ruining their fancy dresses …

The Urgency of Shame

A conversation with writer Garth Greenwell

Arts, May 01 2020

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Evan Lincoln

Near the beginning of Garth Greenwell's first novel What Belongs To You, the narrator checks into a seedy hotel on the …

The EXTRA! Files

Features, May 01 2020

by Alana Baer, Ben Bienstock, Sarah Goldman, Tara Sharma, Ivy Scott, Wen Zhuang, Kion You, Leslie Benavides & Ella Spungen

Volume 40 of the College Hill Independent marks, strangely enough, our 30th anniversary. Thirty years of Metro reporting, 600 Weeks Reviewed, …

On Huikau

Tensions simmering in the melting pot

Features, May 01 2020

by Jacob Alabab-Moser

I have photos that help me recall the day my Aunty and Uncle took me to the summit of Maunakea around …

On Track?

Advanced academics and the pipeline to Classical

Metro, May 01 2020

by Mara Cavallaro

An increasingly broad body of social science research demonstrates that educational tracking—the separation of students by evaluated academic ability—disproportionately disadvantages low-income …

Doomed by Design

Unnatural disasters, from Katrina to COVID

Science & Technology, May 01 2020

by Maya Glicksman

Picture the forest from our favorite philosophical thought experiment—if a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to …

Get it in Writing

Maximalist Journaling in Crisis and Calmness

Features, Apr 24 2020

by Amelia Anthony

cw: abuse, gaslighting If someone you are about to date for a long time mentions that they have previously read their …

O, It’s Manifold

Poems and Flash Fiction

Literary, Apr 24 2020

by Natalie Zummer

O, It’s Manifold I. They embalmed all the women in one Museum. Critics write, What a surfeit Of hidden beauty! Competence …

The EFF and the Anticolonial Struggle

What can students learn from South Africa's fastest-growing political movement?

News, Apr 24 2020

by Iryumugaba Biko

It has been nearly three decades since Black people in South Africa emerged victorious from the bitter struggle against apartheid through …

Week in State Feuds

News, Apr 24 2020

by Leela Berman

States whose biggest beef with each other typically involves passing a pigskin have gone one step further during this global pandemic …

Lost in Translation

Providence public schools, multilingual pedagogy, and the coronavirus crisis

Metro, Apr 24 2020

by Leela Berman

ENTERING: The language of achievement and deficit Two comprehensive reports researching the conditions in the Providence Public School District (PPSD) came …

The In-Between Times

Literary, Apr 23 2020

by Miranda Luiz

My mother used to tell me that we feel the blues because we’re Jews. We connect to the sound of suffering. …

Gold, Alone

On finding beauty in moments of solitude

Features, Apr 23 2020

by Marie Lachance

I took a photo of the crown before I knew what it meant. It looked like a flimsy grade-school art project, …

Farm to Quarantine

News, Apr 17 2020

by Gemma Sack

I landed in Spain on March 3, the same day health officials reported the country’s first death from the coronavirus. At …

Sitting Places

An incomplete list of seats

Features, Apr 17 2020

by Maddie Mahoney

DINING CHAIR Do you ever sit in someone else’s kitchen while they cook for you? You drink half a glass of …

Bracing for Crisis

The EU turns a blind eye to overcrowded refugee camps in Greece

News, Apr 17 2020

by Emily Rust

“My name is Omar. I am from Syria. I am in Greece, on Leros island. This is the minor section, next …

Cities in Nonexistent Spaces

Notes on a virtual performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Lunar Opera

Arts, Apr 17 2020

by Seamus Flynn

I was late for the soundcheck. Fifteen minutes after the hour, I was still seeking the perfect position for my computer …

Amazon Strikes

Warehouse Workers in Staten Island Inspire Walkouts Across the Country

Science & Technology, Apr 17 2020

by Bilal Memon

It is often said that in times of crisis, people and nations show their true colors. Blurry lines sharpen as the …

Looking for Love in the Pleasurebot Years

Literary, Apr 10 2020

by Jaime Serrato Marks

creation story [2020-2024] VC flicked through four dating apps every night looking for someone to hold. He promised, in his bio …


Dorothy Wordsworth, ruin-porn, and a call for sensory ethnography

Science & Technology, Apr 10 2020

by Tara Sharma

Between May of 1800 and January of 1803, while living in a cottage in England’s northwest Lake District, Dorothy Wordsworth diligently …

Week in Wiping vs Washing

News, Apr 10 2020

by Gemma Sack

OUR ANUSES, OURSELVES In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks, Americans have begun to …

White Terror

Notes on Race and the Politics of Fear in America

Features, Apr 09 2020

by Osayuwamen “Uwa” Ede-Osifo

content warning: anti-Black violence, police violence +++ I, without a thought of conquest, find myself among a people whose culture controls …

Holding Space for Uncertainty

A Conversation with Writer Maggie Nelson

Features, Apr 09 2020

by Mia Pattillo & Mara Dolan

These are certainly peculiar times. Many of us are spending more hours of the day with ourselves than ever before. We …

In the Mood for Love

Literary, Mar 27 2020

by Emily Yang

He saw the first one when he caught its corner behind a dust-bound volume of textbooks. A wrinkled page torn from …

Civic Duty Calls

Contested Civic Education in Providence

Metro, Mar 27 2020

by Marina Hunt

Standing in front of a poster board she had prepared for the Providence Community Day at Asa Messer Elementary, Chloe Feit, …

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 …

Week in Worship

News, Mar 27 2020

by Amelia Anthony & Alisa Caira

SOYlent Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. This time mimics the same long 40 days in which Jesus …


Finding Home at a Filipino Restaurant in Amman

Features, Mar 13 2020

by Olivia Mayeda

Across the traffic circle, through screens of dust and exhaust, I could see that the long line of sandy buildings met …

School District Déja Vu

Two Education Reports, Two Decades Apart

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Alicia Mies

This is the first installment in the Chalked Up Metro series The year was 1993. The Providence River was still covered …

"I Let The Establishment Into My Home"

a modern sob story

Ephemera, Mar 13 2020

by Sindura Sriram

I live in the little blue house on Kim Street with my mommy, my dad, and our small feline overlord. His …

Chalked Up

Introducing an Indy series on public education in RI

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Deborah Marini, Ricardo Gomez & Miles Guggenheim

In 1993, the Public Education Fund—a nonprofit organization composed of Providence business leaders, educators, and citizens concerned about local schools—sponsored a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Detention, Incarceration, Deportation

The Wyatt Detention Center and the national prison-industrial complex

Metro, Mar 03 2020

by Leela Berman

PLACING THE WYATT IN CENTRAL FALLS The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is located across from a park. A wide expanse …

Sirens, Camera, Action

Policing entertainment in East Providence

Metro, Feb 15 2020

by Miles Guggenheim

The sun is officially down, but a morose blue still lingers in the sky behind Sergeant Michael Rapoza. He’s driving somewhere, …

On the Almost Liberating Possibilities of Moshing

A Personal Politics of Mosh Pits

Features, Feb 15 2020

by Jaime Serrato Marks

I was first introduced to moshing by the massive bruise on my coworker Dannyboi’s cheek. Dannyboi shuffled into the ice cream …

Unchartered Territory

Charter changes illustrate the tightening restrictions placed on academic life in China

News, Feb 15 2020

by Emily Rust

Toward the end of 2019, three Chinese universities made international headlines for an event that some deemed a matter of semantics …

Week in Being Sweet

News, Feb 15 2020

by Amelia Anthony & Ella Rosenblatt

THREE LIVES SAVED, NO SECOND DATE? Valentine’s Day creeps closer and you’re still waiting for your Datamatch results. So you swipe. …

From the Editors

FTE, Feb 14 2020

by SAM

We’re gonna be honest. There’s a lot of stuff going on this week. 1917 has 10 Oscar nominations. You’re holding issue …

Molehills Out of Mountains

A close look at Governor Raimondo's 2021 Budget Proposal

Metro, Feb 14 2020

by Deb Marini & Ricardo Gomez

Reading budgets is like eating broccoli stems: miserable! Gina Governor Raimondo’s annual budget proposal, released this past January, is a multivolume …

Nước is Water

Features, Feb 14 2020

by Agnes Cẩm Ngọc Trần

Nước is water. Nước is country. The streams and seas of nước that my parents crossed in 1979 to reach a …

Crisis in Discourse

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2020

by Emily Rust

In recent years, China has moved up the value chain. No longer the world’s cheap factory, it has passed on the …

Week in Keeping Busy

News, Feb 14 2020

by Muram Ibrahim, Harry Levine, Bilal Memon & Nick Roblee-Strauss

MEGAN THEE STALLION + G-EAZY = <3 Celebrity gossip rarely startles us anymore. Impeachment proceedings and foreign assassinations have occupied our …


Haircuts as a catalyst for change

Features, Dec 06 2019

by Morgan Florsheim

It was a Wednesday afternoon in mid-March of 2013 and I was seated in a chair on the basketball court of …

Mapping Capital

Urban disinvestment on the small screen

Science & Technology, Dec 06 2019

by Ella Comberg

Vince Staples’ music video “FUN!” opens on a digital rendering of the planet Earth. The camera zooms in rapidly—as many of …

Chile Despertó

Paula Pacheco Soto on the Chilean student movement in historical perspective

News, Dec 06 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser, Izzi Olive & Paula Pacheco Soto

October 26 Chile has long been heralded as one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America and an example of …

The Cold Shoulder

A flawed system is endangering RI’s homeless

Metro, Dec 06 2019

by Deborah Marini, Loughlin Neuert & Peder Schaefer

When Harry lost his home in October, he went to one of Rhode Island’s largest emergency shelters: Crossroads Rhode Island. He …

Week in Comfort Food

News, Dec 06 2019

by Gemma Sack & Alan Dean

Movable Feast “Everybody get their plates, sit down, and eat,” commuters heard, loud and clear, in a subway car in New …

Save the BCSC

Alumni Stand in Support of Student Activism

News, Dec 06 2019

by Concerned Brown Alumni

We, the undersigned alumni of Brown University, write to express serious concern with the troubling atmosphere and recent heartbreaking student experiences …

From the Editors

FTE, Nov 22 2019

by M & M

Have you ever picked the peanut pieces out of chunky peanut butter with chopsticks? Meticulously, delicately, carefully, assuredly. The obsession with …

In the Making

Examining the legacies of the Gorham Manufacturing Company

Arts, Nov 22 2019

by Bilal Memon

A silver spoon the size of a Great Dane immediately confronts anyone exiting the elevator on the third floor of the …

Two Stories

Literary, Nov 22 2019

by Pia Mileaf-Patel & Emma Kofman

TONGUES “Do you want to touch tongues?” Ella asked me. We sat underneath one of the fold-out plastic tables boasting boxes …

What Brown Could Pay

Brown’s property tax exemption and the crisis of public school funding

Metro, Nov 22 2019

by Hal Triedman & Sara Van Horn

“How is it that a city—a small city—can continue to have public schools that fail repeatedly?” In an interview with the …


X, Nov 15 2019

by Bee Mitchell

Reality Check

Psychedelics, mysticism, and the American scientific establishment

Science & Technology, Nov 15 2019

by Gemma Sack

In 1956, psychiatrist Humphry Osmond wrote to his friend and correspondent, author and philosopher Aldous Huxley: “To fall in Hell or …

Reflections on Hong Kong

Features, Nov 15 2019

by Liana Chaplain, Miranda Van-Boswell, Anonymous & Flo Li

This week, Features and News collaborated to invite four students from Hong Kong to reflect on the country's ongoing and escalating …

Making Ends Meet

Food Insecurity in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Kshitij Sachan, John Graves & Nell Salzman

Rows of shelves, stretching from the floor to the high ceiling, hold hundreds of pallets of everything from canned beans to …

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 …

Week in Unlikely Vessels

News, Nov 15 2019

by Tammuz Frankel & Roxanne Barnes

RUNNING ON WATER Last month, a pair of sneakers embedded with vesicles of holy water sold out within minutes of its …

Fire Power

PG&E and the California wildfire crisis

News, Nov 01 2019

by Ricardo Gomez

Images of firestorms, burning hills, and charred neighborhoods in California are becoming the horrid icons of the future’s climate. The state’s …

The Perfect Companion

How sexbots yoke intimacy to exploitation

Features, Nov 01 2019

by Mia Pattillo

“Goodbye loneliness!” reads the homepage of RealDollX, where anyone can purchase a life-size, silicone, human-looking sex robot for the price of …

Week in Ornaments

News, Nov 01 2019

by Deborah Marini & Alina Kulman

BRAINTREE's Monster house Halloween is under siege, and it’s a whole lot more personal than Starbucks’ red cups. The battleground for …

Dispatches From Pronk

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Chris Packs, Eve O'Shea, Mayo Saji & Miranda Van-Boswell

Last Monday, hundreds of Providence residents—artists, activists, students, misfits, puppets—danced the night away to the upbeat cacophony of Providence’s own What …

Speaking Up

Negotiating Tulsi Gabbard’s place in the media landscape

News, Oct 25 2019

by Olympe Scherer

Some have never heard of presidential candidate US Representative Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI]. Others complain she’s making too much noise. In August, …

Week in Pulling Out

News, Oct 25 2019

by Emily Rust & Olivia George

RECIPE FOR DISASTER Forget pumpkin spice—it’s peach mint season. Earlier this month, NBC’s Ken Dilanian made Twitter aware of a recent …

Levin’s Legacy

To Fund Communities or Jails?

News, Oct 11 2019

by Julia Chang, Eli Hadley, Sophie Kupetz, Mayo Saji & Misty Wilson

New York City Council Member Stephen Levin B’03, is trying to push through an $11 billion jail expansion plan in New …

Game Change

A narrative of Gamergate through the lens of games

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Miles Guggenheim

In 2014, a break-up on social media exploded into an online battleground. Here, on the planes of Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, and …


Literary, Oct 11 2019

by Matthew Litman

All Al could talk about was how excited he was for dinner. He said his wife was cooking something special. “I …

Mosquito Trap

Everything you (wish you didn’t) need to know about Triple E

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Emma Kofman

Consider this hypothetical scenario: mosquitoes carrying an infection with a 30-percent mortality rate have taken over, and you are the only …

The Bully Buster

Monica Huertas: Democrat for Ward 10

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Deborah Marini

She stood amid overturned toy castles and idle trucks and talked canvassing routes, missed calls from constituents, and the newest batch …

Week in Tête-à-Têtes

News, Oct 11 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Hal Triedman

THE NAMESAKE Name recognition is important in politics. Regardless of a politician’s public favor, constituents must know who they are before …

Making Cyber Space

Antitrust and Big Tech

Science & Technology, Oct 04 2019

by Bilal Memon

Before he was the face of billionaire philanthropy, Bill Gates sat in the deposition chair of the United States District Court …

Plants and the City

A new vegan restaurant’s place on College Hill

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Muskaan Garg

Approach the new pedestrian bridge on the Providence River on a weekend night and you might quickly be distracted by crowds, …

iWork, uWork, WeWork

How the coworking industry is failing freelancers

Features, Oct 04 2019

by Amelia Anthony

I was one of 500,000 coworking Americans in 2017 when I had a summer job at a small coworking space in …

Not For Sale

Beyond Greenland's media moment

News, Oct 04 2019

by Emily Rust

“Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal.” In the middle of August, the world was witness to yet another media circus …

Week in Civic Engagement

News, Oct 04 2019

by Kion You & Noah Mlyn

I ONLY SEE ONE RACE: THE HUMAN RACE To understand Woonsocket’s City Council meeting on Monday, September 16, we can begin …

Body Talk

On wounds and the loneliest form of memory

Features, Sep 27 2019

by Parisa Thepmankorn

content warning:depictions of blood and wounds When faced with a missing person or examining an unnamed or unclaimed body, the police …

Treading Water

Can the ProJo stay afloat in the Ocean State?

Metro, Sep 27 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Peder Schaefer

Before ad revenue dried up, and before the financial crisis, and Facebook, and the smartphone, and Craigslist, the Providence Journal was …

A Common Cold War

The political history of phage therapy

Science & Technology, Sep 27 2019

by Mohannad Jabrah

Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn has a fungus problem. In May of 2018, a patient was admitted for abdominal surgery. He …

Catering Contract Concerns

An open letter on catering workers’ contract negotiations

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Noa Machover & Nora Lawrence

Since September 2018, Brown University catering service employees have been negotiating their contract with the University in an attempt to unionize. …

Disney To Dust

Cultural nostalgia and cynicism in live action remakes

Arts, Sep 21 2019

by Tristan St. Germain

In 2019, the Walt Disney Company became the very first studio to release five films that each grossed over one billion …

Beyond #MeToo

Transformative Justice on College Campuses

Features, Sep 21 2019

by Camila Pelsinger

content warning: sexual violence This week, the Features editors invited Camila Pelsinger B’20, Transformative Justice Student Coordinator, to author a piece …

Social Determinants

The DRC Ebola outbreak, explained

News, Sep 20 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Izzi Olive

“They were dying slowly—it was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but …

Week in Vape Nations

News, Sep 20 2019

by Alan Dean & Ricardo Gomez

CLOUDLESS SKIES ABOVE SALT LAKE CITY The emergence of damning new evidence demonstrating the danger of vaping and e-cigarettes feels like …

Providence Bites

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Ella Comberg & Miles Guggenheim

Providence Can't JUMP by Ella Comberg I risk hyperbole when I say that the first time I rode a JUMP bike, …

Then What Isn't?

Literary, Sep 13 2019

by Miles Guggenheim

Thomas did not see the squirrel. He saw a wooden chair resting sideways on the ground. He saw a broken glass …

“It Needs To Be In Our Hands”

An Interview with the Jane Collective’s Heather Booth

Features, Sep 13 2019

by Mara Dolan & Mia Pattillo

In 1965, Heather Booth received a desperate phone call from a friend whose sister needed an abortion. Booth called around and …

Francoists in the Shadows

The far right in Spain's main conservative party

News, Sep 13 2019

by Clara Gutman Argemí

Vox, the nationalist, anti-immigration party that broke into Spain's Congress of Deputies last April, may be new to the Spanish political …

The Need For Speed

5G and the next chapter of the digital divide

Science & Technology, Sep 13 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

5G coverage in Rhode Island Scattered around the streets of Providence, clusters of gray boxes sit perched atop telephone poles and …

We're Not Gonna Take It

Contesting the state takeover of the Providence Public School District

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Alina Kulman & Sara Van Horn

In late June, the Providence Public School District was rocked by a devastating report that implicated everyone from teachers to governmental …

Week in Invasion of Privacy

News, Sep 13 2019

by Gemma Sack & Roxanne Barnes

SHE KNEW HE WAS TROUBLE “I think he knows his footprints/On the sidewalk/Lead to where I can’t stop/Go there every night,” …

Week in Video Giants

News, Apr 19 2019

by Alan Dean, Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Peder Schaefer & Aayushi Khowala

Stuck in the Tape Deck If the mediocre 2013 Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand had been released in 2004, …

Keep Your Tongue in its Cage

Protest art and revolution in Kuwait, Sudan, and Egypt

News, Apr 12 2019

by Mohannad Jabrah

On February 25th, the Kuwaiti government abruptly announced that it would be cancelling a performance by Mashrou’ Leila, a five-member Lebanese …

As Seen From Above

Digital archaeology in Afghanistan

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

In a dusty, treeless valley south of Kabul, Afghanistan, the ancient walls of Mes Aynak almost blend into the surrounding earth. …

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 …

From The Editors

FTE, Apr 04 2019

by Professor Mike Fink, Literary Arts + Studies & RISD

We received the following letter last week, which felt urgent enough to share: “A fortnight ago a handsome plaque or pennant …

A Friday For Our Future

An interview with the organizers of the Rhode Island Youth Climate Strike

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Mara Dolan

At 11AM on Friday, March 15, hundreds of thousands of students around the world walked out of their classrooms. From London …


On swamps, deserts, and sites of old selves

Features, Apr 04 2019

by Tara Sharma

In Southern Appalachia, the forests have been burying themselves for millennia. The trees collapse where the forest floor puddles: thick floods …

Rendering Deep Time

Science & Technology, Apr 04 2019

by Gemma Sack

“Consider the Earth’s history as the old measure of the English yard, the distance from the king’s nose to the tip …

Sealing the Deal

Competing narratives of conservation in the Narragansett Bay

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Hal Triedman

It was not ideal weather for seal watching. The wind coming off of Rome Point was strong and unflagging, pressing against …

Rhode Island is Famous for You

Crimetown, and the problem of Providence's mob narrative

Arts, Apr 04 2019

by Ella Comberg

My Italian-American father tells one of our family’s best stories. I heard it again recently after I asked him, mostly in …

From the Editors

FTE, Mar 22 2019

by JAM

There are rotting bunches of kale in our fridges; our floors are still sticky with the residue of melted snow trekked …

Week in Archaic Institutions

News, Mar 22 2019

by Giacomo Sartorelli, Raina Wellman & Kevin Dong

Awake, Arise, Or Be Forever Fall’n Wednesday’s vernal equinox heralded the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but most of …

Two Stories

Literary, Mar 22 2019

by Cam Collins

Duck Chainsaw Lost Nevada has a red sky but it’s never violent to anyone who’s born there, only the ones that …

Exit Interview with My Grandmother

On 76th between Columbus and Amsterdam, a ninety-two year old woman is reading Sally Rooney

Features, Mar 22 2019

by Lily Meyersohn

My grandmother serves me small lunches she likes to call gourmet. Ham, whole wheat, mustard, assorted cookies my mother brings my …

Dogs Affixed

Pet taxidermy, cloning, and mourning

Science & Technology, Mar 22 2019

by Emma Kofman

At a business meeting, a woman walks my mom into an office and introduces her dog, Chelsea, a black-haired Chihuahua with …

The Individual Uniform

Sartorial representation from the fig leaf to the turtleneck

Arts, Mar 22 2019

by Bilal Memon

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and that it was desirable …

Intestines, and How We Were Never Born

Science & Technology, Mar 22 2019

by Seamus Flynn

I’m five years old, waiting alone in my mom's office at the Zen Buddhist practice center she helps run. I don’t …

There's Still Something in the Water

The Public Health Crisis of Providence's Lead Pipes

Metro, Mar 22 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & Ricardo Gomez

The Providence Water headquarters in Lower South Providence is wedged between Mashapaug Pond—contaminated, still, from toxic waste emitted by the old …

From The Editors

FTE, Mar 15 2019

by BM & NRS

‘Twas a brisk March morning. Our collective innards grumbled, as we approached the refectory’s gates. A newsboy, clad in dungarees and …

Building a Bigger Table

A look at Cohen v. Brown and legal battles over Title IX, in athletics and beyond

Metro, Mar 15 2019

by Amelia Anthony

content warning: sexual assault Lifetime civil rights attorney Lynette Labinger is sharp and confident, sitting across from me in an ornately-decorated …

Survivors Have Said "Me Too"

Now what should their perpetrators say?

Features, Mar 15 2019

by Marie Lachance

content warning: sexual assault “Hey, I have a really serious question for you that hasn’t been addressed ever,” reads the text …

Among the Iguanas

On life and the pursuit of death in Guantánamo Bay

Features, Mar 15 2019

by Jessica Bram Murphy

content warning: descriptions of death and torture In Taíno, an indigenous language of the Caribbean islands, Guantánamo means “land between the …

Week in Upgrades

News, Mar 08 2019

by Grace Keefe, Gabby Bianco & Maya Bjornson

Robots Hit the Rhodes Years from now, in the throes of the Artificial Intelligence Takeover we all know is coming, when …

Captioning Fascism

Memes, misinformation, and political fatigue in Bolsonaro's Brazil

News, Mar 08 2019

by Adam Fertig

“Don’t worry, everybody, everything will get better after the 2014 World Cup.” This tweet has been immortalized in reaction GIFs, YouTube …

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 …

"To Hell with the Stadium"

Can building trades and the left find common ground?

Metro, Mar 08 2019

by Harry August & Michael Shorris

At a July 19 Providence City Council hearing, local progressive activists and local construction unions clashed. Chants and shouts from the …

Scenic Depictions of Slavic Life

Building a language of irony in Latvian counter-culture

Features, Mar 08 2019

by Alan Emory Dean

“The Slav Squat is not just about squatting down—no, no. It is about technique. About showing your Slav levels,” explains YouTube …


X, Mar 01 2019

by Bee Mitchell

Week in Jam

News, Mar 01 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Gemma Sack

LOST IN TRANSLATION, ONCE AGAIN Ariana Grande, America’s sweetheart as of late, continued our country’s long-standing tradition of getting a tattoo …


Rhode Island politicians keep their constituents in the dark

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

Establishing adequate reparations for the victims from the U.S. Public Health Service S.T.D. inoculation experiments in Guatemala

News, Mar 01 2019

by Jazmin Piche Cifuentes

content warning: torture, gore, sexual abuse The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments were an infamous and unethical series of clinical studies conducted on …

Beyond Screens

In conversation with Khiara Bridges and Virginia Eubanks

Science & Technology, Mar 01 2019

by Julia Rock & Lily Meyersohn

content warning: maternal death "I’m literally dying,” Lashonda Hazard posted on Facebook early last month. The otherwise-healthy, pregnant 27-year-old had visited …

Tourist Trap

Geosure tries to build a safer world—but for whom?

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2019

by Liam Greenwell

I open Geosure and the map populates with nearby scores. There’s a lot of green, implying “low risk.” One of the …

Week in (Mis)communication

News, Feb 14 2019

by Roxanne Barnes, Alina Kulman & Theia Flynn

LMS for Salvation Pope Francis wants you to know he’s not a regular pope, he’s a cool pope. With the recent …

How Libraries Adapt

American public libraries and the aura of collective interface

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2019

by Miles Guggenheim

In its 2018 and 2019 budget proposals, the Trump administration attempted to cut government funding for the Institute for Museum and …

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 …

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. …

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 …

State of Affairs

Protests build momentum in Sudan and France

News, Feb 01 2019

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Jessica Bram Murphy

Media outlets largely focus on specific moments in time, framing events as singular instances while often ignoring their historical and political …

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 …

Week in Digital Drama

News, Feb 01 2019

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp, Maria Gerdyman, Annabelle Chace & Theia Flynn

"Facebook gains nothing from this meme" If you haven’t deactivated your social media accounts out of fear of breaches in privacy, …

Genetically Pleasing

He Jiankui, CRISPR, and the politics of the human genome

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2019

by Gemma Sack

At the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong on November 27-29, 2018, the room is buzzing …

Best Rhode Island Tweets of 2018

An Indy Listicle

Metro, Dec 21 2018

by Harry August & Ella Comberg

We never thought the day would come either. At the Indy, we pride ourselves on maintaining the kind of long-form, Leftist, …

Crisis of confidence

Individual accountability and collective reconciliation

Climate, Dec 07 2018

by Miles Guggenheim

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

Simulated Bodies

How virtual physicalities are changing the landscape of medical education

Science & Technology, Dec 07 2018

by Parisa Thepmankorn

Medicine is intimate. Beginning from our very first breath, most likely taken inside a hospital room under the watchful eye of …

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 …

Talking Heads

Sinclair and rising conservative influence in RI media

Metro, Dec 07 2018

by Alina Kulman

Last March, Frank Coletta and Alison Bologna, anchors at WJAR, the NBC affiliate station in Rhode Island, gave a speech on …

Week in Sad Food

Metro, Nov 30 2018

by Gemma Sack & Jesse Barber

1-800-BUTTERBALL “Alexa, how do I cook a perfect turkey?” This year, for the first time ever, you may have heard this …

Glass House, Shattered

A walkthrough of Philip Johnson’s famed residence

Features, Nov 30 2018

by Jacob Alabab-Moser & Alex Westfall

We visited Philip Johnson’s Glass House on a chilly Friday morning in autumn. After multiple failed attempts to reserve a visit …

Safety First — But Wait, There’s More

Juggling multiple interests in the improvements to Kennedy Plaza

Metro, Nov 30 2018

by Marly Toledano

Although plans to improve the downtown area have been a topic of conversation in Providence over the past decade, the City …

My Finest Jacket

Reimagining the placenta’s place in our birth narrative

Science & Technology, Nov 30 2018

by Mia Pattillo

Though addressing the experience of all placenta-bearing folks, I refer to mothers in this piece using she/her pronouns for the sake …


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, …

Four More

Literary, Nov 16 2018

by Eli Makovetsky

OnceChildhood Dismissing worries quickly—like a professional palm reader, you never and always talk to me about bees, their outlines wasted on …

Four Poems

Literary, Nov 16 2018

by Gemma Brand-Wolf

Harmony in Red I cut my foot at the museum, Walked around afraid Trailing blood I looked at the wall between …

Week in Double Deals

News, Nov 16 2018

by Roxanne Barnes & Mia Pattillo

Flushing the Swamp Never in the history of electoral politics has the accusation “My opponent is full of shit” been used …

Tough Love

I came around to Angela Merkel. Now she´s on her way out.

News, Nov 16 2018

by Allison Meakem

Germany’s historically early exit from the World Cup this year wasn’t the summer’s only national tragedy. Almost immediately following the Nationalelf’s …

No Vacancy

Worrisome real estate trends and the fate of Providence's abandoned properties

Metro, Nov 16 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2007 sent Rhode Island’s home prices plummeting and forced thousands of families from …

From the Editors

FTE, Nov 16 2018

by MV

Although we’ve had our differences, I’ve come to appreciate the spells of nostalgia induced by the changing of seasons. A Los …


The uncanny horror of deepfake videos

Science & Technology, Nov 10 2018

by Mina Rhee

“Will ‘Deepfakes’ Disrupt the Midterm Election?” reads a recent headline from Wired. Two weeks ago, the New York Times published an …


Emotion and spectacle in Mitski’s Be the Cowboy

Arts, Nov 09 2018

by Iman Husain

I remember a particular moment from my first night on Brown's campus this September when my entire body was enveloped by …

Three Poems

Literary, Nov 09 2018

by Bria Metzger

here we collide Worry me at the tail edge of torn seams, Locked into conversation with the neighbors again About the …

The Children Who Leave and the Burden They Carry

Professor, activist, and journalist Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj on her commitment to justice and fighting for Indigenous communities in Guatemala

News, Nov 09 2018

by Jessica Bram Murphy

content warning: state violence, racism “They leave because they want to break the curse that steals their dreams the moment they …

Week in Puppets

News, Nov 09 2018

by Ella Comberg, Alina Kulman & Liby Hays

DANCE LIKE NOBODY'S WATCHING “This is interpretive dance—also known as Mooch Moves—for my time in the White House.” Last Monday, the …

Data Democracy

Big Data and the pitfalls of targeted campaigning

Science & Technology, Nov 09 2018

by Angie Kim

At a typical phone banking meeting, volunteers cluster around a table or two. They all go to the website that hosts …

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 …

Through the Muck

Introducing an Indy series on climate change in RI

Climate, Nov 09 2018

by Harry August, Ella Comberg & Julia Rock

We have no idea how to think about climate. Over-dramatized headlines responding to last month’s United Nations IPCC report yell at …

Items I Lost or Else Forgot While Moving Through

Mourning and melancholia in their transit

Features, Oct 26 2018

by Lily Meyersohn

“Think of a word, any word. Let’s try coconut.” My old friend whose parents named her after a citrus gives me …

Walking on Eggshells

Tlatelolco, UNAM, and Mexico's resurgent student movement

Features, Oct 26 2018

by Jacob Alabab-Moser

content warning: state violence, gore, gender violence I am WhatsApping my friend Carolina on a Wednesday night in early October in …

My Professor told me that since the Beginning of Time Humanity has been concerned about Daisy

This Poem Has Been Written Before on october 2018 in the united states of america

Literary, Oct 19 2018

by Marly Toledano

Don’t sing love songs, you’ll wake my mother She’s sleeping here right by my side And in her right hand a …

Week in Stunts

News, Oct 19 2018

by Sara Van Horn, Matthew Mellea & Liby Hays

ACCIDENTAL ALTERCATIONS In a dramatic reveal last Wednesday, Rhode Island’s very own Joe Trillo acknowledged that yes, okay, he may have …

War Of Performance

Spectatorship and combat in Fortnite: Battle Royale

Science & Technology, Oct 05 2018

by Miles Guggenheim

This summer, in Kazan, Russia, France’s veteran striker Antoine Griezmann stepped up to the penalty spot to score the first goal …

Fight to Table

A Pittsburgh international eatery and its politics

Body, Oct 05 2018

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

Dawn Weleski is a Pittsburgher. She talks fast and with a purpose, was “raised on pierogis and pulaski noodles,” and has …

Yankees Go Home

US approaches to the Venezuelan crisis

News, Oct 05 2018

by Maya Dayan

“America stands with every person living under a brutal regime,” claimed President Trump in his proclamation declaring National Hispanic Heritage Month …

Hotsauce, Honey, and Jam

Metro, Oct 05 2018

by Alina Kulman

It’s the Saturday night championship game for the Providence Roller Derby League, and excitement is running high. “Hips Don’t Lie” by …

We Don't Live in That Kind of World

Revisiting Thelma and Louise in the second “Year of the Woman”

Arts, Oct 05 2018

by Mara Dolan & Mia Pattillo

content warning: sexual violence Last week, we hosted a dozen women at our house for a screening of Thelma and Louise. …

The Burden of Proof

Dr. Ford, #MeToo, and what we ask from survivors

Features, Oct 05 2018

by Tiara Sharma

content warning: sexual assault There were moments in Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s questioning last week when I had to close my …

Critically Making a Campus

RISD’s Prov-Wash gets a new look, but for whom?

Features, Sep 28 2018

by Jeremy Wolin

“Have you been? It’s very space-agey,” I overheard in my first week back in Providence. 20 Washington Place, better known to …

Week In Running

News, Sep 28 2018

by Harry August, Ella Comberg & Lucien Turczan-Lipets

Uptown Rats, Not So Whitebread World Billy Joel pointed out that the differences between the girls of the Upper East Side …

Communicating Through Taste and Text

Cake fixes everything (I hope)

Features, Sep 24 2018

by Raina Wellman

Prompted by a request from her parents, Rachel Gelmis received an optional drug test from her Alabama high school. As reported …

Do You Even Rift?

Literary, Sep 24 2018

by Liam Carpenter-Urquhart

Hellnoser Forums Rifter discussion and community news. We can deal with demons, but don’t be a dick. --- Quick Guides for …

The Urban Landscape Re-imagined in Wood

A humble building material soars to new heights

Science & Technology, Sep 24 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

It is a rare and special occasion when a truly novel building material is made widely available for commercial use. The …


Because bread is fundamental

Body, Sep 24 2018

by Emerson Tenney

There is a dichotomy surrounding bread, and this is especially true in the United States. Cultures all across the globe consume …

The Wizard Behind the Wall

Rhode Island Democrats' turbulent year

Metro, Sep 24 2018

by Joshua F. Waldman

Last week’s Democratic primaries in Rhode Island capped a year defined by party dysfunction and statehouse discord. The state party followed …

David in the Forest

Literary, Sep 15 2018

by Miles Guggenheim

I used to have eggs and toast for breakfast. That was great because I’d go to bed each night thinking about …

Vocalizing Whiteness

Reversing Minstrelsy in Sorry To Bother You and BlacKkKlansman

Arts, Sep 15 2018

by Marianne Verrone

Within a week of Spike Lee’s autobiographical drama BlacKkKlansman being released, Boots Riley, director of absurdist dark comedy Sorry to Bother …

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 …

The House on Keene Steet

College Hill reads the zoning code

Metro, Sep 15 2018

by Harry August & Ella Comberg

Along College Hill’s Keene Street, identical teal blue signs placed in nearly every yard point to a street united. Unlike other …

When Yes Means No

On the violence waged despite of, and through, consent

Features, Sep 15 2018

by Tiara Sharma

Four years ago, institutions of higher education across the country began switching out “No Means No” for a “Yes Means Yes” …

Private Eyes

Cambridge Analytica and the new frontier of internet privacy

News, Apr 20 2018

by Marly Toledano

This past month, Cambridge Analytica has made its way into our consciousness and, for those of us unfortunate enough to be …

The Human Gaze

Photography, objectivity, and the National Geographic Twins

Science & Technology, Apr 20 2018

by Soraya Ferdman

This April, National Geographic published an issue dedicated entirely to the subject of race. On the cover was a photograph 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 …

Means to a Beginning

The stakes of academic freedom in the context of the Palestine/Israel conflict

Features, Apr 20 2018

by D.A.M.A.J.

On Thursday, March 8, the Brown Middle East Studies department hosted a panel discussion titled “Permission to Speak: Boycott and Politics …

Week in Unrequited Love

News, Apr 20 2018

by Sara Van Horn, Mariela Pichardo & Emma Kofman

Say No to Marriage According to relationship guru magazine, Cosmopolitan, one in four women will turn down a marriage proposal in …

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 …

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

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

From the Editors

FTE, Apr 12 2018

by JM

One of the unfortunate, burgeoning traditions of the Trump administration seems to dictate that April is the month we rediscover the …


Literary, Apr 06 2018

by Emerson Tenney

My slanted strides put pressure forward Air in the space where we fog (our windows) collapsing downhill Letter paper folds over …

In the Mind of the Mall

Consumer mazes, online and off

Science & Technology, Apr 06 2018

by Emma Kofman

I got lost trying to go see what it’s like to get lost in an American mall—the hallmark of teen movies, …

Night of the Four Moons

Crumb, Lorca, and Harmony with Space

Arts, Apr 06 2018

by Seamus Flynn

Every US president since the 1970s has announced some new plan to send humans back into space. Besides ‘inspiring millions,’ those …

Week in Facebook

News, Apr 06 2018

by Julia Rock & Graham Straus

Analog Apology Much to the surprise of everyone, Mark Zuckerberg apologized to humanity last week for the harm he has caused …

A Threatening Isolation

An evolution of attitudes toward bacteria in research and medicine

Science & Technology, Mar 23 2018

by Sam Fredericks

Alone in an agar dish, an E. coli bacterium lives just as it would in the bowels of a dog or …

Set in Stone

Examining the stakes of transnational monuments

Features, Mar 23 2018

by Jeremy Wolin

In 2016, the National Park Service, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the Van Alen Institute launched “Memorials for the Future,” …

Who is Deemed Worthy

How America has delegitimized Black youth activism

News, Mar 23 2018

by Mia Pattillo

On February 20, nearly a week after the Parkland High School shooting, 100 students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School …

"Hold Fort for Love Forever"

Björk’s Utopia, and ours

Arts, Mar 15 2018

by Mica Chau

It’s November 2017, and I’m shuffling through wintry New England weather, the chill biting through my half-zipped parka. I am aware …

Love is an Empty Theme Park

Notes on this season of The Bachelor

Occult, Mar 15 2018

by Mitchell Johnson

For the past few months, my friends and I watched The Bachelor almost every week. We said we were doing this …

Summer After Moonlight

On why we are glad Call Me By Your Name didn’t win Best Picture

Features, Mar 15 2018

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber, Paula Pacheco Soto & Emma Lloyd

Queer films represent a break from mainstream cinema, which is usually intent on depicting heterosexual romance. In the past few years, …

Week in Growing Industries

News, Mar 15 2018

by Soraya Ferdman & Marly Toledano

Reasons to Lyft After a long Saturday night and a few too many tequila shots, sometimes the only thing the uninhibited …

Breaking Time

An interview with novelist Max Winter

Metro, Mar 09 2018

by Liam Greenwell

Max Winter does not know why he was fired from the Brown Bookstore two weeks after Exes, his novel, was bought …

Bodies of the Water

The Bogotá River and Tequendama Falls

Arts, Mar 09 2018

by Maria Camila Arbelaez Solano

Pollution Two great floods are burned into my memories of those days. Memory, for a child immigrant, often feels like a …

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 …

Oh! Vanishing point!

Ephemera, Mar 02 2018

by L, M & M

Without Report

Tension following allegations in Rhode Island schools

Metro, Mar 02 2018

by Emma Gavlin

content warning: sexual and racial violence in schools. In July 2016 the Rhode Island General Assembly made a change to the …

Our Collective Resistance

AMOR's rapid response to state violence

Metro, Mar 02 2018

by Mariela Pichardo

Lincoln, Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon never returned home on January 17. While attending a routine check-in meeting with Immigration and …

Week in Unwanted Commodities

News, Mar 02 2018

by Harry August, Paige Parsons & Mara Dolan

Repent, Reuse, Recycle “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” This is the Genesis verse heard around the …


Literary, Feb 16 2018

by Emma Kofman

Sometimes I lie on the bed and my body lists towards your softer side and I pretend that it is your …


Bio/digital computation and flucuations of form

Science & Technology, Feb 16 2018

by Jonah Max

I. Forest The peat bogs and flooded fens of Northern Rhode Island are rich entanglements, marshy lands where matter collides with …

In the Meantime

Providence public school students circumvent a doomed architecture

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ella Comberg

When Alice Rayner was a senior in high school, they wrote a blog post for “the Purple Pages,” a Tumblr account …

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 …

Untitled Poem About Nazbol

Literary, Feb 09 2018

by Nikita Sungatov & translated from Russian by Signe Swanson

*** yekaterina volkova: singer, actress, former lover of eduard limonov back in his day he dedicated many poems to her they …

The Veil and What It Holds

Beyond a cultural relativist perspective

Features, Feb 09 2018

by Orwa Mohamad

Rising nationalist sentiments in Western countries have put religious freedom under attack. With President Trump placing a ban on the entry …

Bread, Slowly, Painstakingly

Body, Feb 09 2018

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

I’ve started talking about bread like some people talk about finding a particularly inspiring spinning instructor. Nobody talks about finding religion, …

A Future You Can Believe In

China and the advent of the Social Credit System

Science & Technology, Feb 09 2018

by Hal Triedman

Every internet user leaves crumbs of data behind—clicks, scrolls, advertisement views, website visits, location check-ins—a mountain of information, compounding every day. …


Utility justice in South Providence and Washington Park

Metro, Feb 09 2018

by Cecelia Tamburro

Monica Huertas is a community activist and mother of four. She lives in Lower South Providence, and the health of her …


FTE, Feb 09 2018

by RM

This past weekend, a flyer mounting racist and xenophobic attacks against city residents appeared in mailboxes and doorways across the East …

Week in Civil Disobedience

News, Feb 02 2018

by Ella Comberg, Soraya Ferdman & Kayli Wren

#CHRISTIESTILLHATESTRANSPORTATIONLAWSGATE Four years after #Bridgegate flooded Twitter, Chris Christie’s name is once again under fire over a gate scandal. Then, it …

From Molding to Demolding

Musings on casting, the Internet, and the things in between

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by William Samosir

The below diagram is a non-comprehensive illustration of a casting procedure. Casting commences by wrapping a blanket of material around a …

The Railroad Lie

Trains and nostalgia

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In a May 1867 letter to the San Francisco Alta California, Mark Twain wrote: “A railroad is like a lie—you have …

Civil Death

RI statute removes civil rights from incarcerated people with life sentences

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Alicia Mies

In his cell at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva has slept without winter clothing and in unsanitary living …

Greener on the Other Side

Climate justice activists hold California Governor accountable at world summit

News, Dec 01 2017

by Mara Dolan

The group members, huddling together in the German winter, have banners strewn across their shoulders. Unfurled only moments ago, their messages …

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 …


FTE, Dec 01 2017

by GJM

The Trials of Odysseus and Me but Mostly Me

Literary, Nov 17 2017

by Aya Cheaito & Fadwa Ahmed

Perhaps it was the milk of the moon I drank tonight. Rivers poured vehemently. Poseidon. The sea was not as cold …

Vinegar, not Jam

A magical, maximalist artist

Features, Nov 17 2017

by Marielle Burt

“The Two of Swords! This card is something to fear. It means stability, equilibrium. Of course! I’m fucking terrified of stability,” …


Literary, Nov 10 2017

by Tara Sharma

I spend the first week of May writing about bodies. I sit at library desks for two hours at a time …

Vision Machines

Apocalypse & virtual deterrence in Southland Tales

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Robin Manley

content warning: suicide The world never quite ends in Southland Tales. When a nuclear detonation interrupts an idyllic suburban afternoon in …

A Constructed Divide

Puerto Rican migrants and the future of a people

Features, Nov 10 2017

by Soraya Ferdman

There are few things more difficult to talk about, even fewer to be hopeful about, than the future of my island. …

Super Like

X, Nov 03 2017

by Fabiola Millan

PrEP Failure

Drugs and stigma in the ‘post-AIDS’ era

Features, Nov 03 2017

by Mitchell Johnson

content warning: homophobia, racism In February of this year, several media outlets picked up a story about a gay man in …

Eat Up

Thoughts on the body horror of Raw

Body, Nov 03 2017

by Audrey Chisholm

content warning: gore, eating disorder Before it hit the US, Julia Ducournau’s debut film Raw generated early buzz for its allegedly …

Edges and Borders

New luxury student housing on Canal Street

Metro, Nov 03 2017

by Ella Comberg

Rhode Island is building. New residential projects are popping up all over the state, but the bulk of development is concentrated …

Week in Royalty

News, Nov 03 2017

by Pia Mileaf-Patel, Sydney Anderson & Liz Cory

Purple Reign This week’s saddening use of zeugma ([zoog-ma] noun: a figure of speech in which a word applies to two …


FTE, Nov 03 2017

by MB

She told me: you remind me of my daughter. She told me: clean a wool coat with ice cold water. She …

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 …

Breaking Bonds

Countering legislative violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa

News, Oct 27 2017

by Marly Toledano

content warning: abuse, rape, suicide Last April, on Beirut’s seaside promenade, wedding dresses billowed in the wind. The dresses were torn, …

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 …

Spaghetti Masala

Learning (from) recipes

Metabolics, Oct 20 2017

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

I’m planning to make a batch of dal this weekend. The fall weather in Providence makes me want to stir something …

After Warhol

Expanding curating practices at the RISD Museum

Arts, Oct 20 2017

by Marly Toledano

In contemporary depictions of museum, galleries are often conceived of as very sterile spaces. Manicured white walls like those at New …

Mt. Hope is Pokanoket

Metro, Oct 20 2017

by Students, Alumni for Po Metacom Camp & the Progressive Student Organization

TheIndependentreceived this joint statement by Students and Alumni for Po Metacom Camp (SAPMC) and the Providence chapter of the Progressive Student …

Unidos por Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican efforts in Rhode Island after Hurricane Maria

Metro, Oct 20 2017

by Mariela Pichardo

Belen Florez’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing last Tuesday. Nearly every five minutes, the screen of the cordless phone of JP Foley …

Week in Bittersweet Bites

News, Oct 20 2017

by Signe Swanson, Anna Hundert & Julia Tompkins

A Star Dies in “Holy Wood” Hugh Hefner is dead. He died of chronic old age on September 27 at the …

Synthetic Lovers

Love Dolls in companionship and subjugation

Metabolics, Oct 06 2017

by Maya Brauer

The supple texture of its simulated flesh yields to my fingers of flesh and blood. Gaze fixated upon something in the …

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, …


On the aesthetics of optimism

Science & Technology, Sep 29 2017

by Liam Carpenter-Urquhart

In 1984, William Gibson published his seminal cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. The novel was a transformative event, and not only because it …

Week in Bad Progress

News, Sep 29 2017

by Mara Dolan, Julia Rock & Mariela Pichardo

Chronicles of Nambia It was a busy week of making peace, making deals, and making enemies. With a flourish of a …

The Naked Dead

How the Haitian zombie was stripped of its meaning

Features, Sep 22 2017

by Marielle Burt

content warning: slavery, racial violence, sexual violence “Your grandmother has always operated by her own logic.” This is how my father …

Defending DACA

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Marianna McMurdock, Katrina Northrop & Saanya Jain

What you need to know: On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced his decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood …

Week in Lifestyle Improvement

News, Sep 15 2017

by Soraya Ferdman, Eve Zelickson & Nora Gosselin

Aw Shucks Since when has keeping up with the internet age meant automating oyster consumption? I don’t know. But apparently it …

Poems from the Series Postcards for Mira

Literary, Sep 15 2017

by Marly Toledano

“It’s 8:54 a.m. in Brooklyn it’s the 26th of July and it’s probably 8:54 in Manhattan but I’m in Brooklyn” -Ted …

Hard Coding

DNA, digital storage, and the matter of memory

Science & Technology, Sep 15 2017

by Jonah Max

The world is beset by a global hunger for memory. SD memory cards, solid state drives, CD-ROMs, reels of magnetic tape—these …

An Artist's Contract

Visions toward a more just art economy

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Jack Manoogian

On May 17th, New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s piece Untitled was bought at auction for $110.5 million. The painting, sold at …

Blood Burden

Pursuing justice for all menstruating bodies

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Mara Dolan

content warning: sexual assault, incarceration, anti-trans violence The tampon tax will not die. In 2015, when President Obama was asked by …

Week in the Munchies

News, Apr 21 2017

by Zack Kligler, Julia Tompkins, Jamie & Chris Packs

KIDDIE MEAL It was 7PM, supper had come and gone, and our hero’s tummy had the rumblies, the phantom taste—his favorite …

Unusual Suspects

New characters in skincare

Science & Technology, Apr 14 2017

by Fatima Husain

In the opening monologue of the 2000 film American Psycho, investment banker Patrick Bateman explains his morning skincare routine, which includes …

Beneath the Surface

Imagining a future for the unclaimed dead on Hart Island

Occult, Apr 14 2017

by Dolma Ombadykow

content warning: state violence On March 31, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio backed a ten year plan to close …

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 …

Week in Intractability

News, Apr 14 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Patrick Orenstein & Sam Samore

GETTIN’ EDEN The setting: a former World War II training ground in rural Scotland. The objective: to create a new society …

Farm to Bargaining Table

The farmworker fight against exploitation by fast food

Features, Apr 07 2017

by Mitchell Johnson & Erin West

“Wendy’s, escucha la voz del pueblo porque nosotros somos el pueblo y nosotros demandamos justicia,” farmworker Lupe Gonzalo announced to a …

Politics Down Under

Renegotiating Australian-Chinese Partnerships

News, Apr 07 2017

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

On Tuesday, March 28, after weeks of warming relations with The People’s Republic of China, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull abruptly …

Week in High School

News, Apr 07 2017

by Sam Samore, Josh Kurtz & Brionne Frazier

LET GRANDMA GO TO PROM Prom is an eternal category, cutting across boundaries of time and space. Prom has no age. …

thunderstorms mock me and so does the concrete

Literary, Mar 24 2017

by Fadwa Ahmed

(for 3 days i have known but expected nothing) i watched every minute bring itself in fractions i waited 15, (but …

A Survey on Breaking Bonds

Causeries on science and environment

Science & Technology, Mar 24 2017

by Fatima Husain

Colored Collars I saw a sign from the Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota while browsing a gardening thread …

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 …

Las Niñas de Guatemala

State crime, femicide, and a blaze at a children’s home

News, Mar 24 2017

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

Quiero, a la sombra de un ala, contar este cuento en flor: la niña de Guatemala, la que se murió de …


Literary, Mar 17 2017

by Stefania Gomez

I. October After the eviction, we returned to the old house once more to collect the dishes we had left in …

Word of Mouth

Features, Mar 17 2017

by Emily Sun

Pauline was always calling her boss in the middle of biology class. “Okay, okay,” she would say, and I imagined her …

Sunken Places

The embodied horror of Get Out

Arts, Mar 17 2017

by Marianne Verrone

content warning: anti-Blackness, misogynoir “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be …

Week in Clothing Betrayal

News, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss, Sam Samore & Brad Breymoore

NO GUARDIAN ANGELS The trials of master illusionist Criss Angel have been manifold. He once spent 24 hours inside a phone …


(Excerpt from “On Currency”)

Literary, Mar 03 2017

by Stella Akua Mensah

Oftentimes, people tell women not to wander off. When we are small, they mean to stay in the yard, and now …

All Fun and Games

Embodiment, empathy, and combat in e-sports

Science & Technology, Mar 03 2017

by William Samosir

Upton, New York, 1958. Engineer physicist William Higinbotham repurposes one of Brookhaven Laboratory’s military computers, giving birth to the first video …

Week in Animal Disasters

News, Mar 03 2017

by Signe Swanson, Jack Brook & Sam Samore

NUCLEAR MELTDOWN IS (NOT) A BOAR It’s safe to say that the weather has been wrong these days on planet Earth. …

Keeping the Fire With Us and the Resistance in Us

Reflections on the #NoDAPL movement

News, Mar 01 2017

by A collective of Native Americans at Brown (NAB) who went to Standing Rock

In response to the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in April 1, 2016, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., …

In Defense of My Dead Clown

And why it is hidden (with permission) in an unopened box in a janitor's closet somewhere on campus

Arts, Feb 17 2017

by Mitsy Albumen

content warning: racism, death, gore I will tell my story as truthfully as possible. I can in no way justify my …

Glass Coffins

Body Worlds in the twilight of storytelling

Occult, Feb 17 2017

by Robin Manley

“Love-hate for the body colors the whole of modern culture. The body is scorned and rejected as something inferior, enslaved, and …


Negotiating time in the clinic

Features, Feb 17 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In February 2015, seven months before his death, the late neurologist and author Oliver Sacks published an essay in the New …

Something More Than Money

A community against Achievement First expansion

Metro, Feb 17 2017

by Marianna McMurdock

In the courtyard that joins Classical and Central High Schools off Westminster Street, Classical student and Providence Student Union activist Jayleen …

Week in X-Files

News, Feb 17 2017

by Patrick McMenamin, Chris Packs & Sam Samore

THE DA VINCI POD At a time when it looks like so many fundamental American institutions are at risk, perhaps we …

Sex and Its Discontents

The Indy weighs in...

Metabolics, Feb 10 2017

by Dominatrix Pariso & Jane Argodildo

What’s your advice for when you feel too disgusted by your own body to have sex with someone even though you …

Said and Saying

A conversation with poet Ariana Reines

Interviews, Feb 10 2017

by Patrick McMenamin

When I reach Ariana Reines on the phone, the first thing she asks me is where I’m calling from. It’s a …

Growing Up

Vertical Farming from top to bottom

Science & Technology, Feb 10 2017

by Malcolm Drenttel

The farms of tomorrow will be food-factories built in skyscrapers. Plants will be grown, layer upon layer, with assembly-line efficiency. Sensors …

Crossing the Border

Germany's open door begins to close

News, Feb 10 2017

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

“Wir schaffen das,” insisted Chancellor Angela Merkel in late August of 2015 when she announced Germany’s open door policy to welcome …

Week in Superlikes

News, Feb 10 2017

by Sam Samore & Will Weatherly

FIRST DATE IN A DUNKIN’ DONUTS America loves an underdog. The New England Patriots are not an underdog. But Providence, RI …

Skeletons in the Water

The health of Earth's oceans

Science & Technology, Feb 03 2017

by Fatima Husain

Earth’s oceans are much like human bodies. In the quest to maintain homeostasis, our bodies and oceans strive to resolve any …

Marching Toward Inclusivity

Can we have a Women’s March for everyone?

Features, Feb 03 2017

by Roksana Borzouei & Julia Tompkins

“We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” reads the Mission Statement for …

Week in Interpretive Resistance

News, Feb 03 2017

by Sam Samore, Pia Mileaf-Patel & Jamie Packs

PUNCH A NAZI, TAZE A COP? There may be many occasions in the coming four years where it seems fitting to …

Know Your Earth

The Necessity of Earth Science Literacy: Two Perspectives

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2016

by Fatima Husain & Christopher Monschauer

In the weeks following the election, a few subjects have generated more interest than others, such as a purported Muslim registry …

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, …

Boxed In

Ending Solitary Confinement in Rhode Island

Metro, Dec 02 2016

by Gabe Zimmerman

Content warning: mental illness and suicide “It’s like being buried alive,” stated an inmate incarcerated in a solitary unit at Rhode …

Week in Apologies

News, Dec 02 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow, Will Weatherly, Zack Kligler, Liz Cory & Shane Potts

PUN-DER ROAD Bruce’s steed had never failed him before. Springsteen trusted the motorcycle, built for him piece by piece by his …

Microbe Culture

A conversation with Sandor Katz

Metabolics, Nov 18 2016

by Raina Wellman

Using some of Sandor Katz’ fermentation recipes, I’ve cooked up Sweet Potato Fly, Ginger Bug, and Rice Beer. Hailing from rural …

Holding Ground

Defending a home in Palestine

Features, Nov 18 2016

by Max Schindler

When asked what her family will do if the army demolishes the village, Soraya, 16, hesitates: “We’ll go to Yatta,” she …

Corrupted Installation

Protecting privacy under the 45th president

Science & Technology, Nov 18 2016

by Jonah Max

When Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency on January 20, he will be stepping into an office whose powers have swelled …

Dear Indy...

Ephemera, Nov 18 2016

by M&P

The Good Death

Reframing the burden of medical death in America

Features, Nov 11 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

cw: racial violence and erasure The Order of the Good Death was formed in Los Angeles in January 2011, by the …

How We Are Feeling This Week

News, Nov 11 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia & Marianna McMurdock

How I Feel I like to think that I came here because I wanted to and not because my country expelled …


Exploring the limits of the home

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg, Dolma Ombadykow, Malcolm Drenttel & Jonah Max

Mall-House In 2003, artist and RISD graduate Michael Townsend devised a plan to create a luxury apartment in a 750-square-foot space …

International Art Spam

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

Specimen: The Artist’s Museum begins with the impulse to collect and connect, bringing together large-scale installations, photography, film, and videos that …

An Abbreviated Timeline of Voting in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 04 2016

by Jane Argodale & Marianna McMurdock

After a year that’s felt a little like an episode of Survivor, featuring older contestants and more liberal use of spray …

Protectors, Protestors, and Privilege

On law enforcement disparities between Standing Rock and Oregon

News, Nov 04 2016

by Shane Potts & Camila Ruiz Segovia

On October 27, the arrival of military tanks abruptly interrupted the prayers of water protectors at the Sacred Stone Camp in …

Week in Election Prep

News, Nov 04 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin, Jack Brook & Eve Zelickson

DUMB-SHINE STATE If there is anything we’ve learned to expect from a presidential election year, it is that Florida will inevitably …

Simple Properties

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

A favorite bookstore has been marked “Permanently closed.” The taco place on the corner has a new photo. The geo-locational marker …

The Grass Isn't Greener

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2016

by Raina Wellman

Fertilized, chemically manipulated, frequently mowed, regularly watered and generally adored, the lawn and its upkeep are sites and sources of both …

Week In Alt-Right

News, Oct 28 2016

by Sam Samore, Jack Brook, Emma Phillips & Malcolm Drenttel

@JESUS An effective way to schematize nascent changes in conservatism in the United States, namely what one might call the transition …

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 …

Playing Around

Olneyville’s Manton Avenue Project transports students to the stage

Metro, Oct 21 2016

by Rachel McMahon & Reilly Blum

Two sister birds stand on the stage of AS220’s blackbox theater. The elder sister, Redy Red, tells her younger sister, Flicky …

Week in Creeps

News, Oct 21 2016

by Will Tavlin, Liz Cory, Dominique Pariso & Eve Zelickson

FRIGHT NIGHT Children of the night and survivors of the early aughts emo phase, take heart. Instead of sitting on your …

Cakes and Ale

Metabolics, Oct 07 2016

by Ali MacLeod

I was sitting in the bathroom of downtown Providence’s Parkside Rotisserie & Bar, hyperventilating and fighting back tears. My waiter had …

City Limits

Burial and play in Copenhagen’s mourning grounds

Features, Oct 07 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

A pickup soccer match ends abruptly after a hastened, “oopf!” as the juggled ball bounces upon a flattened headstone. Wrapped tightly …

Zona Privada

Private Police Violence in Perú’s Northern Highlands

News, Oct 07 2016

by Sammie Chomsky

In the face of nearly ubiquitous state violence, campesinxs (rural farmers) in Perú are questioning the presence of hired police. “Están …

Week in Extreme Sports

News, Oct 07 2016

by Shane Potts & Raina Wellman

LIZARD LIPS First the Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, now this? The lizards are taking over y’all. In the most …

The Horchata Man

Literary, Sep 30 2016

by Micaela Burgess

My papa lived to bring happiness with his horchata. Everyday he made barrels of it to serve to his family and …

Changing Our Skies

Atmospheric geoengineering and the future

Science & Technology, Sep 30 2016

by Fatima Husain

Pollution sunsets, with their exquisite range of reds, may soon be intentionally created. As humans continue to influence the climate of …

Against the Pipeline, the Standing Rock Struggle

An interview with Jennifer Weston

News, Sep 30 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,100-mile pipeline under construction by Energy Transfer Partners, slated to carry a half million …


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 …

Food Desk

Notes on Providence Eateries

Metabolics, Sep 23 2016

by Patrick McMenamin, Sam Samore & Will Tavlin

In Ferno (S Water St.) This hot spot burns. Providence and Italiano go together like an apple and knowledge. That people …

Close Listening

Privacy, Security, and an Open Records Requet

Science & Technology, Sep 23 2016

by Jonah Max

During an immobilizing snowstorm in 2014, residents of Johnston, Rhode Island could watch through their foggy windows as military-grade Humvees drove …

Williams Street

Metro, Sep 23 2016

by Stefania Gomez

winter Since L started noticing the house shaking in the mornings and at night, like the floor is trying to unshudder …

Super Prospects?

The future of 111 Westminster, PayPal, and RI subsidies

Metro, Sep 23 2016

by Marianna McMurdock

A steel frame—tethered 50 feet underground—and granite base form the foundation for Providence’s iconic historical tower: the Industrial Trust Building, commonly …

Week in the Singularity

News, Sep 23 2016

by Eve Zelickson, Dolma Ombadykow & Hannah Maier-Katkin

FREEZE FRAME For those of you who still get your news from alt weeklies, you may not have heard the iPhone …

A Tough Pill to Swallow

Big Pharma and the brand name bubble

Science & Technology, Sep 16 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

At the end of August, the pharmaceutical company Mylan made headlines for raising the cost of the EpiPen to over $300. …

To Those Weaving Miracles from Duct Tape, Spinning Gold from Broken Records, Conjuring Love

A Graduation Speech

Features, Sep 16 2016

by Cherise Morris

I wrote this in May, four days before my graduation from Brown University, and delivered it at the Africana Studies Department …


Features, Sep 16 2016

by Stefania Gomez

I. At one time or another, I guess I’ve been in love with all my friends. This is what Judith Butler …

Week in Bad Public Relations

News, Sep 16 2016

by Jane Argodale, Camila Ruiz Segovia & Liz Cory

DOUBLE DOUBLE TWITTER TROUBLE When considering whether or not to take a day off of school or work, most of us …

Duterte's Shabu Nightmare

Drugs and Death in the Philippines

News, Sep 16 2016

by Shane Potts & Camila Ruiz Segovia

At a dinner celebrating his victory, President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, elected in May, had this to say about drug …


Features, Apr 29 2016

by M+P

How do I prepare for the real world? M: I recommend that you buy organic shampoo. We’re beginning to find that …

Thoughts on the Two

Features, Apr 29 2016

by Sam Samore

“It’s important to have shitty relationships in high school” my friends often say, in order to learn from them, learn how …


Romantic forays into comparative linguistics

Science & Technology, Apr 29 2016

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

Español Spanish is my mother tongue (la lengua de mi madre). She tried to teach me when I was young with …

Week in Strange Bedfellows

News, Apr 29 2016

by Liz Cory, Madeleine Matsui & Piper French

Rights at Risk Controversy is swirling around the recent election by the Russian parliament of Tatyana Moskalkova to the position of …

Decriminalize Driving

Bill H-7610 and the Fight for Undocumented Rights

Metro, Apr 22 2016

by Emma Phillips

On March 25, the Rhode Island State House rattled. The halls, lined with portraits of the state’s sternest founding fathers, echoed …

Week in American Exceptionalism

News, Apr 22 2016

by Joshua Bronk, Madeleine Matsui & Will Tavlin

Rock the Vote In what is perhaps the most unexpected political power couple to emerge in 2016, failed Republican and Democratic …

Late Lunch

Arts, Apr 15 2016

by Maya Sorabjee

On the third and fourth floors of an old revival building in the southern tip of Bombay lives an institution so …

The Milk Myth

Mapping Dairy, Forging Intolerance

Metabolics, Apr 15 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

As a child, I vividly remember avoiding a bowl of fermenting mare’s milk at the foot of our kitchen pantry. So …

Pain Killers

Opioid Use and Overuse in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 15 2016

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

“We have a public health crisis that cannot be resolved by the criminal justice system.” July 9, 2015: Dr. Peter Karczmar, …


Ephemera, Apr 08 2016

by Jenice Kim


Literary, Apr 08 2016

by Hannah Smith

There was a tree, and from its bare branches hung bells, wine glasses,chandelier crystals, whistles, and lanterns. The hunched tree, with …

Spaces We Might Not Have Inhabited

Fragments on Ambient Media

Arts, Apr 08 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

“This which yields or fills / All space, the ambient air wide interfus’d” –John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667) The term ‘ambient …

Week in Campaigning

News, Apr 08 2016

by Will Tavlin, Hannah Maier-Katkin & Jack Brook

Getting Colder Rhode Island kicked off its new tourism campaign last week only to face immediate international ridicule, accusations of financial …

On Being Lost

Features, Mar 18 2016

by Gabrielle Hick, Dominique Pariso & Patrick McMenamin

Field Notes from an Exploration of the Rhode Island Craigslist’s Lost and Found Page Somebody found a tool bag in Cranston, …

Berta Cáceres, Presente

Indigenous Resistance and Repression in Honduras

News, Mar 18 2016

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

On the morning of March 5, the streets of the small Honduran town of La Esperanza woke up to the sounds …

Journalism From The Margins

Requiem for Al Jazeera America

News, Mar 18 2016

by Madeleine Matsui

Al Jazeera America has bitten the dust. On February 26, 2016, with all operations slated to close by April 30, 2016, …

Week in Modern Warfare

News, Mar 18 2016

by Wilson Cusack, Piper French, Jonah Max & Will Tavlin

Protocols and Transgressions On the night of March 1st two Israeli Defense Force troops found themselves in the Palestinian refugee camp …

The Lab

A Story of Compression

Science & Technology, Mar 11 2016

by Fatima Husain

The glass wool flies towards the vacuum in the back of the fume hood in futility—a constant regular nuisance caused by …

The Right to Power

Fighting For Utility Justice In Rhode Island

Metro, Mar 11 2016

by Kimberly Meilun

“I want to make sure that National Grid will pay for my funeral please. Make sure that they will pay for …

Week in Rebranding

News, Mar 11 2016

by Maya Sorabjee & Piper French

Black is the Meanest Color Stand before his Cloud Gate in Chicago and watch your reflection twist across its curved surface, …

Who Cares?

Medicine and Colonial Modernity

Features, Mar 04 2016

by Rani Chumbak

In the mid-1800s, when cholera was killing people by the thousands in South Asia, British historian and member of the Indian …

Cannon Cloth

Thoughts on T-Shirt Guns

Arts, Mar 04 2016

by Mary Catherine Nanda

Walk into any Goodwill and you can find an anthology of cotton t-shirts that span a certain American experience. There’s Megan’s …

Week in Overreactions

News, Mar 04 2016

by Jack Brook, Alif Ibrahim & Julia Tompkins

Precious Memes The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, thought it would simply be another case of swiftly repressed political satire. …

Humble Abodes

In Conversation with Charles Simonds

Interviews, Feb 19 2016

by Maya Sorabjee

In his 1976 fictive ethnographyThree Peoples, New York-based sculptor Charles Simonds imagined the building practices of three civilizations governed by different …

Mindful Bodies

Bringing Mindfulness to PVD Schools

Metro, Feb 19 2016

by Madeleine Matsui

Find your mindful body. Find an anchor for your breath. Close your eyes. These are the instructions that Shannon Smith, a …

Bear With Me

Salvation, Sobriety, and Salmon in the Alaskan Bush

Features, Feb 19 2016

by Emma Jean Holley

Tick, tick, tick went the wristwatch found by Willy Fulton. This is not a story about Willy Fulton, or the wristwatch, …

Providence College Protests

A Local Struggle Against Systemic Racism

Metro, Feb 18 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

At 8:30am on Tuesday, February 16, a group of student activists, predominantly students of color, gathered in room 218 of Harkins …

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 …

Is it the Canvas or the Painter?

Poetry's Machine Age

Science & Technology, Feb 12 2016

by Kamille Johnson

This anatomy Of extraordinary names Where did it come from? The poem is not what you think. This haiku was crafted …

Something's in the Water

Lead Poisoning in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 12 2016

by Rick Salamé

Several men huddled around a fire hydrant late on a recent winter night. They were workers with Providence Water, a state-regulated …

Fly Pirates

The Global Politics of M.I.A, Soccer, and Jerseys

Metabolics, Feb 05 2016

by Sam Samore

Those who are familiar with the singer/musician M.I.A., born Mathangi Arulpragasam, know that she presents a certain air of unfuckable-with-ness. This …


Watching Scientific Interests Grow Over Time

Science & Technology, Feb 05 2016

by Fatima Husain

Yellow petals surprise the curious amidst the sea of Kentucky Blue. My family doesn’t quite understand why I stare out of …

Documentary Analysis

The PDF, the STL, and the Future of Documentation

Arts, Feb 05 2016

by Jonah Max

In an early effort to digitize their libraries’ vast archive of texts and documents, the archivists and librarians of MIT began …


The Language of the Financial Crisis

Arts, Feb 05 2016

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

Vocabulary Short When someone “shorts” a security, they are betting that it will fall in value at some point after 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 …

Dear Indy...

Features, Feb 05 2016

by M&P

I am in a friendship that has become really frustrating and unfulfilling. I really just can’t do it anymore. How do …

Thrown Under the Bus

RIPTA Revokes No-Fare Passes

Metro, Feb 05 2016

by Jamie Packs

“RIPTA helps seniors get out and be more active, a good way to feel better about life.” Thus begins a video …

Last Month in Oregon

White Terrorism and Colonial Dispossession

Features, Feb 05 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

On Tuesday, January 26th, FBI and Oregon State Police officers finally arrested armed militants, including brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who …

Week in Deliveries

News, Feb 05 2016

by Gabrielle Hick, Madeleine Matsui & Ryan Rosenberg

Come, Gone Turlock residents are wondering if the tennis elbow was worth it. Turlock sits smack in the middle of the …

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 …

Predator and Prey

On the Brief Life and Instant Death of Internet Hunting

Metabolics, Dec 04 2015

by Jonah Max

In early 2005, Internet entrepreneur John Lockwood hooked a .30/06 rifle up to an improvised electronic rig and wired the contraption …

Empire, Limited

Writing in Transience

Features, Dec 04 2015

by Julia Tompkins

Amtrak’s Empire Builder train departs from Chicago Union Station, arcing northwest along the border with Canada and passing through Milwaukee, St. …

Week in Companions

News, Dec 04 2015

by Dominique Pariso & Tristan Rodman

Dogs Good Almost every week, there is a new Dog Study. These reports, compiled by some of the finest researchers in …

If These Walls Could Talk

Devin Costa Exposes the Lonely

Metro, Nov 20 2015

by Ben Williams

Loneliness was there before he wrote it. In the vacant buildings, the downtown parking lots, the abandoned streets. It was there …

Inside / Outside

Metabolics, Nov 20 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

I. Digest, verb from the verb digerere, from di‘apart’ + gerere ‘carry’; noun from digestus ‘divided.’ II. The process of digestion …

Week in Bureaucracy

News, Nov 20 2015

by Alif Ibrahim & Julia Tompkins

Cable Cabals In the early 1950s, as the Cold War began to chill, the US laid thousands of miles of cable …

About a Rock

Literary, Nov 13 2015

by EmmaJean Holley

If you grew up on the island, you called it The Rock. To use it in a sentence: “I can’t wait …

The Other Earth

Young Thug and the New Affects of Afrofuturism

Arts, Nov 13 2015

by Yousef Hilmy & Alec Mapes-Frances

In a video posted online this September, French journalist Mouloud Achour (from Clique TV) and rapper Young Thug are sitting on …

Aim for the Stars

Yelp Reviewers Take On Providence

Metro, Nov 13 2015

by Jamie Packs, Shane Potts & Kim Sarnoff

Yelp is the democratic scream. Rate the restaurant, the local record store, the dental hygienist. People love your advice—from Yelp, we …

Trace, Body, and Care

Into the Performance Archive with Joan Jonas

Arts, Nov 13 2015

by Andrew J. Smyth

May was something of an event for American performance art. On the occasion of the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, …

Off Target Ethics

Drone Warfare and Its Legitimation

News, Nov 13 2015

by Wilson Cusack, Dominique Pariso & Francis Torres

On October 15, news outlet The Intercept released four classified documents that detail the Obama administration’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles …

Points of View

An Interview with Chang-rae Lee

Interviews, Nov 06 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

It’s hard to believe that Chang-rae Lee fell into writing by accident and as a second career. He possesses a unique …

Forgotten Worlds

Neglect and Fragility at the Ends of the Earth

Science & Technology, Nov 06 2015

by Camera Ford

Drifting Seaward Somewhere out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant floating garbage patch. But garbage continent might …

Just Say No to Bad Art

On Protest and Renoir

Arts, Nov 06 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances

Over the course of these past months, protesters have gathered outside of various cultural institutions including the Boston Museum of Fine …

A Galaxy Closer to Home

Star Wars' Next Chapter

News, Nov 06 2015

by Dominique Pariso

On October 19, the official trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens debuted during halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night …

"Quel Monde!"

On Literary Rivalries

Features, Nov 06 2015

by Piper French, Yousef Hilmy & Henry Staley

The Spanish Baroque poet Francisco de Quevedo clanked rapiers with lyric poet Luis de Góngora on the page, sparring over the …


(Dis)embodied Art

Arts, Nov 06 2015

by Adam Hunt Fertig

In 2007, Shannon Whisnant, from rural North Carolina, buys a storage locker at auction. Inside the locker, he finds a smoker …

Grey Area

In Conversation with David Rohde

Interviews, Oct 30 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

Twice-captured and twice the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, David Rohde has had a treacherous yet accomplished career in journalism. Starting …

Studs, Spikes, and Sprinklers

Hostile Architecture and its Woes

Features, Oct 30 2015

by Yousef Hilmy & Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

Public spaces aren’t always so. In his 1990 book City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Marxist urban theorist …

Industrial Nostalgia

Images from the Providence City Archives

Metro, Oct 30 2015

by Jamie Packs

The Hadley Co., Watch Bracelet Factory Ceco Manufacturing Co., Radio Tube Manufacturing Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co. Gorham Manufacturing Co., Silver …

Week in Necromancy

News, Oct 30 2015

by Ben Berke & Jay Mamana

On Zombies and Vampire Capitalism Politically interested visitors to the Highgate Cemetery in North London will spy some great names on …

From the Editors

News, Oct 24 2015

by Camera Ford, Shane Potts & Rick Salamé

In an ideal world, a publication might be able to publish all the perspectives on a given issue and give them …

Notes on Discontinuity

Features, Oct 23 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

There is a grid; it gathers itself from beyond the picture-frame, and focuses to a point in the distant horizon. From …

Three Deserts

Notes on Cinematic Desolation

Features, Oct 23 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances

I. For me, the desert has always been a fascinating thought-image within the Western imaginary, even if it’s exceedingly ambiguous or …

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 …

Week in Preservation

News, Oct 23 2015

by Lance Gloss, Gabrielle Hick & Dominique Pariso

Off the Books Where be dead skin cells, piled up, and caked upon the pages, secret treasures await: an archivist’s reading …

L, Another Day

Literary, Oct 09 2015

by Yousef Hilmy

​ closing in on the parking lot outside where the form is fixed the grass is not allowed rackety red carts …

Pastoral Fixation

The Rituals and Space of Religion and Superstition

Arts, Oct 09 2015

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

They are honest and well-meaning Christians of unhealthy constitutions, and melancholy tempers, who are so miserably harrass'd; who above all things …

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 …

Stepping Up to the Plate

Rhode Island Seeks a New Image

Metro, Oct 09 2015

by Jamie Packs

In October of last year Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled his design for a new Rhode Island license plate. The simple proposal …

Why 2015 Might Actually Shake the Status Quo

The Changing Politics of Development and Climate Change

News, Oct 09 2015

by Maria Camila Bustos

On September 21, 2014, over 400,000 people marched in the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change. …

Week in Transposition

News, Oct 09 2015

by Wilson Cusack, Julia Tompkins & Francis Torres

Bud, Not Buddy For anyone who grew up in the era of the 1978 book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, …

Going Soft

Weight in Theory and Practice

Metabolics, Oct 02 2015

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

It might be my Catholic upbringing, but I’m often at least a little wary of things I enjoy. A sin, after …

Blood Jet

Notes on Plasma

Features, Oct 02 2015

by Hannah Smith

I. Plasma is replaced every 48 hours. In World War II, dried plasma, like dust, was dropped into Britain, far from …

Postcolonial Sounds

Arts, Oct 02 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! [a man screams; pulsing kuduro drums begin falling from a digitized Iberian Sky, they reverberate against AHHH! …

Mr. Bergoglio Goes to Washington

Pope Francis I and the Course of Catholicism in American Politics

News, Oct 02 2015

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

Pope Francis I arrived in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 22. He was invited to speak at a joint session of …

Week in Extraordinary Measures

News, Oct 02 2015

by Liz Cory, Camera Ford & Julia Tompkins

Look Ma, No Hands You’re done with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. If we’re being real, you were …

The Philosopher's Wife

Literary, Sep 25 2015

by Sabrina Imbler

The American psychologist Harry Harlow designed an apparatus called the Pit of Despair, a steely, isolated trough designed to produce, in …


In Conversation with Phyllis Randolph Frye

Arts, Sep 25 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

The College Hill Independent: You work at the intersection of law and social justice, and have used this position to advocate …

Barely Legal

The Volatile Chemistry of Synthetic Drugs

Science & Technology, Sep 25 2015

by Camera Ford

When the video starts, the woman is already on the ground. She is lying on her stomach next to the open …

Ashes and Digressions

Ruminations on Death

Features, Sep 25 2015

by Piper French, Yousef Hilmy & Henry Staley

Margaret Wise Brown, a children’s book author who generally shunned the company of children, is buried where she once lived—on a …

Make Me a Lemon Tree

Death Goes Green, All Are Welcome

Features, Sep 25 2015

by Julia Tompkins

Katrina Spade wants death in good company. In 2013, Spade, then an architecture student at UMass Amherst, began to think about …

Walking to Not Forget

The Changing Place of HIV/AIDS Activism in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 25 2015

by Jamie Packs

Blocks away from the State House, Usher’s “Yeah” reverberates through the empty streets. The day is grey and wet, but I …

Just Business

Trump, The Apprentice, and the Labor of Reality TV

Arts, Sep 25 2015

by Jonah Max

As a helicopter emblazoned with the Trump logo veers over a rendering of the New York City skyline, the O’Jays sing …

Week in Phantasms

News, Sep 25 2015

by Jay Mamana, Dominique Pariso & Tristan Rodman

Ladies’ Night There are those who would argue that the ’80s were a day-glo cultural vacuum best left unremembered. But it …

Digging in the Grounds

Gender and Tradition in Cairo's Coffee Shops

Features, Sep 18 2015

by Yousef Hilmy

Visit any neighborhood in Cairo, especially ones in its older districts, and you will find countless traditional coffeehouses (called ahawi; singular: …

"Too Much World"

On Hito Steyerl

Arts, Sep 18 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances

At Artists Space in Tribeca, the disembodied voice of Bruce Lee booms from Hito Steyerl’s video Liquidity, Inc., amid the distant …

Raw Footage

In Conversation With Elinor Carucci

Arts, Sep 18 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

There is a closeness to Elinor Carucci’s work. The proximity of her camera to her subject matter results in intimate images, …

Not Your Mother's Tongue

Language Troubles in Rhode Island's Schools

Metro, Sep 18 2015

by Jamie Packs

“I’m from Guatemala,” Leandro tells me the moment I enter Ms. Lopez’s fifth grade classroom at William D’Abate Elementary School in …

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 …

From the Editors V.30 N.10

News, May 01 2015

by Rick Salamé, Stef Hayes & Zeve Sanderson

The Indy is about to go on summer hiatus and when it returns to newsstands in September we will no longer …

About a Film About A Book

Review of "End of the Tour"

Arts, May 01 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

I’m a person writing an article about a movie (The End ofthe Tour) about a person (David Lipsky) writing an article …

Week in Farewells

News, May 01 2015

by Kyle Giddon & Alex Sammon

Jack Bruce is dead. Kurt Cobain is dead. Cream and Nirvana are gone while SUM41 is going strong. There is no …


Funding Athletics at Brown

Metabolics, May 01 2015

by William Underwood & Sam Bresnick

On March 7, the Brown men’s basketball team concluded its 2014–15 season with a road loss to Harvard, the eventual Ivy …

I Suppose

Literary, May 01 2015

by Rick Salamé, Kim Sarnoff, Eli Neuman-Hammond & Mika Kligler

I got tired of waiting, so I microwaved my bag of lentils and gave it to her. Did you hear, she …

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 …

Strange Absences

A Conversation with Junot Díaz

Arts, May 01 2015

by Mika Kligler & with contributions from María Eugenia Pabón

On the phone, Junot Díaz speaks more slowly than I thought he would. His books talk fast—Yunior, the Dominican-American semi-autobiographical narrator …


A Conversation with James Hoff

Interviews, Apr 17 2015

by Jonah Max

Over the past decade, the New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff has distributed his work as paintings, LPs, cufflinks, used hard …

Taha Husayn

Traces of a Visionary

Features, Apr 17 2015

by Yousef Hilmy

1. For some, to see means to know. Our eyes isolate, violate, pay no regard to the problem of hallucination and …


Metro, Apr 17 2015

by Emma Phillips

Mashapaug Pond, even as the largest freshwater pool in Providence,is easy to miss. It’s tucked behind the grey concrete facades and …

Traversing Magazine Tear-Outs

Literary, Apr 17 2015

by Emma Moore

Archival Work Performed by: Emma Moore Location: the Picture Collection, RISD Fleet Library second floor, 4 November 2014. The Subject Index …

A Genocide by Any Other Name

The Armenian Genocide 100 Years On

News, Apr 17 2015

by Dominique Pariso

Kim Kardashian’s Instagram has long been lauded as the master class in selfie taking. Scrolling through the feed, you see a …

Stuffed to the Gills

An amateur dissection of taxidermy

Science & Technology, Apr 17 2015

by Jamie Packs

Prepare the form In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the protagonist pulls up
to an empty motel and has an unsettling dinner with its …


Features, Apr 17 2015


What do I do if I met some people over spring break who I am in love with and will probably …

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 …

Magic, Magyck, Magick

Occult, Apr 17 2015

by Anne Fosburg, Mika Kligler & Sam Samore

“Bring a small, empty tin-can and a pencil to beat it with,” read the flyer. “It will make an ominous and …

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 …

Culture Shock

A Short Timeline of Controversial Art

Arts, Apr 10 2015

by Max Genecov, Joshua Kurtz, Eli Pitegoff, Erin Prinz-Schwartz & Maya Sorabjee

To simply be offensive in one’s artistic practice is to engage in a hollow act of provocation. It is to be, …

Power Players

Negotiating the Future of the Middle East

News, Apr 10 2015

by Peter Makhlouf

Since the Iranian revolution, 1,672 Iranians have died in plane crashes. Iran has one of the most dismal aviation safety records …


A Conversation with Amy Goodman

Interviews, Apr 10 2015

by Sam Samore

Amy Goodman is perhaps better at asking questions than anyone else in the media. Goodman is founder and primary host of …

How to Slice an Apple

Metro, Apr 10 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

After a slew of new appointments to the Providence School Board (PSB) by newly elected Mayor Jorge Elorza, the expansion of …

In Which Contact Occurs

Features, Apr 03 2015

by Matthew Marsico

Samuel R. Delany’s 1975 science-fiction opus Dhalgren takes place in and on the outskirts of Bellona, a mysterious city in the …

Laboring for Democracy

On the Minimum Wage in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 03 2015

by Peter Makhlouf

Rhode Island has an NRA problem. And it has nothing to do with guns. Last June, the Rhode Island legislature passed …

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 …

The Thirst Ahead

Science & Technology, Apr 03 2015

by Camera Ford

One day in late February, the taps that carry water to São Paolo’s 20 million residents suddenly went dry. The effects …


A Conversation with DARE's Fred Ordoñez

Interviews, Mar 13 2015

by Mika Kligler

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) is a grassroots community organizing force based on the southside of Providence. Through door-knocking, …

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 …

Tanks in the Backyard

Police Militarization in Providence

Metro, Mar 13 2015

by Malcolm Drenttel

In 2006 Glenn Reynolds wrote about the threat of police militarization in Popular Mechanics: “Soldiers and police are supposed to be …

Dirty Dancing

Metabolics, Mar 13 2015

by The Selection Committee

Editors' Note: To make the image larger 'control-click' on it and select 'view image.' …

On India's Daughter

Arts, Mar 13 2015

by Ria Vaidya & Himani Sood

The average news-reader is all too familiar with the atrocity that the documentary India’s Daughter is centered on: the gang rape …


An Afternoon with the Connecticut Wreckers

Metabolics, Mar 06 2015

by William Underwood

For Connecticut Wreckers owner and head coach Gary Peloso, women’s tackle football was never a likely landing place. “My wife saw …

Week in Roads

News, Mar 06 2015

by Maya Sorabjee & Tristan Rodman

No Beef Let me paint you a quick portrait of modern India. In my neighborhood there’s a housing colony that has …

Fanciful Skateboarding in Fancy Times

Arts, Mar 06 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

“We use chaos as a gateway to the unknown creating a new path. Nothing that can be measured by skill or …

From the Editors V.30 N.5

News, Mar 06 2015

by Patrick McMenamin

The Indy wants to be your friend. Quickly, double-check your email, fold your laundry, and update a few items on your …

Paranoia at the Picture Show

Conspiracy and Crisis in Inherent Vice

Arts, Feb 27 2015

by Sam Samore

At the center of Inherent Vice, the latest feature film from Paul Thomas Anderson, lies the impenetrable Golden Fang. At turns …


Talking with Umberto Crenca

Interviews, Feb 27 2015

by Emma Lloyd

In downtown Providence, at the intersection of Washington and Empire Streets, stands AS220, a popular bar, restaurant, and performance space. AS220 …

Courting the Couture

Metabolics, Feb 27 2015

by Kyle Giddon, Sam Bresnick, Stephanie Hayes, William Underwood & Zeve Sanderson

In honor of New York Fashion Week and the NBA All-Star Game’s alignment in New York City, the Indy takes a …

From the Editors V.30 N.4

News, Feb 27 2015

by Rick Salamé

The PawSox’s new ownership group wants to relocate the team to Providence and—my regrets to Pawtucket—a baseball stadium would be good …

Week In Exegesis

News, Feb 27 2015

by Kyle Giddon & Dominique Pariso

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Picture it: you’re swimming through the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounded by a school …

Vandalism at the Islamic School of Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 27 2015

by Madeleine Matsui

At 1:11pm on a glacial Friday, February 20th, about sixty people gathered in the back half of a small gymnasium, a …

Letter To My Unborn Child

Features, Feb 27 2015

by Armani Madison

We are in the midst of a disturbing trend: the intentional, no-consequence murders of Black bodies by law enforcement. The path …


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 …


Metro, Feb 13 2015

by Emma Phillips

With the image of New York and Boston before it, Providence is designing a bike share. Providence’s bike share will be …

Neon Architecture

the aesthetics and business of videogames

Arts, Feb 13 2015

by Cheyenne Morrin

Pastel squares crumble beneath your feet. You poise your fingers, held equidistant from weapon schematics and a twitch key. Usually a …


Features, Feb 13 2015

by M & P

My mom got a cat now that I'm at college. I don't want her to be lonely, but I can't help …

Pre-reflections on Go Set a Watchman

News, Feb 13 2015

by Dominique Pariso

Stop the presses. Rocking the literary world, Harper Lee, celebrated novelist of To Kill a Mockingbird announced on Tuesday, that she …

Bacteria[s] R Us

Science & Technology, Feb 13 2015

by Camera Ford

Last week, a new study delivered confirmation of something that many of us had suspected for decades: the New York City …

for Sally Ride

Literary, Feb 13 2015

by Stefania Gomez

NASA engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 [tampons] the right number?” She would be in space for a week. –American Prospect, June …

Clipped Wings

Metabolics, Feb 13 2015

by Miles Taylor

Watching the Atlanta Hawks play is like watching chaos. On offense, no one stops moving. The court is a constant whirlwind …

Excerpts: Notes from Cairo

Features, Feb 13 2015

by Yousef Hilmy

12/23 Still on the plane. I wonder how much of Egypt will simply (or not so simply, I suppose) be the …

Mundane Reasons

Emailing with Lydia Davis

Interviews, Feb 06 2015

by Mika Kligler

Lydia Davis lives in a converted schoolhouse in upstate New York. When I think of her, I think of her perched …

Syrizian Greece: Democracy 2.0?

News, Feb 06 2015

by Malcolm Drenttel

Last week, on a warm evening in Athens, Alexis Tsipras stepped on stage to announce his party’s victory, declaring through a …

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 …

The 'New' Providence

Thoughts on the Past and Present of the What Cheer? City

Metro, Feb 06 2015

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

“We are no longer the industrial city we used to be; but that’s alright. We have to build the New Providence, …

Black Girls Don't Cry

Features, Feb 06 2015

by Paige Morris

The following article contains mentions of self-harm, depression, and suicide. I’m sitting in the living room, picking at the polish on …

Goodell's Six Flags Misadventure

Metabolics, Feb 06 2015

by Sam Bresnick

Believe it or not, Deflategate—or whatever contrived name you want to attach to public outrage at under-inflation of footballs by the …

Tastes Like Chicken

Sizing Up Alternative Meats

Science & Technology, Jan 30 2015

by Jamie Packs

Although we live in a culture replete with red paint on fur coats, images of warehouses crammed with livestock, and non-stop …

Artificial Giants

India's Troubling Memorial Plans

Arts, Jan 30 2015

by Maya Sorabjee

I was once given directions, drawn on a paper napkin, to a longstanding Bombay secret. It took me eight months before …

On Camera

Surveilling Protest

Metro, Jan 30 2015

by Cherise Morris

December 5, 2014 – “Heads up. It’s supposed to pour. So the protest may not last as long as you think.” …

From the Editors V.30 N.1

News, Jan 30 2015

by Rick Salamé, Stephanie Hayes & Zeve Sanderson

The ground freezes in winter and makes it hard to bury dead dogs and I think a new war will hit …

Genetic Poetics

Christian Bök gets experimental

Science & Technology, Dec 05 2014

by Jamie Packs

“The word is now a virus” —William S. Burroughs Something deeply radical is pulsating under poet Christian Bök’s seemingly normal exterior, …

Notes on Connection

Science & Technology, Dec 05 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Technology—and more relevantly, those who make/use it—very much wants to work within a language of disruption. Tech has always defined breaks …

Black and Blues

Police brutality in Providence

Metro, Dec 05 2014

by Mika Kligler

On Thursday September 10, at around 9:30 PM, John Prince heard someone “hollering” outside his house on the Southside of Providence. …

Week in Flesh

News, Dec 05 2014

by Kyle Giddon, Tristan Rodman & Alex Sammon

MISSING BRAINS!! PLEASE READ!! Missing: 200 human brains. Where: The University of Texas, Austin, TX. When: Sometime between the year 1987, …


Metro, Dec 05 2014

by Megan Hauptman

When Massachusetts exiled him for his radical religious beliefs in 1636, Roger Williams trekked south through an icy New England winter, …

After Whitman

Homosexual and gay poets talk back to Whitman

Arts, Dec 05 2014

by Will Fesperman

“What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman,” sighs Allen Ginsberg at the beginning of his 1955 poem “A Supermarket …

Iron and Fields

A journey to the inside of the earth

Science & Technology, Nov 21 2014

by Camera Ford

The earth can seem impenetrable, unexplainable, whether you are flipping through the pages of an earth science textbook or staring up …

Three Velvet Boyhoods

Literary, Nov 21 2014

by Andrew J. Smyth

To have been delighted by a jumpsuit. An unusual circumstance in which to find oneself, granted, and perhaps even an uncomfortable …

Cyborgs in the Club

Arca and the digital boundary

Science & Technology, Nov 21 2014

by Malcolm Drenttel

On November 1, Venezuelan electronic musician Arca released his debut album Xen, named for Arca’s alter ego, a genderless—though feminine—figure whom …

Facing Eviction

Metro, Nov 21 2014

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

Last month, I biked down to Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) at 340 Lockwood Street for a public forum …

Their Thayer

The faces of Thayer Street

Metro, Nov 21 2014

by Kalie Boyne & Tom Sullivan

It’s impossible to miss the changes on Thayer Street. Thedeep black of smooth asphalt bears the bright white stainof a new …


Literary, Nov 14 2014

by Mary Frances Gallagher

'prä-blm purse-laden arm grabs rough pulls back sharply fear rush of regret and a fast retreat questions of bruises he spits …

Running Down the Clock

Sports, time zones, and globalization

Metabolics, Nov 14 2014

by Tristan Rodman

All major sports, at their core, are structured by time. Time structure differentiates an NBA game from pickup, performance from practice. …

Intimate Strangers

Growing up on Internet forums

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Connor McGuigan

This is the most famous post in the history of Internet forums. On July 14 2004, a user registered as “lonely” …

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 …

Bigger Than You Can Imagine

Paranoia and privacy law

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Big Data. Admittedly, it’s a great phrase, encapsulating every bigger-better progress narrative in a tight trisyllabic punch. As a term, it …

Black Yankee: Past and Present in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 14 2014

by Cherise Morris

Every time I talked with a family member or neighbor about my impending matriculation at Brown that summer, now nearly three …

Indy Metro Endorses Jorge Elorza

Metro, Nov 03 2014

by Indy Metro

We’re not going to sensationalize the importance of this election. No matter what happens Rhode Island House Leadership will remain firmly …

The Kingdom of God Is Within You: A Closet Drama in Two Acts

Literary, Oct 31 2014

by Matthew Marsico

Thomas Engler replied, “Okay. The church was very Southern, very charismatic, sort of scorched-Earth. Weekly services in the high school auditorium. …

The Celluloid Cage

Animal liberation at the movies

Arts, Oct 24 2014

by Will Fesperman

There’s a moment in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes that made me shiver. A human repeats the famous …


Ben Lerner, Tao Lin, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the net-inflected novel

Arts, Oct 17 2014

by Jonah Max

In 1997, computer scientist Michael Lesk published a paper on the size of the Internet, estimating it to be roughly two …

A Streetcar Named Providence

Metro, Oct 17 2014

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

This September, after two rejected applications for federal funding, the City of Providence was approved for a $13 million federal Transportation …

The Supreme Court's Non-Decision Decision

News, Oct 17 2014

by Rebecca Mears

On Monday, October 6, the first day of its new term, the United States Supreme Court declined to review seven decisions …

Through the Doors

A day inside Planned Parenthood

Metro, Oct 03 2014

by Hannah Smith

The front door to the Providence Planned Parenthood, where I’m a volunteer, is not locked. Outside, there’s a security agent and …

Towards a Greener Future

The environmental impact of cannabis cultivation

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2014

by Jamie Packs

A pair of sultry eyes sunken into a frighteningly unblemished face appeared on the screen. Beneath a wisp of smoke ascending …

Learning the Language

Arts, Oct 03 2014

by Matthew Marsico

That has been all. Should I throw in my hand? I am giving myself one last chance to penetrate the Within …

Corporate Parents

The Providence Journal and the death of independent media

Metro, Oct 03 2014

by Mika Kligler

It’s spitting in downtown Providence—there’s a damp glisten to the pavement as I pull up Fountain Street on my bike. I …

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 …

When Pigs Fly

The Unlikely Victory of Smithfield Workers

News, Sep 26 2014

by Will Fesperman

It took three campaigns and over 14 years for workers at the largest hog slaughterhouse in the world to form a …

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 …

Dope Beats

Groovy advocacy and marijuana regulation at the cannabis caucus

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Cherise Morris

“Oh you mean the thing with the moon bounce?” said every friend I tried to convince to come with me to …

Miniature Food Bloom

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Sam Bresnick

The backlash has been brewing for years. Disappearing are the 16 oz. porterhouses bathed in gravy served with a mound of …

Major League Literature

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Kyle Giddon, Tristan Rodman, Zeve Sanderson & Will Underwood

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2011) Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is about baseball in the way Good …

March in September

Considering New York’s record setting climate rally

Features, Sep 26 2014

by Malcolm Drenttel & Lance Gloss

By the light of dawn on Sunday, policemen could be seen erecting temporary fences along the streets of Manhattan. Visitors from …

A History of Violence

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Connor McGuigan

The Australian shark cull and the plight of apex predators “As long as Homo sapiens has been sapient... alpha predators have …

Ghosts in the Machine

The sounds of the digital archive

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

How can a body connect with the Internet? Think of how each sense wouldconceive of the Internet. It’s harder than you …

Gaybors on Fire

Queer sights, sounds, and spaces in the Creative Capital

Metro, Sep 19 2014

by Cherise Morris

On the morning of August 1, 2013, dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” across the state of Rhode Island. Since …

Week in Songbirds

News, Sep 19 2014

by Lisa Borst, Sam Bresnick, Kyle Giddon & Tristan Rodman

KILLING IN THE NAME OF To a culture accustomed to choosing its favorite restaurants by their Yelp reviews—crowd-sourced, grade-inflated, irredeemably unsophisticated …

Ten More Years

Gang Sentence Enhancement Legislation in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 12 2014

by Mika Kligler

Picture Atwells Avenue. A few minutes shy of 5 AM. The surveillance camera shows a young man sporting a baseball cap …

Primary Analysis

Metro, Sep 12 2014

by Rick Salamé

Editor's Note: The arrows for Governor Statewide and Governor Within Providence are accidentally switched. The Indy regrets the error. …

This Last Week

News, May 02 2014

by David Adler & Sam Rosen

CLIPPED It’s the 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls this week, and people are making a big deal about it. There are …

In The Name of Science

monkey testing at Brown

Features, Apr 25 2014

by Will Fesperman

Around 38 monkeys live in research laboratories at Brown University. It is difficult to know for certain how many—the researchers won’t …

Young and Younger

the creative practices of tech’s next generation

Science & Technology, Apr 25 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

In his newest film, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone, Mike Mills interviews the eight to twelve-year-old …

Week in Horticulture

News, Apr 25 2014

by Alex Sammon, Maya Sorabjee & Emma Wohl

Have you had your head in the ground all week? Or, um, up in the clouds? Indy News is here to …

Web Exclusive: Interview with Fred Turner

Science & Technology, Apr 25 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Editor’s Note: This unexcerpted interview accompanies “Young and Younger: the creative practices of tech’s next generation” from Issue 9. Fred Turner, …

We R

Literary, Apr 11 2014

by Maru Pabón

Grit, Grime & Graft

An interview with crime writer Bruce DeSilva

Metro, Apr 11 2014

by Megan Hauptman

Bruce deSilva now lives in New Jersey, but he’s definitely Rhode Island’s crime writer-laureate. His three novels—Rogue Island, Cliff Walk, and …

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. …

The Week in Suspension

News, Apr 04 2014

by Kyle Giddon & Alex Sammon

PULLING THE TRIGGER There was a time, not long ago, when Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the governor of California. A state …

Kya Item

body politics in Bollywood

Arts, Apr 04 2014

by Maya Sorabjee

The set is doused in red light. Men are spread out across the floor, lounging on cushions, downing drinks, waiting for …

Like a Man in the Desert

a woman drinking Jodorowski’s Dune

Occult, Apr 04 2014

by Addie Mitchell

I will present you with some facts about the documentary film Jodorowsky’s Dune: Jodorowsky’s Dune, a 2013 documentary film directed by …

Bad Girls Good Women

Providence Roller Derby

Metro, Apr 04 2014

by Mika Kligler

It’s a Monday night, and I’m at the Ocean Club, an indoor roller rink in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The sign outside …

You Swan, Go On

Sun Kil Moon and the artist as death-prophet

Arts, Mar 14 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Bob Dylan’s “Highlands” plays over the stereo. About ten minutes into the song, I become distracted and check my computer quickly. …


Literary, Mar 14 2014

by Maru Pabón

Emilio (or James or Tony) sits on the copper sand staring wistfully (or longingly) out across the sea (and/or ocean.) He …

How New Became New Again

technology and origin myth

Science & Technology, Mar 14 2014

by Tristan Rodman

At the beginning of the world, Camel did not want to work. Every time Horse or Dog or Ox would ask …

Venezuela: Revolution from Above

News, Mar 14 2014

by Emma Wohl

On March 6, the anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s death, a few hundred of the former Venezuelan president’s most loyal followers flocked …

Counting Votes

Prison-based Gerrymandering in Cranston, RI

Metro, Mar 07 2014

by Megan Hauptman

Cranston’s Ward 6 has either 10,209 or 13,300 constituents, depending on how you’re counting heads. About 10,000 of its residents live …

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, …

Holding Notes

Thinking through St. Vincent and Holly Herndon

Science & Technology, Mar 07 2014

by Tristan Rodman

“Entombed in a shrine / Of zeroes and ones / You know” –St. Vincent, “Huey Newton” Placing two artists on a …

Talk of the Town

Exhibition, redesigned

Arts, Mar 07 2014

by Jamie Packs

If you let your eyes linger for a moment, you’ll notice that there is something a little off about the images …

Web Exclusive: Interview with Holly Herndon

Interviews, Mar 07 2014

by Tristan Rodman

Editor’s note: This unexcerpted interview accompanies “Holding Notes: thinking through St. Vincent and Holly Herndon” from Issue 5. The biographical information …

Cyril's Palace

Literary, Feb 28 2014

by Edward Friedman

The summer I lived with Cyril, we had the most beautiful apartment. The building was near the river, on Palace Street, …

Ostentation Funk

Rolezhinos and the politics of consumption in suburban brazil

News, Feb 28 2014

by Emma Wohl

Evandro Farias de Almeida is an unlikely hero. The 20-year-old, who lives in the working-class outskirts of São Paulo, boasts more …

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 …


Literary, Feb 14 2014

by Matthew Marsico

It felt like I was giving out. I was smoking again: first just a cigarette after dinner, then, one after lunch …

Week in Passion

News, Feb 14 2014

by David Adler & Alex Sammon

CYBERSEXY Some grievances of digifuckers: laptop heat on bare stomach skin, distorted speaker vocals, implied volume constraints, and frozen pixels. Always …

Falling Through the Cracks

Food insecurity in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 14 2014

by Michelle Zheng

Erin, a food safety manager at the Mathewson St. Church meal site, was homeless for two years in the ‘90s. She …

All In a Day

a partial collage of date-based protest

News, Feb 14 2014

by Emma Wohl

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and Internet activist whose crusade for “Guerilla Open …

A Bee in My Bonnet

Pastor Dan Ivins, “the sign guy” of First Baptist Church

Metro, Feb 14 2014

by Megan Hauptman

When I walked into Pastor Dan Ivins’s office at the First Baptist Church, the first thing I noticed was the orange. …

Six Feet Underwater

Biological immortality in three easy steps

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2014

by Connor McGuigan

16th Century explorer Juan Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth in the place where, today, people go to …

Digital Boom

the coming Internet land grab

News, Feb 07 2014

by Alex Sammon

America has forged many frontiers. British colonists initially considered their fledgling communities in New England to be nestled in frontier land. …

City and State

A Conversation with Ted Nesi

Interviews, Feb 07 2014

by Rick Salamé

The following is an extended version of an interview that appeared in print on February 7, 2014. It has been edited …

What Is Providence?

A List

Metro, Feb 07 2014

by Megan Hauptman

Lists are everywhere. Bullet point number two of a New Yorker list about lists calls lists the “signature form of our …


an astrological opposition

Occult, Feb 07 2014

by Addie Mitchell

When replicated in dozens of directions and multiple dimensions in the natal chart, highly charged poles approximate a circulatory system. The …

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 …

Week in Delivery

News, Jan 31 2014

by Alex Sammon & Emma Wohl

This holiday season was tough. Surely, no one at UPS wished for the harsh snowstorms that prevented the timely arrival of …

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, …

The Art of Deduction

Arts, Jan 31 2014

by Maya Sorabjee

In the last week of 2013, a federal judge ruled on Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, relocating Sherlock Holmes and his …

The Best Laid Plans...

Metro, Jan 31 2014

by Megan Hauptman, Rick Salamé & Abigail Savitch-Lew

Already this year in Rhode Island: the unemployment rate rose to the highest in the nation, the temperature oscillated between extremes, …

Booty Over Brains

Lily Allen's New Video Gets it Twisted

Arts, Dec 06 2013

by Grier Stockman

Last month, Lily Allen emerged from a preemptive retirement to box with the entertainment industry in the best way she knew …

Courtside Couture

A Conversation with James Goldstein

Interviews, Dec 06 2013

by Tristan Rodman

James Goldstein condenses every popular conception about Los Angeles into one human body: He lives in a glass house atop the …

The Cold Pool

Literary, Dec 06 2013

by Edward Friedman

We met at the Westin in Palo Alto on the weekend of our elder siblings’ graduation from Stanford. I don’t swim …

For Play

Features, Dec 06 2013

by Alex Sammon

A scene from 1973’s The Mack: Pretty Tony and Goldie are embroiled in a high-stakes game of dice. China Doll emerges. …

The Week to Survive

News, Dec 06 2013

by Grace Dunham, Robert Sandler & Emma Wohl

WHAT IS CYBER MONDAY? TELL ME MomBigShopper12 12.1.13: Who else likes to order DVDs, electronic accessories, and brand-name sneakers on Cyber …

Week Down Under

News, Nov 26 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Tristan Rodman

You can read this as fast as you want, but you're still not going to catch up. It's already tomorrow in …

The Actualities

local film in the 20th century

Arts, Nov 26 2013

by Ann Kremen

The projector flicks on and the image on the screen comes into focus. The screen is filled with men, wearing bowler …

A Very Kanye Thanksgiving

Literary, Nov 25 2013

by Josh Schenkkan & Sam Rosen

Kourtney Kardashian was alternating between chugging from an imaginary bottle and flapping her wings frantically as her teammates shouted wrong answers. …


Literary, Nov 19 2013

by Maru Pabón

you must move 
the magnifying glass up and down 
to catch light by
 the tail of 
its last consonant, you …

Action is Now

A History of Brown Student Activism

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Megan Hauptman, Grace Healy, Cherise Morris & Julian Park

Students cycle through Brown in roughly four years. During their time here, student activists are cycled through study committees, working groups, …

Offensive Lines

Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito & Black Masculinity in American Sports

Metabolics, Nov 19 2013

by Tristan Rodman

ON OCTOBER 28, JONATHAN MARTIN left the Miami Dolphins. Martin, 24 years old and in his second NFL season, briefly checked …

The Week To Be Determined

News, Nov 19 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Alex Sammon

FRUIT FUTURES IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT THE BlackBerry and the iPad stand at opposite ends of the Tech-Cool sliding scale. The …

The Mindreaders

Providence from the Mind's Eye

Metro, Nov 04 2013

by Sam Lin Sommer

MOTHER MYSTIC’S APOTHECARY SHOP SOMEWHERE, NESTLED AMONG PUBS and pizzerias, the wise Susan Asselin was waiting for me. I had scheduled …

Nothing Was the Same

on Drake and the white boy imaginary

Features, Nov 04 2013

by Sam Rosen

IN THE SUMMER OF 2003 I WAS unanimously considered the best rapper at Camp Walt Whitman in Piermont, New Hampshire. Looking …


Arts, Nov 04 2013

by Ephemera

Week in Fantasy

News, Nov 04 2013

by Houston Davidson, Drew Dickerson & Emma Wohl

If you think you’re dreaming this, you can wake up now. And there’s no need to go back to sleep—because this …

See You On The Other Side

Arcade Fire and The Virtual Window

Arts, Nov 03 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“Trapped in a prison / In a prism of light”– Reflektor, “Reflektor” “The window opens onto a three-dimensional world beyond: it …

Still Spying

News, Nov 02 2013

by Joe de Jonge, Alex Sammon & Meghan Sullivan

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS A RELATIVELY FREE MAN. Four months into his year-long Russian asylum, he has managed to fly under the …

Xiomara's Way

News, Oct 29 2013

by Emma Wohl

ON JUNE 28, 2007 SOLDIERS stormed into the bedroom of the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and forced Manuel Zelaya to …

Space Law

an interview with Jason Juren

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2013

by Jehane Samaha

Jason Juren, a recent graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, wants to be a space lawyer. Specifically, a lawyer …

Week In Pests

News, Oct 26 2013

by by Joe de Jonge & Alex Sammon

Careful—they’re in the floorboards and behind the walls and there are billions of them. Just turn on the shower: the head …

Back to the Wall

Banksy's October in New York

Arts, Oct 25 2013

by Maya Sorabjee

Graffiti has served as the humble origins for many well-known artists. American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, famed for a prolific neo-expressionist career, …


October 11, 2013

Arts, Oct 10 2013

by Becca Millstein, Grier Stockman & John White

Inventory. Taking stock. It’s a check-list, cross it off. Go to Venice, take a drive, come, and back again. We bring …

Perils of Lampedusa

North African Immigration to Europe

News, Oct 10 2013

by Alex Sammon

BROWN WOODEN CASKETS FILL the loading bay. There are 194 in total. They are split into three parallel lines, with a …

Apis Providentia

Beekeeping Geography in Greater Providence

Metro, Oct 10 2013

by Rick Salamé

DR. JANE DENNISON'S HONEYBEES WAKE up around 10:30 AM in late September. They won’t fly if it’s too cold and, lately, …

Affordable Care Act

Metro, Oct 03 2013

by Kat Thornton & Megan Hauptman

OCTOBER 1 HAS COME LIKE THE PROPHESIED YEAR 2000 in old Technicolor cartoons, the age of Obamacare is no longer in …

Cold Water

Shipping in the Arctic

Features, Oct 03 2013

by Simon Engler

THE EARLIEST SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHS OF the Arctic in summer date to 1978. From above, the ice extends to the rim of …

Cover to Cover

Hipgnosis & the fate of album art

Arts, Oct 03 2013

by Maya Sorabjee

AN INFLATED PIG FLIES OVER a disused power station; two men shake hands, one with a burning arm; a fleet of …


Science & Technology, Oct 03 2013

by Megan Hauptman, Lili Rosenkranz, Josh Schenkkan, John White & Emma Wohl

A few weeks ago, as we were dragging our fingers through the water and dangling our feet off the dock, a …

Soft Skulls, Cold Hearts

The Evolution of Head Protection in the NHL

Metabolics, Oct 03 2013

by Madeline Coburn

THE PUCK IS DROPPED at the faceoff and won back to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. He fires a low slap …

Week in Last Stands

Arts, Oct 03 2013

by Alex Sammon, Emma Wohl & Sam Rosen

Taking a stand may be hard on your knees, but it means you can back up what you believe in, at …

Aacha Maa Al Aayle

Finding Middle Eastern Food in Providence

Metro, Sep 27 2013

by Rick Salamé

I BIKE PAST AS220, go around the cathedral, cross the overpass, take a left against the traffic ofa one-way street, pull …


Features, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Adler-Bell, Doreen St. Félix, Alex Ronan & Ellora Vilkin

On Saturday September 21, fifteen attackers laid siege on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. At press time, the official casualty …

The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized

The Fight for Education in RI

Metro, Sep 26 2013

by Emma Wohl

ON A SATURDAY MORNING LAST MARCH, 50 people sat down with their No. 2 pencils and began to fill in the …

No Days Off

Medicine, Fitness, and the Modern Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Bresnick

ON AN OVERCAST DAY in Mexico City in October 1968, Jim Hines ran 100 meters in 9.95 seconds. Hines walked away …

Deep Sea

Literary, Sep 26 2013

by Tristan Rodman

WHEN I FIRST HEARD THAT the deep ocean contained most of the earth’s habitable space, I didn’t really believe it because …

Wild R.I.

Metro, Sep 19 2013

by Indy Metro & Friends

Around the edges of its grimy glamour, Providence boasts over 100 city parks and public green spaces; it’s easy to find …

When I Went to Freak Fest

Arts, Sep 19 2013

by Dan Stump

THE KIDS ARE BACK AT School or down by the river, hiding in the bushes and along the stone walls under …

Sweet, Sweet Sorrow

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2013

by Golnoosh Mahdavi

IN FRANCE, THE GUILLOTINE was unpopular at first. The slick blade didn’t give spectators enough time to see much of anything. …

All The Way

Arts, Sep 19 2013

by Becca Millstein

It’s an august afternoon, sometime in the 1960s. Robert Schenkkan and his older brother are standing in the hot gravel driveway …

All Apologies

News, Sep 19 2013

by Alex Sammon

The video footage is grainy and tough to make out, and seems like it may have been shot on a cell …

While You Were Out

Summer in the Ocean State

Metro, Sep 18 2013

by Megan Hauptman & Rick Salamé

Like migratory birds that move with the seasons, many of our readers left Providence for the summer. We know you were …


News, Sep 18 2013

by Joe de Jonge & Emma Wohl

PEARLS OF WISDOM Oyster. Oyster. Oyster. Oyster. Say it ten more times. Sounds kind of gross now, right? Like most words, …

On the Fat Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 13 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“There are two different shapes, one for fitness, one for throwing the ball.” – Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers Some …

Metro, May 03 2013

by Anna Rotman

[start zoom] [end zoom] …


Ephemera, May 03 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero] [end hero] …

Impulse Control

Can Brain Scans Predict Criminal Behavior?

Science & Technology, May 03 2013

by Megan Hauptman

[start hero] [end hero] The first popular scientific explanations of criminal behavior were published by Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso in the …

In the Dark

Art in the East Side Railroad Tunnel

Metro, May 03 2013

by Emma Wohl

[start hero] [end hero] “Do you know why this closed in the first place?” someone asks me on a Friday night …

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 …

An American Giant

Startup, Meet Nostalgia

Arts, May 03 2013

by Tristan Rodman

[start hero] [end hero] American Giant began with an epiphany. “People are tired of products made far away from home—they are …

Music in Your Feet

The Appalachian Mountain Dance

Arts, May 03 2013

by Grier Stockman

[start hero] [end hero] When the cattle are loaded up and the auctioneer retires, the livestock hall in Ripley, West Virginia …

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 …

Week in Little Things

News, Apr 27 2013

by by David Adler & Rick Salamé

Parks &Historical Recreation Here lies Mills End Park. A cup of soil, two feet in diameter, sitting between opposing lanes of …

Knives Down

by Lizzie Davis, Grace Dunham, Alexander Sammon & Benson Tucker

Like any city worthy of the title, Providence has a long and troubled history with knives. Precision instruments among humanity’s earliest …

This History Is Not Yet Ancient

the preliminary self-archiving of the Jewish city of Cochin

Features, Feb 26 2009

by Allison Zimmer

Yarmulkes are a sight unseen among the saffron hills and tea plantations of India. But when I visited Cochin, an Indian …

Moral Fiber

Food, Apr 26 2013

by Anna Rotman

Even though Ralph Waldo Emerson once called him “the prophet of bran bread and pumpkins,” Sylvester Grahamwas a serious man. A …


Ephemera, Apr 19 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero][end hero] …

Forever on the Edge

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Megan Hauptman

“The last time i played a show, the audience was pornographic with cameras,” Ian MacKaye says, scowling out over the crowd …

(Some) Figures of the Animal at Home

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Maggie Milner

Their names were the names of heroines from the stories my mother told me in bed. She read to me every …

When We Wander Onscreen As Ourselves

arts & culture, Apr 13 2013

by Emma Miller

Chris Gethard is a mainstay at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. His anti-talk show, The Chris Gethard Show, …

Painting the Corners

Sports, Apr 13 2013

by Tristan Rodman

I went to my first baseball game at age five. My dad’s friend, who had taken it upon himself to make …

Growing Ca$h

Uncategorized, Apr 13 2013

by Anna Rotman & Emma Wohl

if you could design your own money, what would you put on it? Michael Giroux found inspiration from nature when designing …

Week on the Border

News, Apr 12 2013

by Rick Salame & Alex Sammon

BUTTERFLY KISS(INGER) They have no visas and don’t pay customs. This winter there were some 60 million of them: Monarch butterflies, …

Pepperoni Cowboy

Ephemera, Apr 12 2013

by Nino Mora

[start hero] [end hero] …


Ephemera, Apr 12 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero] [end hero] …

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 …

Self-Aware Game

Look, You're Inside the Machine

Arts & Culture, Mar 18 2013

by Milan Koerner-Safrata

Eminent game designer Tim Schafer recently asked himself a question: “Are games art?” His response: “Oh man, who cares.” But as …

Sun Falls Down

Russian Asteroids from the Ground Up

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2013

by Becca Millstein

“I looked up at the sky and suddenly the sky lit up with a bright light and something that looked like …

Alberta's Black Gold

Tar Sands Prospects in Canada

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2013

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

There are places in Alberta, Canada, where dredged-up mud spans the horizon as far as the eye can see. Puddles of …


Preserving National Bodies

News, Mar 18 2013

by Mimi Dwyer

Hugo Chavez is dead. Cancer took him, finally, after months away from his country, after surgeries in Cuba, after the obligatory …

From Water

Arts & Culture , Mar 15 2013

by Kate Van Brocklin & Emma Janaskie

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Pepperoni Cowboy

Ephemera, Mar 15 2013

by Nino Mora

[start hero] [end hero] …

Hands on Rawhide

A Conversation with Sarah Bliss

Arts & Culture, Mar 08 2013

by Grier Stockman & Claudia Norton

When you see Sarah Bliss in line at the post office, you probably can’t guess what she’s thinking. Sarah Bliss has …

Up In the Air

Metabolics, Mar 08 2013

by Alex Ronan, Greg Nissan & Sam Rosen

[start large] [end large] “I'm not quite sure I believe the final shot, though” Roger Ebert said of Love and Basketball’s …

Ballad on the Divergence Theorem

A Story of Love and Integrals

Science & Technology, Mar 08 2013

by Jeremy Wagner

The divergence theorem is employed in many branches of science. It states that the integral taken over a closed surface of …

Cairo 52

Arts & Culture, Mar 08 2013

by Marc Briz

In between Cairo's high-rise hotels and dusty highways, riverboats lie anchored along the Nile, pumping Egyptian pop songs and multi-colored lights. …

Ambiguous Direction

The Acquittal of Momčilo Perišić

News, Mar 08 2013

by Simon Engler

MOMCILO PERISIC IS FREE. On February 28, the Appeals Court of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in …


Ephemera, Mar 08 2013

by Robert Merritt & Annie Macdonald

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What Happens When I Freeze Up

Robert Merritt Visits a Hypnotist

Metro, Mar 01 2013

by Robert Merritt

First off, I love my job. Writing the Indy’s ‘Around the Town’ column is a sheer delight. For example, I got …

French Connection, RI

Arts & Culture, Mar 01 2013

by Drew Dickerson & Mimi Dwyer

Adulte Terrible Like any attempt to periodize an artistic movement in its contemporary, the phrase “New French Extremity” is only about …

On Sacred Ground

Memorializing the Station Fire

Metro, Mar 01 2013

by Emma Wohl

Two days after the ten-year anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire, the ground where the club stood is smooth. A circle …


Ephemera, Mar 01 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero] [end hero] …


Literary, Feb 17 2013

by Edward Friedman

There were three things: the first was standing in the ocean up to his shoulders and the water was warm and …

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 …

Not for the Faint of Heart

A Federal Hill Poultry Tradition

Metro, Feb 17 2013

by Anna Rotman

“To you, it smells poopy, but to me, it smells like money.” Chris Morris is the owner of Antonelli Poultry Inc, …

Week In Review

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & Rick Salame

The Year Is Wet Behind The Ears Ancient Infants George Church is bearded and stocky, but he is no Neanderthal. The …

Pitchfork Advance

Spanning Streaming’s Single/Album Divide

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“Physical is best. Touch it. Smell it right after opening the shrink-wrap. Take it off the shelf to show to your …

Over Achievement

Charter Academy Opens Its Doors

Metro, Feb 17 2013

by Emma Wohl

“This almost didn’t happen,” Ellie Wyatt, a retired public school teacher and member of the Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Public …

The Bloom

Science & Technology, Feb 17 2013

by Annie Macdonald

Red Tide is the common name for algal blooms, which occur when certain algae rapidly accumulate and form dense patches near …

Present Time

A Conversation with CAConrad

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Will Fesperman

With painted fingernails and a large crystal hanging around his neck, he made a strong impression. A native of rural Pennsylvania, …

Brain Freeze!

Metabolics, Feb 17 2013

by Anna Rotman

1. Like all good recipes, this one starts with a quest: find clean snow. Suggestions: backyards, rooftops, the inner layers of …

Hidden Threads

Dressing The German Far Right

News, Feb 17 2013

by Simon Engler

IN GERMANY, FAR-RIGHT EXTREMISTS can now buy branded clothing on professionally designed websites. The market for neo-Nazi sportswear is booming. Thor …

The Problem With Portraits

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Grier Stockman

Last month, the British National Gallery opened an hour early so that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) …

Boxed Out

Revisiting Employment After Felony Convictions

Metro, Feb 17 2013

by Megan Hauptman

On many job applications, below availability and above the signature line, stands a question that may appear innocuous at first glance: …

Week In The Woods

News, Feb 17 2013

by Barry Elkinton & Rick Salame

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Etc. Trees these days just seem to be everywhere. Casuarina and Nyssa; Robina and Salix—no matter …


Ephemera, Feb 15 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero] [end hero] …

The Bloom

Science & Technology, Feb 08 2013

by Annie Macdonald

[start hero][end hero] …

Massage Therapy

Ephemera, Feb 02 2013

by Robert Merritt

[start hero] [end hero] …

Say No To Cops

Police Tensions Flare in the West End's Cambodian Community

Metro, Feb 01 2013

by Benson Tucker & Emma Wohl

As its name suggests, the main thing that holds the West End together is geography. South of Federal Hill and west …

Gun Control

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2013

by Jehane Samaha

[start hero] [end hero] …

Week in Review

News, Jan 22 2013

by Emily Gogolak & Barry Elkinton

Writfully Raunchy A group of literary types gathered in London’s In And Out Club this past Tuesday night. There was hype, …

The Openings

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Grace Dunham

The galleries in Chelsea are white. Their floors are usually polished concrete. Galleries are modern. Their job is to highlight the …

The House on Broadview Terrace

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

A few days after hurricane sandy made her way, clumsily, morbidly, along the Atlantic Coast, a friend emailed my father a …


Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Olivia-Jené Fagon & Christina McCausland

Suxist In the wake of two well-publicized condemnations of art journalism—art market writer Sarah Thornton’s list of “Why Writing in the …

Once a House is Built

Literary, Nov 16 2012

by Nick Gomez-Hall

Once a house is built, the idea is that it’s finished.Most houses get lived in for a while and then just …

I'm Dead

Political Poisonings Through the Ages

News, Nov 16 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

Yasser Arafat vomited during a meeting in Ramallah. His spokesman said he was coming down with the “flu,” but it soon …

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

San Fran Sans Clothes If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear...clothes. San Francisco has long been a city …

Debate Politics

Why you don't see the Green Party on TV

News, Nov 16 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

On Thursday, November 1, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped a surprise, last-minute endorsement of President Obama. The expression of support …

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by by Emily Gogalak, Richard Salame & Kate Van Brocklin

Price TagsThey say that some things can’t be bought, but soon they might not be able to say that about permanent …

Interviewing My Hero

Tim Preseley

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Robert Merritt

I met Tim Presley in New York a few years ago while I was pretending to be a reporter. It was …

Flowers For Alderaan

One Fan's Free Trip to Rhode Island Comic-Con

Metro, Nov 16 2012

by Daniel Stump

Forty or 50 kids shuffle around in the middle of a cement-floored exhibition hall with a three story ceiling. Some have …

Future Histories

Modernism & Preservation in Providence

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Mimi Dwyer

Providence is a film set. Its two-dimensional skyline reads like a greatest-hits list of the last century’s architectural design principles—the 1913 …

Proper Names

The exalted cyclops of Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 09 2012

by Megan Hauptman

In Smithfield, RI, Domin Avenue, a small cul-de-sac backing up onto Georgiaville Pond, sparked a historical bonfire this August when it …

Big R

Cicilline Hangs On

Metro, Nov 09 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

On Tuesday, David Cicilline staved off Republican Brendan Doherty to win re-election to Rhode Island’s 1st district Congressional seat. Rhode Island’s …

The Commissioner and I

Bidding Adieu to the Father of Modern Basketball

Metabolics, Nov 02 2012

by Sam Rosen

Last Tuesday afternoon my best friend called, which was exciting because he only calls if he forgets to tell to me …

Hallowed Whisperings

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Grace Dunham, Robert Merritt & Alex Ronan

A while ago, I went to the Met with a boy my age, and also his mother. We were walking around …

Payasos Azules

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

The distance from the village to Colomba is “twenty minutes by pickup.” Described that way, always. As if there weren’t any …

I'll Believe It When I See It

A photographic ghost story

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

In 1869, the spirit photographer William H. Mumler was brought to court in New York City. Perhaps best known for his …

Walmart Has Sprung a Leak

Belated upheaval in the world's largest retail chain

News, Oct 26 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

Walmart does not take union action lightly. It does a lot to warp its two-million-plus employees’ perception of their rights from …

Week in Review

News, Oct 26 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior & Joe de Jonge

Winged Woes Earlier this year, London’s Tate Modern hosted contemporary artist Damien Hirst’s first major retrospective on British soil. Frequently cited …

The Myth

Literary, Oct 21 2012

by Michael Mount

"Well, this is awkward,” she thinks to herself, squatting beside the brick wall. Her urine rolls down the sloping concrete in …

Inconvenient Truths

The struggle for justice and memory in Brazil’s Truth Commission

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Emma Wohl

As the credits rolled last week on The Day That Lasted 21 Years, a film about Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship screened …

Notes On Transubstantiation

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Patrick Madden

For the tiny children, it’s a tiny snack or a deprivation thereof. For the older children, it’s a proud act of …

Course Catalogue

Literary, Oct 21 2012

by Adam Wyron

ENGN1210-S01 Biomechanics Foundations. Diffusion and convection. Material properties of bone and muscle. Cardiac mechanics. Circulation: steady and unsteady flow, compliant tubes. …


Features, Oct 21 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell, Belle Cushing, Grace Dunham, Mimi Dwyer, Avery Houser & Kevin Pires

IRA M. GOFF House, 62 John StreetI like the Goff House because it’s almost not one. It’s small and red and …

Show Me the Green

Third party politics

Metro, Oct 19 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

A small gathering stood outside of Local 121, a restaurant in downtown Providence, on the evening of October 11. “Are you …

Week in Review

News, Oct 19 2012

by Barry Elkinton, Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

Diamond in the RoughA new source for diamonds may be hard even for De Beers to tap into—it’s a nearby diamond-rich …

Sentenced: Books on the Inside

Metro, Oct 05 2012

by Megan Hauptman

The second floor of a small brown house right off Broadway in Providence houses two rooms stuffed with bookshelves and boxes, …

Divorcing Mrs. Jesus

News, Oct 05 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

In 2010, a private antiquities collector approached Dr. Karen L. King at the Harvard Divinity School and asked her to investigate …

Week in Review

News, Oct 05 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout & Emily Gogolak

Mitt RomñeyOn the evening of September 29th, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on the Spanish-language channel Univision to discuss the …

Bleak House: Tenants Stand Their Ground

Metro, Sep 28 2012

by Megan Hauptman

Roline Burgison hasn’t paid rent on her South Providence home in almost a year. She, like many other Providence renters, was …

Hapless in Seattle

Sports, Sep 28 2012

by Sam Rosen

This past Monday, immediately following the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over the Green Bay Packers, ran a reader poll: “what did …


Literary, Sep 28 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

I.He had these smudgy blue eyes that startled me. I always thought they would be dark brown, but up close they …

Old and News

Arts, Sep 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

Winging ItThis week the louvre in Paris opened a 30,000-square-foot Islamic Art wing, intended to showcase their collection of over 18,000 …

Marriage to a 'T'

Features, Sep 28 2012

by Will Fesperman

Owen still remembers being five years old and thinking that everyone was like Mr. Potato Head, his favorite toy. “I thought …

Hemingway’s Twitter

Literary, Sep 28 2012

by Michael Mount

She arranged sloppily enough to suggest that she might have a trace of apathy in her personality, carefully curating the mountain …

You Don't Get Pussy Riot

Arts, Sep 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

Chloe sevigny reading an activist’s letters to a crowd of people who describe themselves as “secretaries by day, arts activists by …

Party City

Features, Sep 28 2012

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

I sat with my mother in an unusually deserted Outback Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida on the final Monday of August. This …

Trading Races

Sports, Sep 22 2012

by Sam Rosen

This summer, two transactions made history in their respective sports. In the MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired first baseman Adrian …

Week in Review

taps, teats & tabloids

News, Sep 22 2012

by Barry Elkinton, Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

Arid Cups On September 22, over 6.5 million people are expected to descend on Munich, Germany to attend Oktoberfest, a 16-day …

Week in Review

News, Sep 21 2012

by Doreen St. Félix, Marcel Bertsch-Gout & Kate Van Brocklin

In Defense By Wednesday morning, a quiet had finally settled outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on 125 South Clark St. …


tunes, tools, teenagers

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez, Christina McCausland & Claudia Norton

ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE Rookie Yearbook One proves there’s a teenage girl in all of us waiting to wear a paper crown …

Game Camera

observing art through nature

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Robert Merritt

About a week ago I opened the freezer door to take out a pizza and found my copy of Keith Richard’s …


Friction in Fur Coats

Science & Technology, Sep 21 2012

by Eric Axelman

“People have an idea of what scientists are like, and how scientists are supposed to act, and how scientists are supposed …

That In Your Ear?

David Bellos on translation

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Nick Shulman

In 1595, as spiritual leader of the Jesuit mission to China, Matteo Ricci guided his subordinates to shed their robes and …

Parasites in the Pew

Something Rotten in the State of Nature

Science & Technology, May 11 2012

by Soma Chea

Many scientists have been wary about using evolution to study human nature. But not Randy Thornhill. Author of The Evolutionary Biology …

Nerf War

urban taggers v. the law

News, May 11 2012

by Jamie Brew

Martyn Yang of Canberra, Australia says his blog, UrbanTaggers, as “dedicated to all things to do with toy blasters, be it …

Week in Review

News, May 11 2012

by Malcolm Burnley, Alex Ronan & Caroline Soussloff

Ghost of Gaddafi Somewhere outside Misrata, the body of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi lies buried in an unmarked grave. But 197 days …


Literary, May 10 2012

by Michael Mount

I. The road to Mojave is long and thin, fading into a horizon. An old, tattered van rattles to the shoulder …

Boy's Club

resurrecting Portuguese tradition on Trenton street

Metro, May 10 2012

by Grace Dunham

The procession started around 7:30, a half-hour behind schedule. A young blonde girl walked in first, carrying a silver crown on …

Fact and Truth

the ethics of representation from James Agee to John D’Agata

News, May 07 2012

by Emma Whitford

In the wake of the February publication of his book The Lifespan of a Fact, John D’Agata has been arguing that …

Paradise Sinking

sea change in the Maldives

News, May 02 2012

by Muhammad Saigol

The Maldives is best known as an island paradise, a fact that belies the turbulent environmental and political changes that are …

"So What Does It All Mean?"

Gossip Girl At Its apotheosis

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Stephen Carmody

Diana: Well, I didn’t intend for things to get as serious as they did with Nate. And then I thought… if …


the origins of Brown’s gay liberation movement

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Sarah Yahm

When Jack Marcus moved to Providence for grad school in 1967, two years before Stonewall, he wasn’t out yet, but he …

Legislation Wars

the paper battle over Rhode Island reproductive rights

Metro, Apr 25 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell & with reporting by Stoni Thompson

On Wednesday April 11, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee considered nine separate abortion-related bills. Although committee hearings were officially scheduled …

Notes on Hip Hop

Arts, Apr 23 2012

by By Matt Weiss

What is a spell? It’s the transmission of a certain vibration. Energy flowing through the spellcaster causes subtle cataclysms that realign …

Week in Review

News, Apr 23 2012

by By Chris Cohen, Emily Gogolak & Erica Schwiegershausen

KICK IN THE ARSENICThe state legislature of Maryland acted last week to ban the use of arsenic-laced feed in poultry production. …

Nonprofits Say No

Metro, Apr 11 2012

by By Malcolm Burnley

With 600 signatures, a ten-foot protest banner, and demands for $4 million, three dozen Brown University students marched into the university’s …

Psychedelic (Part II)

Features, Apr 10 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Ellora Vilkin

I COULD QUIT WHENEVER I WANT Looks like one good trip really could change your life: according to a meta-analysis published …


Sports, Apr 10 2012

by By Malcolm Burnley

In the first half of the first game of March Madness this year, Kansas State’s freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez stepped …

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,” …

The Bias Business

News, Apr 10 2012

by By Christina McCausland

On February 29, Rush Limbaugh, conservative media’s most famously outspoken commentator, called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” (among …

Animal Locomotion

INDY BLOG, Apr 09 2012

by Christina McCausland

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Woman walking down stairs"][/caption]Today is early photographer Eadweard Muybridge's 182nd birthday, and Google has a doodle in …

So, this is a thing on the Internet

INDY BLOG, Mar 27 2012

by Christina McCausland

Artist James C. Ewart is cataloging all the nipples at the Met. (Previously, re: nudity and the Met). …

EUROPEAN DISUNION: The Strained Relations of Continental Europe

Uncategorized, Mar 21 2012

by Muhammad Saigol

Often snapped by cameras in variousstages of awkward embraces,determined handshakes, or intensediscussions, Angela Merkel and NicolasSarkozy are often collectively referred toby …

Partire Per Morire

Metro, Mar 20 2012

by By Grace Dunham

[start hero] [end hero] On April 7th, Father Charles Zanoni will have been a priest for fifty years. The son of …

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. …

Barack Obama Loathes the Free Press

INDY BLOG, Mar 14 2012

by Dan Stump

Jeremy Scahill published an excellent article on Monday contextualizing the imprisonment of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye.  Shaye had previously revealed …


Arts, Mar 12 2012

by By Raillan Brooks, Jonah Wolf, Nick Shulman, Kate Van Brocklin, Eddie Friedman, Sarah Denaci & Will Peterson

THE ONE IN BETHESDA IS BETTERSince the summer of 2010, DC residents have suffered the indignity of DC Cupcakes, a TLC …


Food, Mar 12 2012

by By Maya Sikand

If you ask the right person in Providence today, they will tell you: in the fifties there were grape vines in …

Week In Review

News, Mar 12 2012

by By Sophia Seawell, Elizabeth Koh & Oyinkan Osobamiro

Grade GrubbingOn February 24, the New York City Education Department released “value-added” rankings of 18,000 public school teachers to the public, …

Cash Rules Everything

Three perspectives on the rise of casinos in RI

Arts & Culture, Mar 12 2012

by Malcolm Burnley, David Adler & X

Betting Wars: Gambling taxes, Narragansetts, and the politics of casinos in Rhode Island On Tuesday, March 6, the Rhode Island House …

Window Pane

Literary, Mar 06 2012

by Michael Mount

When we were driving they caught us. When I was doing nothing but looking straight through the glass and watching the …

Lines of conflict

Redistricting in limbo after no vote

Metro, Mar 06 2012

by Malcolm Burnley

(for full map: The scene was reminiscent of the Wisconsin State Capitol last year. But the controversy surrounded boundaries, not …

What We're Reading

INDY BLOG, Mar 02 2012

by Christina McCausland

Friday! Pick up this week's issue for a news quiz, French Film Festival reviews (everybody’s been loving Les derniers jours du …

Rush Limbaugh Tries to Export Painkiller Addiction to College Students

INDY BLOG, Mar 02 2012

by Dan Stump

This morning, the infamous talk show host offered to donate as much aspirin as it takes to rid the women of …

American Life League Video Makes Planned Parenthood Seem More Fun than it Is

INDY BLOG, Feb 22 2012

by Dan Stump

In celebration of National Condom Week, the American Life League recently released this shocking report which roundly condemns Planned Parenthood for …

Week in Review

News, Feb 19 2012

by Christina McCausland, Alex Ronan & Barry Elkinton

There is a Lot I Don’t Understand About You Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year old columnist for Saudi Arabia’s Al Bilad newspaper, …

Civility and its Discontents

Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath of the Tucson shooting

News, Feb 19 2012

by Emma Wohl

On January 25, 2012—a year and several weeks after she was shot in the head outside of a grocery store in …

When Do Their Sentences End?

Reentering RIPTA

Metro, Feb 15 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

On November 17 of last year, WPRIChannel 12 “Target 12 Investigator” Tim White reported that Rhode Island Public Transport Authority (RIPTA) …

Our Heavenly Father

Spiritual crisis at Cranston West

Metro, Feb 15 2012

by Grace Dunham

Jessica Ahlquist, the 16-year-old girl who won a federal lawsuit against Cranston High School West to remove a prayer banner from …

Musty Beginnings

Finding the Beauty in the Damp and Dark

Metabolics, Feb 15 2012

by Anna Rotman

Basements are sites of dank carpets and unrecognizable storage boxes. Once-prized possessions dwell in limbo: damaged too much to fully enjoy, …

Life, the Universe, and Everything

The end of the world at the end of the Internet

Arts & Culture, Feb 15 2012

by Josh Sunderman

At the end of the Internet, there is LUElinks. Don’t try to find it. It doesn’t exist. But if you somehow …

Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest Could Be Yours

INDY BLOG, Feb 12 2012

by Dan Stump

That's right. For the the small price of $100 or more, you too could own a piece of the charm that …

Manning the Unmanned

Taking a closer look at drone warfare

News, Feb 12 2012

by Emily Gogolak

The ten people driving out of the small Pakistani town of Miramshah on January 23 probably heard a distant buzz before …

Catwoman Impersonator Pepper-Sprays Ozzy Osbourne Impersonator for Impersonating Ozzy Osbourne

INDY BLOG, Feb 04 2012

by Dan Stump

In one of the most impressive displays of workplace intoxication since Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race, Catwoman maced Ozzy …

Totally Fracked: Gasland Director Arrested at House Science Committee

INDY BLOG, Feb 02 2012

by Dan Stump

Josh Fox, director of the 2010 Oscar nominated documentary Gasland, was arrested today while gathering footage for his sequel, Gasland 2: …

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 …

A Pint Sized Perspective

Arts & Culture, Dec 08 2011

by Chris Cohen & Stephen Carmody

As someone who is reaching adulthood, it is easy to lose sight of the lives of those younger than yourself. To …

Living Eleven: Stories From Inside the 11th House on 11th Street

Metro, Dec 08 2011

by Grace Dunham

One block north of 10th Streetand one block south of 12th Street, just before Providence ends and Pawtucket begins, is 11th …

Marathons and Our Bodies

Facts and Musings to Consider Before Deciding to Run a Marathon

Science & Technology, Dec 08 2011

by Mara Renz Smith

The idea that there are health benefits to pushing our bodies past their limits is pure myth. Our bodies, organic gifts, …

A Central Falls Steward

Bodega life during bankruptcy in Central Falls

Metro, Dec 08 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

When Hurricane Irene touched down in Central Falls, RI, last summer, it snapped sunflower stalks and made sand whirls of street …

Week in Review: 2 December 2011

News, Dec 08 2011

by Christina McCausland & Kate Welsh

I'm At the Pizza Hut CIA spy networks in both Iran and Lebanon have recently been compromised despite their employment 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 …

Diva Wear on the Cheap

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Eve Marie Blazo

Imagine a leopard print silk skirt with a lagoon at sunset stamped across the crotch. Pair with tropical beachscape bomber jacket …

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, …

Tales of Pokémastery

Cards and critters

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Mimi Dwyer

Newsflash: Charizard is dead. I had no idea. This was my first mistake when I tried to enter the Pokémon Autumn …

WEEK IN REVIEW 17 November 2011

News, Nov 28 2011

by Stoni Tomson, Alex Ronan & Seth Kleinschmidt

Fight back app Although today’s most popular smart phone app provides users with an arsenal of angry birds to battle apple-stealing …

Rapping the Revolution in Palestine

Features, Nov 17 2011


On 1970, over a steady drumbeat and the slow stream of a saxophone, the late Gil Scott-Heron said six immortal words …

Stogie Fever

Features, Nov 03 2011


Heap some tobacco onto a brown leaf, roll it up, stuff it nice and thick. Cut off its tip, poke a …

What Will The Museum of the Future Look Like?

Arts, Nov 03 2011

by by Catherine Grenier & translated from the French by Jordan Carter

The definition of museum:The 20th century museum of fine art was at once a museum, a generator of exhibitions and art-related …

Social Improvement Through Hip Hop

Arts, Nov 03 2011

by Sam Rosenfeld & Tana Frank

On November 5, PROOV will bring the fundamental elements of hip-hop culture to life in Brown University’s Alumnae Hall. Live DJs …

Occupy Keeps Occupying

Metro, Nov 03 2011

by by Grace Dunham

On Thursday, October 27 at 2 pm, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare and Police Detective Theodore Michael calmly entered the Occupy …

Organized Labor Rally in Support of Occupy Providence

Metro, Nov 03 2011


There has been a fair amount of ambivalence and ambiguity about organized labor’s relationship to the Occupy movements across the country. …

Tunisia's Triumph

Interviews, Nov 03 2011

by interview by Malcolm Burnley

One Tunisian street vendor self-immolated in December, and thousands responded in revolution; one dictator was disposed of in January, and millions …

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 …

WEEK IN REVIEW 27 October 2011

News, Nov 03 2011

by by Erica Schwiegershausen, Christina McCausland & Kate Welsh

BROOKLYN BUS SEGREGATION Bus segregation is back, and in Williamsburg of all places. Last week The New York World, a Columbia Journalism …

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 …

How to be a Lesbian in Ten Days or Less

Arts, Nov 03 2011

by by Stoni Thompson

At 8PM on Friday September 30, the doors of Artist Exchange’s Black Box Theater in Cranston closed, sequestering a tightly-packed, 27-person …

Castle for the People

Features, Nov 03 2011

by by Grace Dunham

Henry Degaitas still remembers gym class in the Providence Armory. Every day he and the other kids of Bishop McVinney, a …

(Stop) Watching Jon Stewart

Opinions, Nov 03 2011

by by Stephen Carmody

People should probably stop watching Jon Stewart. The Daily Show on Comedy Central has been self-described on numerous occasions as “throwing …

Frankly, Somewhat Pro-Pun

Interviews, Nov 03 2011

by conducted by Jamie Brew

There are four kinds of people in this world. There are those who do not yet know Frank Lesser. Then there …

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 …

Pure Black Metal

Features, Oct 27 2011

by Kelsey Shimamoto

On a stage lined with impaled sheep heads and daubed with animal blood, Norwegian band Gorgoroth played their now-infamous Krakow “Black …

An American Casualty

featured, Oct 27 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

Bugles didn’t burst with taps when Samir Khan died in Yemen last month, yet another American casualty of the War on …

Danny Brown and Das Racist

Arts, Oct 27 2011

by by Michael Danziger & Tristan Rodman

Danny Brown entered the stage at The Met sporting a Mishka varsity jacket, skinny jeans, Jordans, and an emo combover. This, …

Thighs and Thunder

Literary, Oct 25 2011

by by Edward Friedman

Sometimes when he was lonely and tired and depressed his gigantic thighs would talk to him, whisper sweet nothings into his …


Science, Oct 25 2011

by by Jessica Mitter

In the final scene of Inception, we are faced with the question, “Is this real life, or is it all a …

Hey Providence, What is That?

Metro, Oct 25 2011

by by Muhammad Saigol

Few give this lonely edifice more than a passing glance as they zip by on I-195. It stands against the shore …

(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 …

A History of The Indy Pt. 1

INDY BLOG, Oct 12 2011

by Max Lubin

This week at Midnight Hour convenes a new series uncovering the history of the Independent through interviews with staff, alumni and …


Arts, Oct 11 2011

by by Eve Marie Blazo

Alexander Wang Brings Haute Couture Down to EarthAlexander Wang, fashion’s reigning prince of cool, is having a moment. Merging neo-grunge style …

I May Be Paranoid, But No Android

Literary, Oct 11 2011

by by Anonymous

*A couple of dots on a grid that intersects in the familiar quadrants of sector “highsociety.” The wind caused the leaves …


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 …

Hey Providence, What is that?

Metro, Oct 11 2011

by by Sam Adler-Bell

Born on the Fourth of July, or thereaboutsAt the corner of Wickendon and Governor Streets in Fox Point, right in front …

We’re Not Blocking Traffic: We Are Traffic

Metro, Oct 11 2011

by by Julian Francis Park, Caroline Soussloff & Sam Adler-Bell

Reclaiming the Road for CyclistsCritical Mass—part social gathering, part collective action—is difficult to define, even amongst participants. There is no formal …

Defining “Personhood”

News, Oct 11 2011

by by Anna Matejcek

Fighting Roe v. Wade in MississippiThe American Constitution outlines the rights and responsibilities of “persons” without ever defining who exactly constitutes …

Week In Review: Pirate Party Parade

Week in Review, Oct 11 2011

by by Barry Elkinton, Stephen Carmody & Alex Ronan

Pirate PartyIn case you missed it, September 19th was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated on social media sites around …

Encounters With Autism: Sizing Up the Treatment of ASD

Opinions, Sep 19 2011

by Stephen Carmody

As autism awareness grows, our society must address issues in healthcare, publically-funded special education, and general social accommodation for people with …

RIPTA Delays Decision on Service Cuts

Metro, Sep 19 2011

by Sam Adler-Bell

In June, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) proposed cutting the state’s bus service by 10 percent(reduced to sevenin more …

Reclaiming Rhode Island

North Kingstown’s two-hour tea party

Metro, Sep 19 2011

by Grace Dunham

On Wednesday, September 7, over 200 people gathered in North Kingstown’s Wilson Park, enduring the day’s drizzle to welcome the Tea …

Alligator Rescued from the Woonasquatucket

Metro, Sep 19 2011

by Sam Adler-Bell

Imagine a teenage girl goes on vacation with her family to some subtropical Floridian tourist trap, bringing home, as a keepsake, …

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 …

Econ Department Squelches Free Market Innovation

blog, Sep 12 2011

by Daniel Stump

Last Friday, the Brown University Department of Economics dealt a crushing blow to private industry in the form of a joint …

From Houston to Outer Space: Tributes to 9/11

blog, Sep 09 2011

by Max Lubin

Even as New York City and Washington D.C. ramp up security in anticipation of new threats , most tributes honoring the …

Joe Scarborough Mistakes Milquetoast Democrats for Tea Party: Releases Pandering Country Single

blog, Sep 09 2011

by Daniel Stump

In a bold move, Joe Scarborough kicked off the opening ceremonies for the 9/11 10th-anniversary memorial yesterday with the surprise release …

Soured Serendipity for 22,000 Visa Winners

News, Aug 05 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

One spin of luck made Ellen a shoo-in for citizenship, she believed. But her serendipity, seemingly issued by the American government, …

Open Source Academia

arts & culture, Apr 21 2011

by Annie Macdonald

On April 4, 2001, a project spearheaded by the then-president of M.I.T., Charles Vest, was announced in the New York Times …

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 …

30 Years in the Game with Bob the Barber

Metro, Apr 21 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

Barbers haven’t always just cut hair: during the Middle Ages, so-called barber surgeons performed bloodletting procedures on plague-ridden and disease-stricken folk …

Liberia Comes to America

West African eats in Cranston

Food, Apr 21 2011

by Grace Dunham

Board the number 11 bus at Kennedy Plaza, ride it south down Broad Street, and you’ll get a sense of the …

A New Discovery Zone

The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

science & technology , Apr 21 2011

by Maggie Lange

The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) is a nonprofit that calls itself a ‘wall-less’ museum. For now, the …

9/11: There's an App for That

arts & culture, Apr 21 2011

by Maud Doyle

The first official memorial to the 9/11 tragedy was built in light, twin beams serving as an intangible but indelible memory …

Week in Review

News, Apr 21 2011

by David Adler, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

4/20 Update Detroit is a decrepit city—its former industry in dark shambles, its slums rife with poverty. But don’t worry! Gubernatorial …

Al Jazeera

the Arab world and popular opinion in flux

News, Apr 15 2011

by Emma Whitford

Al Jazeera is Arabic for ‘The Island’—a reference to the Arabian Peninsula, which is broken up into Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, …

Reconsidering Real Feel

arts & culture, Apr 15 2011

by Maud Doyle

In 1936, when Europe was deeply invested in improving industry, urbanization was rampant, and a dehumanizing division of labor was being …

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 …

A Sense of Where You Are

poems about place

Literary, Apr 09 2011

by Sam Alper, Erik Font, Taylor Anne Lane & Micah Thanhauser

Pampa 1. There is nothing other than the pyramid of tires that seeks amnesty from the flatbed-truck-baggers lurching by, outside city …

Week in Review

News, Apr 09 2011

by Belle Cushing, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

Facebook Squahes "Third Palestinian Intifada" After receiving numerous complaints and appeals, including a request from the Anti-Defamation League—a US-based Jewish advocacy …

Providence Bites

"digestible" news from around town

Metro, Apr 09 2011

by Emma Berry & Jonah Wolf

Fewer Kids—and they're not Alright Despite a crippling recession that left Rhode Island with one of the highest unemployment rates in …

Hypocrisy at the Home Show

The hidden turmoil of housing in rhode island

Metro, Apr 09 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

From March 31 to April 3, thousands of Southern New Englanders flocked to the annual Home Show sponsored by the Rhode …

Rhode Island Pirates for Life

metro, Mar 25 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

Ten years ago, Casey Dorman left the world of high fashion to pursue life on the high seas, giving the heave-ho …

Providence Bites

Metro, Mar 25 2011

by Malcolm Burnley & Emily Gogolak

Nowhere to Hide For Nude Survivor Move over Wesley Snipes: there is a new king of celebrity tax evasion, and he …

Week in Review

News, Mar 25 2011

by David Adler, Anna Matejcek & Emma Whitford

Operation Odyssey Dawn-s Saturday, March 19 marked the beginning of Operation Odyssey Dawn—an assault led by American forces on the Qaddafi …

Sleep No More: A Review

arts & culture, Mar 25 2011

by Meara Sharma

Late last Saturday night, I was in New York City searching frantically for 530 West 27th Street, the site of Sleep …

Week in Review

News, Mar 18 2011

by David Adler, Sam Levison & Anna Matejcek

In Putin’s Russia, Alcohol Drinks You! Russia’s parliament is currently grappling with a question that could force us all to re-examine …

High Profile

overhauling Rhode Island’s education system in the public eye

Metro, Mar 18 2011

by Emma Berry

Deborah Gist describes her entry into education administration as almost accidental. Originally trained as an elementary school teacher, she was teaching …

The Gay Elephant in the Room

conservatives snub GOProud at conference

Opinions, Mar 18 2011

by Daniel Stump

Every winter since 1973, Washington D.C. has braced itself against a ragtag mob of Joe Six-Packs and corporate bigwigs; aunts and …

Slash, Cut, and Burn

rewriting immigration–and the constitution–in Arizona

News, Mar 18 2011

by Emily Gogolak

Almost one year has passed since Arizona sent the nation into an uproar over its controversial anti-immigration law. The most radical …

Burning Boats

the Edgewood Yacht Club recovers from fire

arts & culture, Mar 18 2011

by Anna Maine

From the windswept parking lot, it is impossible to ignore the charred skeleton of a landmark that blots out a school …

Billboard Hits Remastered

arts & culture, Mar 18 2011

by Mimi Dwyer

The hamburger is ten feet tall—or it will be, once Johan Bjurman finishes with it. “The meat’s gonna be the hard …


Literary, Mar 10 2011

by Rebekah Bergman

There was a larva on the table from our mud pie or from the pounds and pounds of potatoes mom had …

Deep Breaths

why you should stress about how much you stress

science & technology , Mar 10 2011

by Jittania Smith

Let’s say you were to drop by any college campus, corporate office, or Providence Teachers’ Union meeting, pick an individual at …

Speaking Through Supreme Court Silence

Hope High students challenge RI Dept. of Ed.

Metro, Mar 10 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

On a February afternoon, an eerie afterschool lull occupies Providence’s Hope High School. It feels like graduation has come four months …

The French Film Festival

arts & culture, Mar 10 2011

by Ana Alvarez, Maud Doyle & Olivia Fagon

Between Thursday, February 24, and Sunday, March 6, The French Film Festival took over the Cable Car Cinema on South Main …

Zen and Now

meditations on the Providence Zen Center and the Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative

arts & culture, Mar 10 2011

by Mimi Dwyer

In Providence, two influential and disparate iterations of Zen in the West stand within thirty minutes of one another: the Providence …

Blood on Our Hands?

cellphones, conflict materials, and the best hope for the DRC

News, Mar 10 2011

by Kelsey Shimamoto

Next time your phone vibrates across the table, consider the secret provenance of your unassuming cell phone. Consider its capacitors, its …

Bad Mamas/Supermamas

arts & culture, Mar 06 2011

by Eve Marie Blazo

A man is shot, collapses, and dies. He mumbles “Mildred” and falls to the floor of an obscenely well-furnished living room. …

The Oak Tree Massacre: Sports Rivalries Then and Now

Sports, Mar 06 2011

by David Adler & Edward Friedman

On the evening of January 27, a man’s gruff voice came over the AM radio to football fans across the state …

Veteran PTSD: The Tension Between De-Stigmatization and Mis-Diagnosis

Features, Mar 06 2011

by Simon Van Zuylen-Wood

In 2003, after 15 years of non-combat duty for the Rhode Island National Guard, Vinnie Scirocco was giddy about his deployment …

"Saving Women" Is Not a Justification for Occupation

Opinions, Mar 06 2011

by Amanda Labora

On Tuesday, March 1, Oliver Rosenbloom B’13 wrote an opinions column for the Brown Daily Herald discussing Brown students’ perception of …

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 …

The Art of Vegan Mimickry: The Quest for Alfredo

Food, Mar 06 2011

by Molly Cousins

I’ve been exposed to a lot of atypical foods during my 21 years; I’ve eaten raw conch, chocolate-covered ant clusters, Rocky …

Overhauling the Art Experience: Timeless Works through New-age Google Eyes

Arts, Mar 06 2011

by Maud Doyle

Google’s Art Project took the art world and digital world by storm when it premiered on February 1. The project features …

Chants and Murmurs

Metro, Feb 25 2011

by Malcolm Burnley & Jonah Wolf

UNITED THEY STANDOn Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Rhode Island workers filled the Providence Statehouse in a rally against a proposed bill …

Temple As Symbol: Cambodia and Thailand Clash to Divert Attention from Internal Issues

News, Feb 25 2011

by Emma Whitford

A Hindu temple to Shiva—Preah Vihear to Cambodians and Khao Phra Viharn to Thais—overlooks a valley in the Dangrek mountain range …

The Best-Laid Schemas of Mice and Men

Arts, Feb 25 2011

by Maud Doyle

“‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good …


Literary, Feb 25 2011

by Sam Alper

Characters:JUDY – Young and starved for company.BRY – Same.Night. The back porch of a country house, in the deep country, the …

Sex, Lies, and Survey Results

Science, Feb 25 2011

by Maggie Lange

There is a seemingly ceaseless stream of studies that reduce each gender to a vaguely irritating stereotype. The men fear commitment, …

Love Stories Throughout History

Features, Feb 25 2011

by Eve Blazo, Belle Cushing & Mimi Dwyer

LILITH AND ADAM: AN ARGUMENTThe legend of Lilith, Adam’s wife before Eve, found its first mention in Sumerian times. Lilith appears …

The Next Big Thing

Arts, Feb 25 2011

by Mary-Evelyn Farrior

Forty million dollars in donor funds and 38,815 square feet later, the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts officially celebrated its …

A New Dawn for Sudan

News, Feb 25 2011

by Emily Gogolak

Sudan is no stranger to struggle. For most of its post-colonial history, the largest nation in Africa has been at war …


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 …


News, Feb 25 2011

by Malcolm Burnley, Emily Gogolak & Erica Schwiegershausen

SO LONG MR. PRESIDENT?The Arab world was dealt yet another shock on Sunday, when Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, announced his …

No Choice: Chafee Pushes Back Against Charters in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 18 2011

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Angus Davis is a handsome local boy who skipped college and became a Silicon Valley prodigy when he was 18. That …

The Dirt on the White Coat

Science, Feb 14 2011

by Maggie Lange

The American Biology Teacher Journal conducts an experiment called the “Draw a Scientist Test,” in which elementary school students are asked …

The Revolution Will Not Be (Truthfully) Televised

News, Feb 14 2011

by Emily Gogolak

The uprising in Egypt has taken the international media by storm. Since protests broke out on the streets of Cairo on …

While You Were Out: Life in Providence in the Past Month

Metro, Feb 14 2011

by Emma Berry

THERE WAS SOME SNOWSome time in mid-January, the word “snowpocalypse” stopped being ironic. Birds had fallen from the sky only weeks …

Week in Review 2/10/11

News, Feb 14 2011

by Emily Gogolak

STOP AND EAT THE WAFFLESIn response to recent government stalemates, Belgians are insisting that their politicians don’t get any until they …

The Moby Dick Marathon: A Podcast

Arts, Jan 30 2011

by Emma Whitford

The most wonderful thing about New Bedford's annual Moby Dick Marathon is that it is open to any and all conceptions …

The Death of Headlines. Maybe.

Opinions, Jan 10 2011

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Web Exclusive: January 10th, 2011A fellow I know who works in online publishing (posting?) thinks that if journalism wants to stay …

Citizen’s United Has Minimal Effect in Rhode Island: A Debrief on the Decision and why it Didn’t Matter in Lil’ Rhody

Metro, Dec 31 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Originally Published as Web Exclusive: December 20thIn the rush to anoint corporate interests the crown prince of the 2010 midterm elections, …

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist

Arts, Dec 09 2010

by Amy Lehrburger

For a genre of mainstream entertainment, reality television is certainly large, and contains multitudes. In the last decade and a half, …

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 …

We're Striking: Listen to Us!

featured, Dec 02 2010

by Emily Gogolak

Crowds swarmed the cities of France this fall and chants echoed across the streets: “Fight, fight, fight!” With revolutionary fervor, millions …

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 …

The Indy Gives Thanks

Literary, Dec 01 2010

by Grace Dunham & Belle Cushing

The importance of eating chopped liverEvery Thanksgiving, my grandmother makes chopped liver. It’s smooth, a little sweet, vaguely metallic—because of the …

Obama Ruins Indian Holiday

Metro, Nov 17 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

America is feeling unusually sensitive these days. At the tail end of an election season defined so much by national mood …

Week in Review 11/11/10

obamania in Bollywood, FDA scare tactics, and cross-dressing kindergarteners

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Eli Schmitt & George A. Warner

Obama Goes to India On the heels of an election season defined by national mood and presidential inability to connect, Obama’s …

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 …

Cwning Noobs

my special night at Toledo

by Dan Stump

As someone who frequently needs an easy, budget-friendly way to shovel cheese, meat, and grease into my mouth late at night, …

Reckless Abandon

abandoned homes, squatting, and direct revolutionary action

by Mimi Dwyer

On certain blocks of the south and west sides of Providence, burnt and dilapidated abandoned homes are as common as inhabited …

Rahmmed Down Your Throat

Rahm Emanuel runs for mayor

by Mel Whelp

A Mayor Daley has ruled Chicago since 1955, except for a memorable twelve year interruption, resulting mostly in chaos. When the …

An Interview With Bill Rankin

Features, Nov 04 2010

by Simone Landon

Bill Rankin is the founder and key contributor to, an online archive of uncommon maps. He is a doctoral candidate …

Unnatural Disaster

Features, Nov 01 2010

by Meghna Philip

"We are here at the request of the Government of Pakistan to help them respond to the worst natural disaster in …

Gloves Off

Sports, Nov 01 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

To grow up a boxer in Rhode Island is to know your enemy so well that he ceases to be your …

Sailors And Steamrollers

Sports, Oct 29 2010

by Malcolm Burnley

Trace the origins of modern basketball, and you’ll come across a rural road in Hillsdale, Wyoming. There is no landmark or …

Week in Review 10/28/10

News, Oct 28 2010

by Jonah Kagan, Megan Turley & Jonah Wolf

Kicks Just Keep Getting Harder to Find Even among East Coast colleges filled with bored elites, Georgetown University is one of …

Why You Should Vote Chafee

Opinions, Oct 28 2010

by George Warner & Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Lincoln Chafee B’75 was eleven when he went to the 1964 Republican National Convention, with his father, then the immensely popular …


Literary, Oct 27 2010

by Leah Bromberg

(with an object)1.   (Of four-legged animals) to move or run with a regular bounding movement.2.   To cause (a horse) to canter …


Literary, Oct 27 2010

by Rebekah Bergman

This semester they start asking us about the thickness of glaciers. There is an earthquake in the Caribbean. Then an earthquake …


Literary, Oct 27 2010

by Sam Alper

BROTHERS OR USThere’s a dog barking somewherein the novel you’re readingimagine an ice sculpture of the Titanic being thrown at a …

It's Still Good to Be Independent

Features, Oct 26 2010

by Samuel Knowles

In the front room of Books on the Square, a dozen toddlers and infants sit in rapt attention as Chris Byrnes …

Chemical Drift

Features, Oct 26 2010

by Deborah Lehmann

It started with tomatoes. When I arrived at Buckhorn Gardens in early July, the other interns on the three-acre vegetable farm …

Report From The Capitol : Notes from the One America Working Together Rally

News, Oct 20 2010

by Timothy Prince

This past Saturday, the Independent traveled down to Washington, DC to attend the One America Working Together march at the Washington …

Copycat Arizona Immigration Bill Gains Support in RI

Metro, Oct 15 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

This January, Rhode Island will consider legislation similar to the controversial SB-1070 law Arizona passed this April. The Tea Partiers and …


Sports, Oct 09 2010

by Malcolm Burnley

Of the many nicknames endowed to LeBron James, “The King” best reflects his Shakespearean hubris and the irony of his narrative; …

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 …

Depleted Waters

Metro, Oct 01 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Update 5/18/11: 2010 preliminary results on catch-share program in New England. Over the past decade, Rhode Island's fishing industry has experienced …

The Food Supply Chain

News, Sep 30 2010

by Emma Whitford

Greg Asbed B’85, co-coordinator of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Campaign for Fair Food, says that CIW is about to …

Week in Review 9/30/10

News, Sep 30 2010

by Leah Michaels & Sam Levison

Healing Bad CarmaRemember that time you lost your temper because you left your car on Thayer Street for just five minutes …

Place Trace

Features, Sep 30 2010

by Simone Landon

When Roger Williams crossed the Seekonk River away from Plymouth Colony and out of the reach of Massachusetts extradition orders, he …

Missing the Mark

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Nathan Bergmann-Dean

Students at The New School for Social Research in New York City occupied the cafeteria of the student center in December …

Back From The War

Opinions, Sep 26 2010


My older brother returned from his yearlong tour in Iraq in the middle of a cold April night last year. I …

Porcine Party

Metro, Sep 26 2010

by Margiana Petersen-Rockney

For early English settlers in New England, livestock was more than just a source of food. Roger Williams, founder of Rhode …

And Then There Were Millions

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Nick Morley

Over the last ten years a digital coup d’etat has overthrown media marketplace conventions. No longer do we have to meddle …

Elegy for Rich

News, Sep 26 2010

by Simone Landon

[To the tune of LFO’s “Summer Girls”]I think it’s sad when former boy band members die…Do you remember LFO, and that …

In Public

Features, Sep 24 2010

by Marguerite Preston

We have not always shopped in grocery stores. We have not always pushed shopping carts down fluorescent-lit aisles, past shelves and …

The World's Manliest Sport

Sports, Sep 24 2010

by Abe Pressman

The year was 2009. On a cold weekend in May, they arrived by ship, by plane, and by car to the …

Week In Review 9/23

News, Sep 23 2010

by Dan Stump, Jonah Kagan & Sam Levinson

Condoms for ConvictsLast week, the San Francisco County Jail’s San Bruno unit installed 16 condom dispensers for its 750 residents.  The …


Food, Sep 23 2010

by Josh Moses

With her best love-you-no-matter-what face on, my mother told me, “girls love a guy who can cook.” This display of motherly …

Hurrican Season

Features, Sep 10 2010

by Marguerite Preston

The hurricane started out as a Category 5 and hit land as a Category 3. It swept up the coast, leaving …

Wide Open Races: Four Dems on the Campaign Trail

boxstory, Sep 10 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

President Obama's disapproval ratings are nearing 50 percent, and nationally, Republicans are polling anywhere from 5-14 percent better than Democrats. Whiz-kid …


News, Apr 08 2010

by Simone Landon

Dan La Botz, a long-time family friend, recently decided to join the Ohio US Senate race. He got more than the …


Arts, Apr 08 2010

by Marisa Calleja

By the time I was old enough to read, the American Girl Company had found its way into schools and homes …


X, Apr 08 2010

by Marguerite Preston

It is opening night at Cook & Brown Public House. The tables are mostly full but there is space in the …

Force of Habit

Opinions, Apr 08 2010

by Eli Schmitt

On June 22, 2010, Americans will no longer be able to get free samples of cigarettes, procure promotional gear with tobacco …

Cross-country Grandma

News, Mar 18 2010

by Marisa Calleja

The land of strip-malls and stoplight highways lost a state gem this week when New Hampshire native, campaign finance reformer and …

Cocktails on the Rocks

Metro, Mar 18 2010

by Patrick Martin-Tuite

For HIV-positive individuals, morning coffee comes with a daily drug cocktail. Some take a combination of tenofovir, emtricitabine, and efavirenz; others …

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 …

have your cake and feel good, too

Food, Mar 18 2010

by Valerie Kim & Nick Werle

When the Indian spice trade picked up in the 16th century in Europe, black pepper was said to be literally worth …

Supersize Me One More Time

Uncategorized, Mar 11 2010

by Emily Gogolak

Is 24 ounces simply not cutting it? No need to worry. Meet the Trenta.Pulling a Business 101 oldie-but-goodie, Starbucks Corp. is …


News, Mar 11 2010

by Marguerite Preston

On January 21, on a cold morning in Copake, New York, Dean Pierson rose before dawn. Just as he did every …

Beerified RI

Metro, Mar 04 2010

by Maggie Lange

It’s a curious union. In December, a sugary children’s drink from the 1920s and a beverage old enough to feature in …

Six! More! Years!

Sports, Mar 04 2010

by Malcolm Burnley

On Selection Sunday, March 14, bubbles will burst across the college basketball scene as unworthy teams fail to qualify and unworthy …

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 …

Going Home To A Stack Of Books

Arts, Mar 04 2010

by Miguel Morales

Imagine Donald Barthelme sending messages in a bottle to Gertrude Stein.” This is how the LA Times described Stanley Crawford’s The …

Conventional Kink

Features, Mar 04 2010

by Emily Segal

Valentine’s Day at the Westin Hotel: a gigantic leather and fetish expo, no photography, interviews, or journalists allowed. The convention gave …

Cry Havoc!

Science, Mar 04 2010

by Sam Dean

Battle BatsJanuary 12, 1942: Just one month prior, the attack on Pearl Harbor had flung the US into a war in …

From Alfalfa To Ivy

Features, Mar 04 2010

by Emma Whitford

Sitting in a booth with five Deep Springs transfers is equivalent to huddling with a quarter of the school’s entire student …

Sphere Of Influence

News, Mar 04 2010

by Simone Landon

Last week, 32 Latin American and Caribbean leaders met in the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to forge a …

Cry Havoc!

Science, Mar 04 2010

by Sam Dean

Battle BatsJanuary 12, 1942: Just one month prior, the attack on Pearl Harbor had flung the U.S. into a war in …

Jazzy Vegan Jambalya

Food, Feb 18 2010

by Malcolm Burnley

Seeing the Saints triumph in the Super Bowl reminded me of my own visit to the Big Easy, back in 2004, …

Brief Interviews with Olympic Men

Sports, Feb 18 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Indy: You’re in the Olympics, man! What was your “Wow I’m in the Olympics” moment?Travers: It’s a great honour to be …

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 …

Word-Up or Get Out

Features, Feb 18 2010

by Michella Fitten

At Brown, it begins like an AA meeting. We “check in.” It’s a way to talk about your day, your life, …

Speed-Date Your Candidate

Metro, Feb 18 2010

by Marisa Calleja

Democratic Candidates The Front Runner: Frank Caprio, General TreasurerThe son of a judge with a court show on the local ABC …

Last Of The Kennedys

Week in Review, Feb 18 2010

by Marguerite Preston

Our government hasn’t been without a Kennedy serving in national office for more than 60 years. Ever since John F. Kennedy …

Novocaine For Lil Wayne

Week in Review, Feb 18 2010

by Malcom Burnley

On February 9, Lil Wayne faced a Manhattan court. Previously scheduled to enter the slammer, he instead drove away with his …

Chief Chinchilla

Week in Review, Feb 18 2010

by Emily Gogolak

Another woman took center stage in world politics when Costa Ricans elected their first female president on February 7. President Elect …

From The Editors

From the Editors, Feb 18 2010

by Sam Dean

Speaking of Venn diagrams (cf. the X Page), overlay Page 8’s pseudo-apocalyptics and page 9’s dreamy sketches of Yellowstone, and you’ll …


Sports, Feb 11 2010

by Miguel Morales

This week in not kidding: David Sills, a 13-year old from Bear, Delaware, has committed to play quarterback for University of …

mind the cap

Sports, Feb 11 2010

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood

That life-affirming, cathartic New Orleans Super Bowl victory you watched (or may have heard about) might be the last until 2012. …

Frozen For The Future

Science, Feb 11 2010

by Melanie Chow

In the past century, our food’s biodiversity has fallen off a cliff, a drop that could lead to disaster. Luckily, the …

Romance is boring

Opinions, Feb 11 2010

by Eli Schmitt

Romantic love, the guest we hope to welcome in on Valentine’s Day, is appealing in concept. Ostensibly, love is hard to …

Souffle foreplay: how to make her come over

Features, Feb 11 2010

by Maud Doyle

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. For the souffle to rise, the oven has to be completely heated when the cake …

Object of Affection

Features, Feb 11 2010

by Marguerite Preston

So many things the Eiffel Tower stands for, so many versions of love for so many kinds of lovers. What good …

Chat Roulette

X, Feb 11 2010

by Emily Segal is a website that instantly connects you with a random stranger on video chat. It showcases the freakish and the …


Features, Feb 04 2010

by Richard Whitman

December 11th, 2009: “Today, I just read every BrownFML, finishing at 5:30 in the morning. I have an Orgo exam at …

No More Dragons

Week in Review, Feb 04 2010

by Marguerite Preston

In 2004 Captain Bruce Muraski of Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution received a worrisome letter from ananonymous inmate. As the prison’s Disruptive …


Features, Feb 04 2010

by Richard Whitman

December 11th, 2009: “Today, I just read every BrownFML, finishing at 5:30 in the morning. I have an Orgo exam at …

The Parable of the Tiger and the Undertaker

Sports, Feb 04 2010

by Simon van zuylen-wood

Challenger CM Punk is wearing nothing but a yellow Speedo and wrist tape marked with the letter X. His greasy brown …

Sight To Be Seen

Literary, Feb 04 2010

by Kaela Myers

It wasn’t for the sex that I agreed to go on the sex tour. It’s not really the sort of thing …


Features, Dec 03 2009

by Emma Berry

The little boy’s nosebleed wouldn’t stop. He needed brain surgery as soon as possible to prevent a cluster of blood vessels …


News, Dec 03 2009

by Simone Landon

In 2000, we had Elián. The Aughts’ Great Immigration Debate—played out in the media, on the political stump, and around kitchen …

Apocalypse Always

Science, Dec 03 2009

by Maggie Lange

It would be nice to blame someone for these massive panics, these big bait-and-switch games about the impending end of the …

Minor Celebrity

Arts, Dec 03 2009

by Marisa Calleja

Last week, Michele and Tareq Salahi left their Virginia home dressed to the nines and successfully evaded security to attend an …

The Decade's Wars

Opinions, Dec 03 2009

by Katie Okamoto

New decades, like presidential inaugurations, have a certain hopeful flavor, a hint of fresh things to come. But new decades, like …


Features, Dec 03 2009

by Sam Dean

Ralph Nader is America’s leading consumer advocate and favorite third party candidate. After three unsuccessful bids for the presidency in the …

Oh me, oh maya

Science, Nov 19 2009

by Maggie Lange

The trailer of Sony Pictures’ latest disaster movie, 2012, posits what might be the most outrageous human rights dilemma of all …

Kentucky dreamin'

Sports, Nov 19 2009

by Evan Carmouche

In a recent bout of homesickness I pulled up the Wikipedia article on US Interstate Highway 64. I wondered if maybe …

Four photographers, one little state

Metro, Nov 19 2009

by Monica Heffron

Focus on Four,” now showing at the Newport Art Museum, features the work of four photographers with superficially little in common. …

A Letter to Eileen

Literary, Nov 19 2009

by Audrey von Maluski

Excerpted from a 1962 collection of short stories by the Sudanese author Al-Tayyib Salih (1929-2009), this story concerns a character who …


Features, Nov 19 2009

by Emma Whitford

On a summer day in 1987, three-year-old Audrey Santo fell into her family’s backyard swimming pool and suffered massive hypoxia. Unconscious …


Arts, Nov 12 2009

by Jeffrey Martin

Welcome to the world of tomorrow, where all yourmedia dreams come true. Allow me to catchyou up: Americans left behind rosy …


Opinions, Nov 12 2009

by Katie Okamoto

POSITION: OCEAN > SPACEBadass. That’s the ocean. Everything aboutit—its direct beauty, its intense and originalperfume, its physical and spiritual powerto move, …


boxstory, Nov 12 2009

by Lillian Mathews

A new amendment to Rhode Island law has clarifiedhow qualified citizens will obtain medical marijuanawithin the next year. Despite Governor Donald …

From the Editors

FTE, Nov 12 2009

by Katie Okamoto

The significance of Wednesday’s Veterans Day remainsprofound. Americans still fight and die abroad, and thosewho return bear the physical and emotional …

Digital Lockdown

Hulu, Murdoch, and the monetization of free TV

arts & culture, Nov 12 2009

by Jeffrey Martin

Welcome to the world of tomorrow, where all your media dreams come true. Allow me to catch you up: Americans left …

The Ocean vs. Outer Space


by Katie Okamoto

Badass. That’s the ocean. Everything about it—its direct beauty, its intense and original perfume, its physical and spiritual power to move, …


Metro, Nov 12 2009

by Lillian Mathews

A new amendment to Rhode Island law has clarified how qualified citizens will obtain medical marijuana within the next year. Despite …

Red herring veto

News, Nov 12 2009

by Maggie Lange

In an effort to help the Ocean State stay true to its name, Governor Carcieri vetoed legislation last week to impose …

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, …

Indoors To Underground: The Criminalization of Indoor Prostitution in Rhode Island

News, Nov 05 2009

by Maggie Lange

On Tuesday, Governor Don Carcieri confirmed a bill to criminalize indoor prostitution in the Ocean State after both chambers of the …

Paranoid Times

Arts, Oct 29 2009

by Rebekah Bergman

Under the aegis of the Providence Conspiracy League, Issue 1 of PARANOIA was Xeroxed on a $500 budget at Kinko’s in …


Arts, Oct 29 2009

by Marisa Calleja

Since it was published in 1984, John Updike’s Witches of Eastwick—an outlandish fantasy/satire about provincial life in a fictional Rhode Island …

Planting PVD

Providence embraces urban gardening

Metro, Oct 22 2009

by Lillian Mathews

As far as cities go, Providence is hardly your typical"asphalt jungle."A growing presence of leafy greensand tomato vines has found its …

Vote for ____ in 2012

the perpetual presidential campaign in US politics

arts & culture, opinions, Oct 22 2009

by Baird Bream

Much to my surprise, I agree with something TomFriedman wrote in his weekly New York Times column from September 29 (“Where …

Hard Times at Twin River

greyhounds and the future of Rhode Island gambling

metro, Oct 22 2009

by Emma Whitford

Until August 8, Twin River greyhound racetrack andcasino in Lincoln,Rhode Island was riding the tailend of a tradition brought to the …

Week In Review 10/22/09

Rhode Island's rankings and French Vogue's rank styling

News, Oct 22 2009

by Maggie Lange & Beatrice Igne-Bianchi

Rank There are all sorts of lists: to-do lists, wish lists, guest lists, hit-lists, pro andconlists. Lists can be funny (McSweeney’s), …

An Excerpt From Eldritch

a play

Literary, Oct 09 2009

by Sam Alper

Everyone is a wizard, except for Father Levit, who is a priest.Wizards wear beautiful capes. They hold lengths of wood. Gabriel …

Yo, Beaver!

amphibious architecture in New York

arts & culture, Oct 09 2009

by Katie Okamoto

September 29, 2009, 10:50:00 PM. I received this SMS text: Jose hr b4 u ask yes still single.not a single female …

Advertising In Review

Maeda x Lexus collaboration reviewed

arts & culture, Oct 09 2009

by Patrick Armstrong

RISD President John Maeda is in the news.Well, kind of. Maeda’s latest commissionedillustration, an advertisement for the newLexus HS 250 hybrid …


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 …

Chalk It Up To Experience

how to win votes and fill asphalt at the Providence Street Arts Festival

Metro, Oct 09 2009

by Marguerite Preston

Remember when you were a kid and you couldspend hours sprawled on the sidewalk outliningflowers and dogs, drawing big-headed stick figures …

Raising Costs, Raising Fists

the fight for healthcare and workers' rights in Prov city

Metro, Oct 09 2009

by Samuel Adler-Bell

Last Thursday, more than 200 Brown Dining Service (BDS) workers,Providence union members, and students gathered before the steps of University Hall …


the US's awkward legacy in Latin America complicates its inaction regarding the Honduran coup

News, Oct 09 2009

by Simone Landon

On Friday, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint (R) returned from a “fact-finding” mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In a press release,DeMint stated …

Shades of Green

in green building, the hot new thing is to renew the old

News, Oct 09 2009

by Maggie Lange

Green—it used to mean cold, hard cash. Now, it’s a relatively meaningless buzzword for building something with an ecological conscience. In …

From the Editors 10/8/09

FTE, Oct 09 2009

by Joy Neumeyer

This mid-October, in between staving off deadly microbes (that handsanitizer seems too good to be true), debating whether Columbus is Friend …

Stop Breathing My Air

a brief history of the quarantine

arts & culture, Oct 05 2009

by Joy Neumeyer

Quarantines confine healthy people who may have been exposed to acommunicabledisease. The first known quarantines appear in the Old Testament, which …


arts & culture, Oct 05 2009

by Marisa Calleja

A scary America Roman Polanski's apprehension on Saturday at the Zürich airport hasFrench cultural and politicalspheres in a considerable uproar. As …

Sea Change

New England groundfishermen face new management plan

Metro, Oct 05 2009

by Katie Okamoto

Tom Osmers is a Martha’s Vineyard fisherman—wiry, with close greyhair under a baseball cap, a good beard, a narrow nose in …

Third Base Gets Short-Stopped

new research links HPV to throat cancer

News, Oct 05 2009

by Maggie Lange

An STD that goes straight for the throat: the human papillomavirus (HPV)is found to be responsible for 60 percent of throat …

From the Editors


FTE, Oct 01 2009

by Simone Landon

Had political columnist, linguist, and brain donor William Safire lived in the United Kingdom in an earlier time, he may well …

Fruit Cup

Literary, Sep 28 2009

by Rebekah Bergman

FRUIT CUP Grasshoppers leapfrog While watermelon juice drips Off pretty pink chins. Grapes ripe to raisins On the porch. You like …


Literary, Sep 28 2009

by Rebekah Bergman

PHYSIOLOGY (The stubble on your chin is radio static) TINY ANTENNAE IN MY EYELASHES: What is the frequency of white noise? …


Literary, Sep 28 2009

by Ezra Miller

The Archaeologist He excavates my collarbone, the thin skinned recesses, plumbing my body’s sunken architecture. // St. Augustine in my breast …

Not Just Jazz Hands

Cabaret at the Trinity Rep

Arts & Culture, Sep 28 2009

by Marisa Calleja

When I told people I was seeing Cabaret on Saturday, there were a few snickers and a few raised eyebrows. One …

40 Barren Years

still no birth control pill for men


by Rebekah Bergman

In the 1950s a young woman at the drive-in with her beau would have been understandably anxious about the expiration date …

Let Them Prove It

documenting human rights abuses in Russia

News, Sep 28 2009

by Joy Neumeyer

On a frigid Moscow morning in 1977, physicist Yuri Orlovwatched as the KGB men drove up to his apartment andexited their …

Rhode Island Recap

Metro, Sep 28 2009

by Maggie Lange

Proverbial pawnshop The city of Providence has, in essence, gone to the proverbial pawnshop.Items for bidding at the Renaissance City’s Urban …

From the Editors

FTE, Sep 28 2009

by Audrey von Maluski

Consider the following: last Saturday, aBrown student went to a certain Thayer Streetnightclub and ordered a round of tequila shotsand a …

Space Jam

the 21st century’s latest trash problem is in orbit


by Clare Kim

"The first concussion cut the rocket up the side with a giant can opener. Themen were thrown into space like a …


Literary, Sep 18 2009

by Kaela Myers

I’m in Atlanta and when I’m in Atlanta there’s always that feeling when you step out of the air-conditioning and all …

Stealing Zeitgeist

see Tao Lin write, see Tao Lin steal, see Tao Lin capture a present fearlessly with deadpan humor

arts & culture, Sep 18 2009

by Miguel Morales

A book containing gambling, pornography, the University of Florida, a bus straight out of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, vegan yuppies, …

RISD, Without Hope

the mysterious resignation of a museum director

arts & culture, Sep 18 2009

by Marisa Calleja

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum reopened after summerholiday this month with a new director. The previous director, HopeAlswang, announced …

The Artifice of the Internship

are you (non) experienced?

arts & culture, Sep 18 2009

by Rebekah Bergman

Coffee cups and copy machines. Nervous smiles at stern superiors.Straining one’s ears to hear snippets of debates as meeting room doors …

I Had the Time of my Life

arts & culture, Sep 17 2009

by Marisa Calleja

Patrick Swayze, grinder of hips and heartthrob extraordinaire, died Monday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze was born in …

I-Way or the Highway

Metro, Sep 17 2009

by Maggie Lange

In Providence, the streets are the cities’ largest public space. It’s not parks or the famed waterfront—it’s the streets. The day …

Megafauna and the Impending Biomass Crash


by Simone Landon

Full disclosure: I was really into dinosaurs when I was a kid. And I don't meanall that Land Before Time Petrie …

Roz Raskin

Metro, Apr 23 2009

by Mateo Mancia

Following the critical success of 2006's The Ecotones, her debut solo album, Roz Raskin is at the helm of her own …

Writing the War: The Story of Lyn Crost B'38

Features, Apr 23 2009

by Audrey von Maluski

I am interested in the goddamn sad science of war.--Ernest HemingwayAnzio, Italy 30 May 1945: The war is over. Lyn Crost …

Sex, Lies and Red Tape

Features, Apr 23 2009

by Joy Neumeyer

YAROSLAVL, RUSSIA At the "Achieving Your Dreams" club, Anya Alexandrova is fruitlessly trying to hold the attention of the 15-year-olds in …


Literary, Apr 23 2009

by many

To celebrate the completion of senior theses, the Indy has decided to publish excerpts from this year's Literary Arts and Creative …


Literary, Apr 23 2009

by Mateo Mancia

IThe plane itself mocks your faith in scientific principles--not the least of which is gravity. Air travel assumes you, rational person, …


News, Apr 16 2009

by Maggie Lange

PENNSYLVANIA "EMERGENCY" TARNISHES, AUGMENTS GOOD FRIDAY CELEBRATIONSAt 2 AM this past Friday, a Philadelphia cable broadcast of Good Friday ceremonies at …


News, Apr 16 2009

by Mateo Mancia

As a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 1992, Irish songwriter-activist Sin√©ad O'Connor tore a photo of Pope John …


Metro, Apr 16 2009

by Maggie Lange

After the countless rows of three-storied, neutral-colored, slat-board houses that make up Providence's West Side, the vibrant intensity of the Wat …

Curtains for Coney

Features, Apr 16 2009

by Simone Landon

Once the world's biggest playground, the waterfront amusement district declines. From hey-day turn-of-the-century attractions like theatrical re-creations of tenement fires, Coney …


Sports, Apr 16 2009

by Miguel Morales

No one expected this. On a windy Sunday chockfull of storylines, from Kenny Perry's bid to become the oldest major champion …


Science, Apr 16 2009

by Emma Berry

Travis was 14 and, by all accounts, an all-American guy. He loved baseball and steak. He'd appeared in a commercial for …


Dana Schutz's missing pictures at Zach Feuer.

Arts & Culture , Apr 16 2009

by Sean Monahan

Supposedly, the most accurate depiction of a nuclear explosion Hollywood has ever produced is found in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). …


Arts, Apr 16 2009

by Benjamin Bernstein

Few ladies bring the soul today like Sharon Jones. Frontwoman of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings--an old-school funk band whose sound …


Literary, Apr 16 2009

by Martin Feiss

Holding Out

Features, Apr 09 2009

by Michael Gonda

Balmore and Rosy Rivas do not know what to do. Two weeks ago, the owners of a large cattle farm in …

Andrew Zimbalist

Features, Apr 09 2009

by Miguel Morales

Andrew Zimbalist, the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, loves sports, and writes about them extensively--but not in …


Features, Apr 09 2009

by Simone Landon

Let's begin with a thought experiment: You are Jesus. You have 5,000 mouths to feed and few resources--a couple dead fish …


Features, Apr 09 2009

by Katie Okamoto

This is the first time I have met Rodney Avila. I meet him at his house, a split level just outside …


News, Mar 19 2009

by Simone Landon

San Salvador, March 15The gorilla problem was supposed to be solved. Since the peace accords of the late '80s and early …


News, Mar 19 2009

by Maggie Lange

Holla Back (or, I just want Beepers back.) Last week, Google introduced a new service that will change the way we …


Features, Mar 19 2009

by Audrey von Maluski

It is rare for a child in the United States to support his or her family financially. Among older children--those who …

Abortion in Providence


arts & culture, Mar 19 2009

by Josh Sunderman

For any young woman riding there by taxi, the drive to Problem Pregnancy of Providence at 400 Atwells St. can be …


Sports, Mar 19 2009

by Miguel Morales

Sixty-five teams.Single elimination.Last team standing wins. This is the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The sweat, the sneakers, the stars, the upsets …


News, Mar 12 2009

by Maggie Lange

IT'S A FISH! IT'S A WHALE! NO, IT'S A de ROTHSCHILD!When a project pitch involves a phrase along the lines of …

In a Jif: Easy and Delicious Do-It-Yourself Nut Butters

Features, Mar 12 2009

by Marguerite Preston

There are certain foods that only seem to exist within the realm of plastic packaging and brand names. We get them …


Features, Mar 12 2009

by Katie Okamoto

There is something about its translation to cinematic spectacle that inspires nausea for reasons other than the gore and pancake-flat lines. …


Literary, Mar 12 2009

by Ali Hoffman

FADE IN:INT. AUSTIN'S BEDROOM - DAYAUSTIN FAGER, late 20s, lies passed out on top of his covers, wearing only tighty-whities.OLGA, a …


Literary, Mar 12 2009

by Max Posner

The kitchen of an office. A nice office, where serious businessmen wear serious clothes and talk numbers. The lighting is mildly …


News, Mar 05 2009

by Maggie Lange

March 9, Baron Bliss DayOn March 9, 1926, Baron Bliss passed away so blissfully in Belize that he decided to bequeath …


Metro, Mar 05 2009

by Zachary Smith

Have you ever wanted to see snakes unhinge their jaws to tear open and swallow defrosted infant mice four times the …


Opinions, Mar 05 2009

by Katie Okamoto

As if we needed more proof that television news is produced in a spirit of sensationalism and incompetence. In December, NBC …


Features, Mar 05 2009

by Margo Irvin

Last Sunday morning, construction crews stopped traffic in downtown Denver to remove the words Rocky Mountain News from the fa√ßade of …


Arts, Mar 05 2009

by Sean Monahan

With the American economy reeling from the global financial crisis and conspicuous consumption floundering in its wake, now may be the …


News, Feb 26 2009

by Emma Brown

Brown, like many other universities, plans to increase the number of surveillance cameras it employs across campus. This is hardly a …


Sports, Feb 26 2009

by Miguel Morales

This is how one world ends and another begins. The trunk opens. You take your boots, your leather cuirass and your …


Science, Feb 26 2009

by Matt Surka

A female voice greets you by name, and you know you should feel happy that this girl, from six paces of …


Metro, Feb 26 2009

by Katie Okamoto

The fate of Providence's neighborhood libraries will be decided in less than a week. Currently, the Central Library in Downcity and …


Opinions, Feb 12 2009

by Margaree Little

For this week's Opinions page, I asked two writers, one involved with pro-Israeli efforts and another involved with pro-Palestinian efforts, to …


Features, Feb 12 2009

by Simone Landon

Everyone looks better in black and white, even porn stars. Despite the current in your face potential for colorful love, ranging …


Science, Feb 12 2009

by Matt Surka

Vampire traps12:17 PM, T-minus seven hours and forty-three minutes to third-date pickup hour, strolling down a mall walkway somewhere between Abercrombie …


Science, Feb 12 2009

by Melanie Chow

In Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man unable to move any part of …


News, Feb 05 2009

by Maggie Lange

If states received Academy Awards for Most Nominated, the Ocean State might take home a gilded statuette in 2009. The committee …


Metro, Feb 05 2009

by Katie Okamoto

Providence native Susan Russo is a food writer based in San Diego. She posted her first story on her food blog …


Sports, Feb 05 2009

by Miguel Morales

You can call him Coach. Countless others do, and while Greg Glassman hasn't coached a sports team in the traditional sense, …


Features, Feb 05 2009

by Simone Landon

Throughout the 22-day war in Gaza, legal definitions like "distinction" and "proportionality" entered the media's coverage of Israel's actions. The 24-hour …


Literary, Dec 04 2008

by Miguel Morales


News, Nov 20 2008

by Miguel Morales

YES WE CAN? YES SIR!This past Wednesday, commuters throughout six major metropolitan centers, most notably New York City, Los Angeles and …

Missing in Action

Metro, Nov 20 2008

by Milton Crabcakke

What is happening to all of the DIY venues in Providence? While there are still shows happening almost every night, compared …


Arts, Nov 20 2008

by Emily Segal

Just as Rhode Island is neither road nor island, Triple Candie is an art space that neither shows art nor (since …


Features, Nov 20 2008

by Maggie Lange

Every few years, a piece emerges in the Independent, BSR, or the Providence Journal with the message "Did you know there …


Literary, Nov 20 2008

by Katie Okamoto

When Toya was little she liked the taste of metal, especially cast iron, which is what her mother cooked in. Mom …


News, Nov 13 2008

by Marisa Calleja

$2.5 MILLION FOR OPEN SPACE BONDSDespite an ailing state economy, Rhode Island voters followed an electoral tradition of supporting land conservation …


Features, Nov 13 2008

by Katie Okamoto

The way we name official holidays is political; little is ever just a matter of words. When November 11 changed from …


Science, Nov 13 2008

by Rebekah Bergman

Two weeks ago, researchers in London found experimental proof for the proverbial "fine line" between love and hate. The emotions activate …


Features, Nov 06 2008

by Michael Gonda

"And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios …


News, Nov 06 2008

by Audrey von Maluski

A new food bank at Hope High School on the East Side of Providence will make it easier for hungry students …


Arts, Nov 06 2008

by Audrey von Maluski

AS220 // 11.08.08 // $5 coverMahi Mahi // midnight Triangle Forest // 11 pm The Viennagram // 10 pmA Troop of …


Arts, Nov 06 2008

by Tom Iadacola

DEERHOOFOffend MaggieKill Rock Stars (2008)Deerhoof has a knack for pissing people off. Maybe it's Satomi Matsuzaki's dazed, toddler-ish vocals that do …


Features, Nov 06 2008

by Matt Surka

Friend request accepted," reads a Dentyne gum ad on the wall of a Boston subway car. The huge letters are watermarked …


Literary, Nov 06 2008

by Emily Segal

I don't mean this meanly.They always had the important talks--race, finance-- when she was sleeping, which meant she always fucked up. …


News, Oct 30 2008

by Katie Okamoto

T he Daily Show With Jon Stewart can offer sophisticated commentary on American elections, even while using words like "douchenoggles." Sure, …


Opinions, Oct 30 2008

by Katie Okamoto

All along the docks at the fishing port of Point Judith, at the very tip of southern Rhode Island, big draggers …


Metro, Oct 30 2008

by Maggie Lange

In Girl from Sabiner Mountains, a painting by Franz Winterhalter, a peasant woman rests languidly by a tree. Sunlight flickers through …


Metro, Oct 30 2008

by Johnn McGarry

The Providence Journal's building on Fountain Street stretches for three blocks of prime downtown real estate. The newsroom is located in …


Features, Oct 30 2008

by Joy Neumeyer

When students at Liberty University checked their email on September 22, an exhortation to make history beckoned among the usual Facebook …


Features, Oct 30 2008

by Sam Dean

The gravestones splay like zombie fingers getting their first breath of undead air, half-sunk and faded. These gray slabs for Rhode …


Arts, Oct 30 2008

by Amanda Marquit

In such pressing economic times as these, buying art is one of the last things on anyone's agenda. Such expensive non-necessities …


Arts, Oct 30 2008

by Tom Iadecola

MARNIE STERN This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It …


Literary, Oct 30 2008

by Miguel Morales

Not one but two bees live between the outer and inner window of my bedroom, subsisting on their built-up, built-in pollen …


Literary, Oct 30 2008

by Sam Alper

[1]Location: On Lochman Lane, a hill on supposedly private property, overlooking downtown LA. Midday, sunny. Two young guys sit in the …


News, Oct 23 2008

by Margo Irvin

El Porvenir means 'the future.' It's also the forward-looking name of a Bolivian town where, on September 11, a group of …


Arts, Oct 23 2008

by Amanda Marquit

What would punk rock have been without a whiny bleached-blonde hanger-on and the spiky-haired eighty-pound object of her affection? Yes, we …


Arts, Oct 23 2008

by Marisa Calleja

When Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist came out two weeks ago, it seemed like it would be the flagship film for …


Features, Oct 23 2008

by Matt Surka

It is the largest state-sponsored project in Rhode Island's history, and it's being proposed during extremely tight financial times. As Katie …


Features, Oct 09 2008

by Maggie Lange

Throughout history, escape tales from penitentiary systems have cropped up in books and films alike: The Count of Monte Cristo, Escape …


Features, Oct 09 2008

by Audrey von Maluski

It was Friday September 26, at about 9:40 pm, and the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, Ohio had come together to …


Science, Oct 09 2008

by Matt Surka

Throughout history, people have been fascinated by the idea of the Invisible Man. In movies, novels and comic books, invisibility has …


Literary, Oct 09 2008

by Miguel Morales

_______ (Salutation) Economy,Throughout history, we humans have labored to create a more ____ (prestigious sounding adjective, e.g. prestigious) union. Unfortunately, to …


Sports, Oct 09 2008

by Simone Landon

Throughout history, the fall solstice has signaled athletic bliss. Ah, autumn. All leaves and cider and groundskeepers chalking out the perimeters …


Features, Oct 02 2008

by Joy Neumeyer

During last Friday's presidential debate, Senator Barack Obama pronounced that Americans currently face "the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression." …


News, Oct 02 2008

by Leona Rusenblum

If the credit card industry is ignored in the current sub-prime crisis and bailout package, there's "a new financial meltdown" looming …


Arts, Sep 25 2008

by Amanda Marquit

Tiffany "New York" Pollard is a woman of little talent. Her appearance is something akin to that of a streetwalker; her …


Literary, Sep 25 2008

by Kaela Myers

Maxine is writing again. She's holed up in the treehouse. Every morning we leave her food in the bucket and though …


Features, Sep 25 2008

by Marisa Calleja

There was a time when MTV was about sex and rebellion, when the hottest accessories worn to the Video Music Awards …


Features, Sep 18 2008

by Michael Gonda

I was a sophomore in high school when I first heard about polygamy and polygamous cults in America. A CNN article …


Features, Sep 18 2008

by Joy Neumeyer

Their faces smiled from bus stops, from escalators, from sidewalks, a vision of Russian purity alongside the leggy glitz of Sex …


Literary, Sep 18 2008

by Miguel Morales

Just who might be Valery Giscard d'Estaing?You might be. You've got the same facial hair, the same lines running down your …


News, Sep 18 2008

by Katie Okamoto

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK?By now, the so-called death of local print media seems an old story; if once there was …


News, Apr 17 2008

by Simone Landon

Popemobile cum party busPlanning a birthday party is tough, and after 81 years you kind of run out of ideas. Chuck-E-Cheese …


Features, Apr 03 2008

by Michael Gonda

In the village in Western Province, Kenya where I lived and taught English for four months, everyone had a method for …


Features, Apr 03 2008

by Katie Okamoto

Bob Jaffe is like beef jerky: long, narrow, unknown age, skin like dry leather. Yet he's playing Bobby, a seven-year-old boy …


News, Apr 03 2008

by Simone Landon

This week, a lot went down in the world. At times, it seemed our planet was in peril. Gaia, the spirit …

Be Strong

On Earning a Coach's Respect

Metabolics, Mar 20 2008

by Audrey von Maluski

The first time I ever saw Coach Taylor, he was sitting on a set of old wooden gym bleachers, his elbows …

Excerpts From Dog Heroes

a treatise on the future of Latin America as seen through an immobile man and his thirty Belgian Malinois shepherds

Literary, Mar 20 2008

by Mario Bellatin Translated from Spanish by David Noriega

Close to the city airport there lives a man who, apart from being an immobile man--that is to say, a man …

The World's Most Function Mystery Box

a minority report on the state of laptop design

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Michelle Snow

In the curios shoppe of my retired personal electronics, commingling in a drawer among exhausted AA batteries and grimy Tamagotchis, are …

Why Are You Doing This To Me

some things that happened on sunday at the rock

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Molly Young

Sunday morning I eat breakfast at Meeting Street with a friend who is visiting from out of town. On the way …

Over Six Billion Served

is globalization putting an end to good food?

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Rohan Maddamsetti

Rich people don't eat Wonder Bread. They also avoid white eggs (brown are more natural) and tap water (tastier if from …

The Clothes Off Our Backs

hey hey, ho ho, irresponsible licensing has got to go

News, Mar 20 2008

by Simone Landon

Every year, Brown spends thousands of dollars on speaking fees for lecturers on topics from human sexuality (Dr. Ruth) to spoken …

Week In Review

News, Mar 20 2008

by Fawzia Mahmood

No Lie: My Lai The Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal that leaked in 2004, the murder of 24 Iraqi civilians in …

Out Of The Depths He Cries For You

Arts & Culture, Mar 13 2008

by Rob Moor

The issue of Barack Obama's religious heritage continues to reappear in the most unexpected places, arising less like the mythical phoenix …

Look At Us

turning the spotlight onto celebrity look-alikes

Arts & Culture, Mar 13 2008

by Caitlin McKenna

Bill Hair's answering machine picks up after six rings. The tinny voice on the other end sounds vaguely familiar. "Hi," it …

Did Not / Did Too

ideological extremism and Japan's problem with history

Opinions, Mar 13 2008

by David Feldmanbe

Japan was given an unexpected shock this past week after a public suicide that left the press hungry for details. On …

In Blind Pursuit of the Invisible

what happened to the war on terror

Opinions, Mar 13 2008

by Rohan Maddamsetti

Nine days after the fall of the World Trade Center, President Bush declared war on global terrorism. It has been more …

Week in Women

News, Mar 13 2008

by Audrey von Maluski

It's been a strange week for the ladies, at least if a glance at newspaper or internet headlines is any indication. …


notes inspired by the sounds outside my centrally located window

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2008

by Michelle Snow

But first, a brief synopsis of my history with fluorescent cube stacks of Post-It Notes: When I was nine years old …

On Cold Sores

Literary, Mar 06 2008

by Emily Segal

The lip begins to throb in the morning. The warning sensations of a cold sore are itching, burning and increased sensitivity, …

An Island of a Man

Fidel fades into the red

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2008

by Liam Daniel Pierce

Fidel Castro's resignation on February 20 came less as a shock than as one of the most calculated anticlimaxes in history. …

What Would Jesus Download

godtube wants you to watch it's videos—and find eternal salvation

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2008

by Joy Neumeyer

As red letters scribble his words across a black screen, an anxious young male voice who calls himself Josh rhetorically addresses …

Check Out My Sweet Archaeopteryx

thinking of inking in a time of cultural polarity

Opinions, Mar 06 2008

by Katie Okamoto

"The tat is of a sea urchin egg, two cell embryo, blastula, gastrula, prism stage and pluteus larval stage. Or, as …

Manifest Destiny in Khartoum

did buckleyism beget Omar Al-Bashir

News, Mar 06 2008

by Matt Prewitt

In 1969, a young Noam Chomsky sat down with William Buckley on the PBS show Firing Line to debate the motives …

The Cartography of Memory

mapping personal history on the streets of Providence

Arts & Culture, Feb 28 2008

by Margo Irvin

I have only general impressions, now, of the first time I saw Providence: the stark outline of the Bank of America …

French Film Festival

Arts & Culture, Feb 28 2008

by Chloe Malle

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge, or The Flight of the Red Balloon, is Taiwanese director Hou …

Step Inside the Wonderdome

the church, supersized

Arts & Culture, Feb 28 2008

by Rob Moor

Megachurch. The word used to fill me with a peculiar mix of awe and dread, like 'Death Star' or 'tidal wave.' …

Citizen Science

whose fault is it that nobody understands science writing

Opinions, Feb 28 2008

by Katie Okamoto

The public's knowledge of science relies for the most part on scientists, who are as well known for their eloquence as …

The Ethics of Genetics

Opinions, Feb 28 2008

by Rohan Madamsetti

No one knows how to save Cameroon's rainforest. Since 2001, Joseph Matta, the Cameroonian Minister of Forestry, has been trying to …

Prism Power

Sue Carcieri can't take the refracted heat

News, Feb 14 2008

by Simone Landon

A yellow fist, outlined boldly in black, punches through the logo of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). The fist is …

Week In Review

News, Feb 14 2008

by Aaron Cutler, Liam Pierce, Max Emont & Robert Moor

Mitt Romney Flip-Flops, Talk Radio Flips Out "Unless America changes course, we could become the France of the 21st century," Mitt …

Food Stamps

making good food affordable with Farm Fresh RI

Arts & Culture, Feb 14 2008

by Audrey von Maluski

It is an overcast Saturday. The streets are quiet, and the sky is heavy with the promise of snow. Peer through …


watching animals screw at the zoo

Arts & Culture, Feb 14 2008

by Chloe Malle

On Valentine's Day in the heart of New York's Central Park, "Jungle Love" ceases to be merely a mating call for …

Bright White Lines

Cocaine's cultural politics

Arts & Culture, Feb 14 2008

by Matt Sledge

The question of soul singer Amy Winehouse's life expectancy detains us. Her husband estimates "three months," but the videographic evidence suggests …

In Need of New Blood

When it comes to donor discrimination, blame the feds

Opinions, Feb 14 2008

by Robert Moor

Staring up into the dusty rafters of Brown's Sayles Hall, I lie on my back and feel the blood drain out …

A Spoonful of Scripture

Candy shopping in Jerusalem

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Molly Young

Is there a direct relationship between piety and sugar consumption? I was in Jerusalem and I never saw so much candy. …

From Serbia with Love

On Kanvassing, Kafanas, and Kosovo

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Fawzia Mahmood

At a stoplight on the bustling commercial boulevard of Knez Mihailova in downtown Belgrade, a group of Serbian Democratic Party (SDP) …

Novel Idea

The rise of Japan's story-by-cellphone

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Chelsea Rudman

When Americans see a teenager tapping out text on her cellphone, they assume she's chatting with friends or sealing a date …

Birth Control Uncoverage

One doodle that can be undid, homeskillet

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Katie Okamoto

From teenage whoopsidaisies to one night stands gone unglamorously wrong, unintended pregnancies were big in the world of movies this year. …

Here to Stay: Will Rhode Island Stay Polyglot?

News, Jan 31 2008

by Simone Landon

"It's all about race," insisted Gladys Gould at a rally titled "Unite for Fairness" on Saturday, January 20 in Pawtucket. "The …

Week In Review

News, Jan 31 2008

by Simone Landon, Audrey Von Maluski & Adam Moor

PARKING WARS! "By day we tow, we boot, we write tickets / By night we pop softballs 'cause you know we …

I am a Vagina, Hear Me Roar

Arts & Culture, Mar 10 2005

by Michelle Snow

Eve Ensler is worried about vaginas. After over 200 interviews with women of all ages, races, creeds, and backgrounds, Ensler compiled …