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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 …

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 …

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 …

“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 …

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, …

Long Shadows Smoking Guns

Features, Apr 19 2019

by Tabitha Payne

I think many people who live in Downtown Providence and on the East Side would be surprised to discover that a …

After Life

Literary, Apr 12 2019

by Jorge Palacios

A slight breeze tickles the hairs on the medium-sized A slight breeze tickles the hair on the young girl’s arms, and …

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 …

Week in Dismemberment

News, Apr 04 2019

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Signe Swanson

A DICHOTOMY OF BAGELS A firestorm erupted on Twitter last Monday when Alek Krautmann, a DC-based Missouri native, posted a photo …

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 …

Week in $$$

News, Mar 15 2019

by Sarah Clapp & Zachary Baytosh

One-Student Schoolhouse Facing overcrowding last school-year in Cheyenne, Wyoming school administrators resorted to shuffling students around the district in an effort …

Money in Your Mouth

Literary, Mar 15 2019

by Tabitha Payne

And then the money was in your mouth. So much money you were always eating salad, those pretentious, extortionate salads your …

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 …

5x5

Literary, Mar 08 2019

by Eduardo Guitérrez Peña

Bingo night is every Thursday. I will never go. The game is a purgatory for squares and number counters, and worse …

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 …

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 …

Misreadings and Misgivings

Understanding the Venezuelan presidential crisis

News, Feb 08 2019

by Oriana Van Praag

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

A Second Latin Boom

Echoes and potential in a new aesthetic movement

Features, Feb 08 2019

by Eduardo Guitérrez Peña

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

All In

Rhode Island legalizes sports betting

Metro, Feb 08 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deb 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 …

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, …

From the Editors

FTE, Dec 07 2018

by PPS

On Wednesday, Black students at Brown walked out of class, joined by allies in the community, to commemorate and reassert the …

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 …

Week in Compassionate Capitalism

News, Dec 07 2018

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Caroline Ribet

STEM or: HOW GIRL SCOUTS LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB content warning: military violence At last month’s Macy’s …

The Absence

Literary, Nov 30 2018

by Nicolaia Rips

Margaret Boyle woke up and her left incisor was loose. In her dream, she was crushed under a giant unspecified citrus …

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 …

The Life of Lorimer

Body, Nov 16 2018

by Nicolaia Rips

Lorimer was a zesty youth. His baker made him with lemon rind and bitter vanilla. The lemon was shriveled and white-yellow …

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 …

Building my Ofrenda

Embodying ancestral knowledge in a scientific dystopia

Features, Nov 16 2018

by Jorge Palacios

Though Día de los Muertos is now over, I often think about the ofrendas, or altars, that my mom sets up …

Artificial Sweeteners

Providence navigates urban development

Metro, Nov 16 2018

by Peder S. Schaefer

Last week the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council voted favorably on a bill that would increase the building height …

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 …

From the Editors

FTE, Nov 09 2018

by CP && WW

We check the news: Democrats win the House, Republicans win the Senate. All of this—the sleepless nights angry at the evening …

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 …

Week in Subcultures

News, Oct 26 2018

by Ben Bienstock, Sarah Clapp & Liby Hays

POW! WHAM! CHOMP? Let this serve as a lesson to all New England exotic pet owners and comic book lovers: you …

Picture Shows for Roadkill

Literary, Oct 26 2018

by Blake Planty

content warning: animal death, non-consensual intimacy Martin is smoking on the bed with his elbow buried into his thigh and head …

Taking Back the Wheel

Lessons from the First Student drivers' strike

Metro, Oct 26 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

Wafaa is eleven years old and attends Nathanael Greene Middle School. She and her younger brother were two of the almost …

A Life for a Life

Kristen’s Law and the pitfalls of criminalization

Metro, Oct 19 2018

by Katrina Northrop

On different days, in different Rhode Island towns, Sue Coutu and Anthony Hollins both picked up the phone to the news …

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 …

Week In Denmark

News, Oct 05 2018

by Sarah Clapp, Julia Rock & Liby Hays

BRICK BY BRICK Conservationists keen on toy block reconstructions of Death Stars and Taj Mahals can finally rejoice: Lego is ditching …

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. …

Health Services

Literary, Sep 28 2018

by Luke Perrotta

“Oh, honey.” The paper crinkles when I hop up on the shiny patient bed and face the nurse, whose nametag screams …

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 …

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 …

Keeping Families Together (In Detention)

A "new" Flores Settlement and the move from family separation to family imprisonment

News, Sep 24 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

The names and biographical information stated below have been altered to protect the identities of the children and their mothers who …

Social Fabrics

Connecting and crafting online

Science & Technology, Apr 20 2018

by Paige Parsons

One long string of yarn, when arranged correctly, can become any number of shapes a person could want to wear on …

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 …

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 …

White Dreams and Soiled Memories

Features, Apr 06 2018

by Jorge Palacios

content warning: sexual violence I walk outside and am met with morning dew in the grass and morning crust in my …

Leaving the Dungeon

Rhode Island sex workers and the prospect of a union

Metro, Apr 06 2018

by Katrina Northrop

The one-story wood framed building, located just a few blocks from the Rhode Island State House, used to be home to …

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 …

Week in Messy Politics

News, Mar 23 2018

by Julia Rock, Julia Petrini & Will Weatherly

Revolutionary Criminals People who work for the government in Rhode Island aren’t the best at playing by the rules. In the …

Eat 'em

Literary, Mar 15 2018

by Tabitha Payne

I’ve figured it out The trick is eat everyone Eat ‘em all Put ‘em in your belly They can’t be mean …

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, …

Sick Days

Individualized healthcare and corporatized well-being

Science & Technology, Mar 15 2018

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Of the many protest signs from last week written in that perfect classroom-style, magic-marker-on-cardstock lettering, more than one read: “I’d take …

Chismeando con Ruben

A Conversation with Queer Xicano Chisme

Features, Mar 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

In English, the word chisme translates to gossip. Chisme is a cultural practice in Latin American and diaspora communities, an implicit …

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 …

FTE

FTE, Mar 02 2018

by CP

11 A.M., 2/26, 20 y.o.: I ate breakfast alone. I was inspired by the concurrent deepening/thawing of winter and current planetary …

Day Zero

What happens when the taps run dry?

News, Feb 09 2018

by Chris Packs

Last week, in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, a fight broke out on a typically quiet cul-de-sac. The instigator, who …

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, …

Priming the Capital

Amazon’s bidding war and the allure of corporate takeover

News, Feb 02 2018

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single corporation in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of …

This is Drought

The long view of water shortage in California

Science & Technology, Feb 02 2018

by Paige Parsons

In the Kitchen Green vines grow up my backyard fence beyond my kitchen window, looking down over my neighbor’s fresh green …

Rainbow Saviors

On the politics of (not) coming out

Features, Feb 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

cw: homophobia, sexual assault. The first accusation of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey surfaced on October 29, 2017 by actor Anthony …

Buccaneers

Literary, Feb 02 2018

by Pia Struzzieri

“Tell me a story,” he says. They’re sitting crouched in the corner of the room. Amanda has upended a table so …

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 …

La Lucha Sigue

Migrant protection after the TPS repeal

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

On November 6, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke scheduled the termination of the temporary protected status for Nicaraguan citizens, …

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 …

The World Under Glass

Mars, money, and matter in Arizona

Science & Technology, Nov 17 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Once upon a time in the 1980s, a Texas oil magnate, an architect, a systems theorist, and a hippie-businessman-scientist re-made the …

Without Pedestals Everything Falls in the Mud

Queer ecology as an attack on hierarchy

Science & Technology, Nov 17 2017

by Lee Pivnik

Male cuttlefish have evolved a unique reproductive behavior. During mating season, they win the eye of a female by fighting off …

No Delusions

A conversation with Dr. Maung Zarni on the Rohingya genocide

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Chris Packs & Isabel DeBre

content warning: state violence, sexual violence, genocide, Islamophobia, graphic bodily mutilation This fall, the persecution of Rohingya people overwhelmed global media …

Week in Party Animals

News, Nov 17 2017

by Julia Rock, Julia Petrini & Kelton Ellis

THE POLISH WAY Last week, the Polish Health Ministry released a public service announcement encouraging it citizens to “breed like rabbits.” …

Five Movies on Small Screens

Science & Technology, Nov 03 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Rear Window (1955) University Building Auditorium I saw this for class. We were supposed to think about the male gaze and …

Chronicle of a Fraud Foretold

The dilemmas and pitfalls of voting in Venezuela’s rigged elections

News, Nov 03 2017

by Oriana van Praag

"You have a house, and you know there are thieves around. If the thieves are going to break into your house, …

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 …

Free Lunch

Pawtucket schools provide food to all students

Metro, Oct 27 2017

by Katrina Northrop

At least 40 percent of children in Pawtucket schools do not have a lunch to bring to school everyday. More than …

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 …

Week in Purgatory

News, Oct 27 2017

by Paige Parsons, Isabelle Rea & Nora Gosselin

Last Boarding Call to Hell The airline industry seems sinister in its everyday workings, occupying our heavenly realm with 6000 fuel-burning, …

Reading Comprehension

Literary, Oct 20 2017

by Kasturi Pananjady

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

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 …

El Pueblo Unido

Lessons from the Chilean student movement

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: police brutality Santiago de Chile, 2013. I clearly remember the first time I was arrested: it was a day …

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 …

Week in Sad Developments

News, Oct 06 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Sydney Anderson & Julia Petrini

LOCK THEM UP! Remember last year when the words ‘email’ and ‘scandal’ were inseparable? When your friend mentioned emails over lunch, …

From the Editors

FTE, Oct 06 2017

by CP

c. 20:30 on Wednesday night I had intended to fulfill a longstanding obligation to paint a plaster, fist-sized bust of Wolfgang …

Bleach

What does it mean when East Asians go blonde?

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

cw: racism, suicide A couple of weeks ago, Kim Kardashian bleached her hair blonde—again. The first time was back in March …

Solarpunk

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 …

Week in the Home of the Whopper

News, Sep 22 2017

by Julia Petrini, Eve Zelickson & Jack Brook

Burger Kremlin? Step aside, loyalty cards. Cryptocurrencies are set to revolutionize reward programs by enabling trading of one’s accumulated assets online. …

Spreading Sanctuary

Queer refugees and the LGBTQ+ asylum process

News, Sep 22 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: anti-queer and trans violence, torture. There is no clear sense of when the raids began. Human Rights Watch suggests …

Keeping Time

Changes at the RI Historical Society

Metro, Sep 22 2017

by Kanika Gupta

Phoebe Bean walked past the library on 121 Hope Street in Providence every day while attending Brown University, yet never had …

Silk on the Brain

On biotechnology, poetry, and worms

Science & Technology, Sep 22 2017

by Paige Parsons

The domesticated silkworm, bombyx mori, has become more human than its wild counterparts: its silken cocoon inflated to be more lucrative …

No Apologies

Following Representative Moira Walsh's path to the Capitol

Metro, Sep 22 2017

by Caroline Sprague

The Rhode Island General Assembly’s youngest Representative—26 year-old Moira Jayne Walsh—thinks her colleagues have it all wrong when they avoid canvassing …

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 …

The Right to Identify

An upcoming municipal ID program in Providence

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Katrina Northrop

Entering a public library, opening a bank account, accessing government social services: to many, these processes seem simple. Carrying a card …

The Storm on the Ground

Local and national reporting on Hurricane Harvey

News, Sep 15 2017

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

Before Hurricane Harvey hit on August 25, panic descended on the Texas coast. “There was a really nasty rumor going around …

Indivisible Labor

Vermont’s migrant farmworkers organize for justice

News, Apr 21 2017

by Piper French

content warning: xenophobia, violent death Patricio Hernandez, Pato for short, lives and works on a dairy farm that sits just off …

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 …

When Will the Sentence End?

A call to end public housing discrimination in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kupetz

Edwin Rivera is an active member of Behind the Walls, Providence grassroots organization Direct Action for Rights and Equality’s (DARE) prison …

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 …

Dear Indy...

Ephemera, Apr 07 2017

by P

I am hopelessly in love with a neoliberal. All of my woke friends disapprove... but something inside is telling me that …

Running out of Shore

The future of Providence's seaport

Metro, Apr 07 2017

by Patrick Orenstein

While the presidential election dominated media coverage on November 8, 2016, another item on the ballot in Rhode Island had potential …

Chemtrails Over the State House

Objectivity and conspiracy in environmentalist discourses

Science & Technology, Apr 07 2017

by Chris Packs

“Rhode Island is a sovereign republic within the United States of America, they can’t just spray stuff in the sky over …

The Indy Classifieds

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Jane Argodale, Shane Potts & Jack Brook

PERSONALS—WOMEN SEEKING MEN Will You Be Mine, Lincoln Chafee? Me: An attractive and successful 31 year-old professional, recently moved to Providence. …

Negligence is not Neutral

The ongoing plight of child refugees in Calais

News, Mar 17 2017

by Piper French

Fifteen year-old Khalid* has been trying to get to the United Kingdom for almost a year now. He left his family …

From the Editors

FTE, Mar 17 2017

by JA & DP

March is never really a warm month in Rhode Island, but it’s definitely the wrong month for a snow day. We …

A Secret Yesterday, A Movement Today

The fight to ensure reproductive rights for Rhode Islanders

Features, Mar 10 2017

by Katrina Northrop

In the spring of 1965, Edith Ajello became pregnant after having sex for the first time. She was 21 years-old, unmarried, …

How I Never Became an Internet Rapper

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by CJ Park

The frontier is an important kind of -topia for the Western imaginary. Media theorist Lev Manovich looked at computer games from …

Week in WTF is Happening in the UK?

News, Mar 10 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Lance Gloss & Will Weatherly

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

Forging Home, Forging Intimacy

ProvSlam and the next generation of youth poetry

Metro, Mar 03 2017

by Chris Packs

“I’m so excited, and you should be too.” Cutting through the animated flow of chatter, Charlotte Abotsi, the master of ceremonies …

From the Editors

FTE, Feb 17 2017

by RB+STP

It's copy. The room is disgusting. Beer, sweat and bodily fluids flow as freely as bad puns for headlines and sappy …

Holding Firm

On the history of custard

Metabolics, Feb 17 2017

by Juan Patrick Soto

The Basics The first flan I ever ate was served with a glass of Pepsi. The grown-ups had coffee and my …

Impatience

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 …

Attorneys in General

The Attorney General's role in Civil Rights

News, Feb 17 2017

by Piper French

In 1986, then US Attorney for the southern district of Alabama, Jeff Sessions lost out on a judgeship for the US …

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 …

Aiming Higher

Undocumented students' access to higher education in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 10 2017

by Katrina Northrop

Javier Juarez, a student at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), was walking to class when he came upon two …

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 …

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 …

Rise Up

Providence responds to the inauguration

Metro, Feb 03 2017

by Piper French

On January 21, just after 1 PM, residents from across Rhode Island gathered in front of the State Capitol in response …

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 …

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 …

Dear Indy...

Ephemera, Nov 18 2016

by M&P

Forward Thinking

Inclusion and diversity in STEM

Science & Technology, Nov 11 2016

by AS & PH

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

An Interview With Governor Gina Raimondo

On her politics and priorities, past and present

Metro, Nov 11 2016

by Katrina Northrop

Under the vaulted ceilings of her office in the Rhode Island State House, Governor Gina Raimondo lays out her political priorities …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

On Territories

Features, Sep 30 2016

by Raphaela Posner

There’s always a moment in an art museum when I want to reach out and touch my companion. Often this urge …

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 …

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 …

Advice

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 …

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 Short Supply

News, Apr 15 2016

by Piper French & Corey Hebert

Blowing it Off Venezuela is currently experiencing one of the worst energy crises in recent history. Though the South American nation …

Country Kitchen, 1976

Boo Bradley's Mix

Features, Apr 08 2016

by Indy Playlist

My Own Ghosts

What We Talk About When We Talk About Empathy

Features, Apr 08 2016

by Joseph Frankel

In a nightmarish story called A Country Doctor, Kafka writes about a night when the titular character has to ride miles …

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 …

Clear Site

Urban Renewal in Cathedral Square

Metro, Apr 08 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

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

And How Does That Make You Feel?

On AI and Mental Health Care

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2016

by Joseph Frankel

The word “therapy” might evoke some archaic characters and images: the patient lying on a leather couch, the older male therapist …

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, …

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 …

A Concrete Tent

Architecture and Occupation in Palestine

Features, Mar 11 2016

by Sophie Kasakove

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

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, …

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. …

A Single Community?

Christiane Taubira and the Debate Over French National Identity

News, Feb 12 2016

by Piper French

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, individuals with dual citizenship who are convicted of terrorism in France will be soon stripped of their …

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 …

The Children Are Our Future

The Call for Ethnic Studies in PVD High Schools

Metro, Feb 05 2016

by Shane Potts

“It’s mad cold out here,” yells Patrick Kim of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). It’s a chilly afternoon, and 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Listen to the Kids, Man

Fast Times at Rhode Island's Child Services

Metro, Oct 30 2015

by Shane Potts

On a radiant day in July, Governor Gina Raimondo—for the second time this year—called for a complete overhaul of Rhode Island’s …

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 …

The Seventh Day

Stories in My Cereal

Arts, Oct 23 2015

by Abbey Perrault

In 1898, a young doctor from Michigan removed a batch of disfigured granola from his oven. Flat, he observed. His failed …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Strings Attached

Marionettes Take On Capitalism

Features, Oct 09 2015

by Piper French

Off the back roads of Glover, Vermont, forty minutes away from what most people would deem civilization, there is a grass …

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 …

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, …

Dear Indy...

Reptilian Pontifex and Lord Levant Give Counsel

Features, Oct 02 2015

by Reptilian Pontifex & Lord Levant

Q: Dear Indy, I don’t understand how money works. A: Dear Anonymous, Money is paper, sport. cf. The Merchant of Venice; …

An Attempt at Exhausting a Space in Providence

Lessons from Georges Perec

Metro, Oct 02 2015

by Shane Potts

The French novelist Georges Perec often set himself needless literary constraints. In his 1969 novel, La Disparition (A Void), he writes …

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 …

X

Ephemera, Sep 25 2015

by Felipe di Poi

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 …

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 …

"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 …

Fracks and Edges

Equitable Energy and Clean Power

Metro, Sep 18 2015

by Shane Potts

Vampiric, Hurricane Sandy drained the life-blood of New York City in 2012, flooding its subway system for the first time in …

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 …

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 …

BUSES INTO LAND SHARKS

Alternative Theater in Providence

Metro, May 01 2015

by Sophie Kasakove & Lisa Borst

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

A POND AND THE PEOPLE

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 …

The Arms Race

Bodybuilding and the Muscular Dead-End

Metabolics, Apr 17 2015

by Stephanie Hayes

“This is unacceptable,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, placing emphasis on all the wrong syllables. “We don’t want to see the biggest guy …

Advice

Features, Apr 17 2015

by PPMS

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

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

COMIC RELIEF

A conversation with Providence Comic Consortium’s Walker Mettling

Interviews, Apr 03 2015

by Erin Prinz-Schwartz

Providence is a great city for certain things—coffee milk, noise music, gruesome bike vs. pothole accidents, and notably, indie comics and …

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 …

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 …

Looking In

Transparent Surveillance in Providence

Metro, Mar 06 2015

by Erin Prinz-Schwartz

I’ve taken this bus line hundreds of times; once a week to work, half an hour each way, and short trips …

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 …

New Windows

A Conversation with Rebecca Traister

Interviews, Feb 27 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

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

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 …

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 …

BROKEN SPOKE

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 …

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 …

Advice

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 …

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 …

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 …

Remembering Olivia Barker

by College Hill Independent

The College Hill Independent would like to salute the life and career of one of its most admired and beloved editors, …

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 …

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 …

The Revolution Will Not Be In English

Interpreting in Social Justice Spaces

Metro, Jan 30 2015

by Sophie Kasakove

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

Hooking Up With History

Arts, Jan 30 2015

by Eli Pitegoff

It might read blasphemous to call today’s cult fixation with Berlin parochial. Yet, to enter the city’s most infamous club, according …

Building Exclusion into College Hill

Metro, Dec 05 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

The old saying goes, ‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.’ But what …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Providential

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, …

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 …

Scatterbrained Sex-Ed

Examining Rhode Island’s patchwork sexual education policies

Metro, Oct 31 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

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

Watch Me Eat

Examining the globalization of gluttony

Metabolics, Oct 31 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

Every evening at 8 PM, The Diva sits before her laptop in her South Korean apartment, turns on a camera, and …

What the Mind Scares Up

Fiction and reality in John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van

Arts, Oct 24 2014

by Raphaela Posner

I am sitting in the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, admiring the proscenium decorated with Grecian women made of sheet …

Better, Faster, Stronger

Is there a limit to human performance?

Metabolics, Oct 24 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

On September 28, 2014, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours and three …

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 …

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 …

The Girl with the Serpentine Arm

News, Oct 03 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

Jo-Jo Cranfield stares boldly at the camera as a twelve-foot long albino python wraps itself around her prostrate, bikini-clad body. Her …

Week in Humanity

News, Sep 26 2014

by Zeve Sanderson & Eli Pitegoff

TITANS OF INDUSTRY You know the image: Leonardo DiCaprio standing at the bow of the ill-fated Titanic, arms spread wide-open, yelling …

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 …

Pushing Back Silence

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

“Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. And when the entire world …

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 …

Homeward Bound

Metro, Sep 19 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

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

Road Rash in Vivid Color

The high-definition debate in skateboard culture

Arts, Sep 19 2014

by Eli Pitegoff

Holding your skateboard by the truck, known colloquially as “the mall grab,” might seem inconsequential to the layman, but it can …

The New Pulpit

Literary, May 02 2014

by Eli Pitegoff

The following is a brief window into a day of genesis: the virtual origin of a Facebook prophet. Posting as many …

I'm Going Home

singing towards death from The Sacred Harp

Occult, May 02 2014

by Eli Petzold

We have gathered together to sing about death. The sun shines through the windows of the Providence Friends Meetinghouse, brightening the …

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 …

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 …

Root of Mallows

Literary, Apr 04 2014

by Philippa De La O

There is nothing I fear more than the meandering pace of light, marking its celestial time across the lawns of our …

Running the Numbers

predicting suicide bombings

News, Apr 04 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

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

Two Rooms

Andy Warhol’s photographs at the RISD Museum

Arts, Apr 04 2014

by Eli Pitegoff

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s most recent display of Andy Warhol’s photography is an art exhibition with an identity …

Diorama

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 …

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. …

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 …

Qui Sunt Hi

Hildegaard’s spectatorship and salvation

Occult, Mar 07 2014

by Eli Petzold

“Who are these who are like clouds?” Languorous and melismatic, rising and falling, the resonant, deep voices of men begin Ordo …

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 …

Pagan Providence

Literary, Mar 07 2014

by Eli Petzold

here where wood statues of the old gods stand at the meeting of two rivers, withered and withering in wind and …

All Too Common

Drug overdose in RI

Metro, Feb 28 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

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

Les Femmes Du Film

Women on screen at the Providence French Film Festival

Arts, Feb 28 2014

by Stephanie Hayes & John White

The Providence French Film Festival runs from February 20 to March 2 at Cable Car Cinema. Showtimes are available at cablecarcinema.com. …

Fool's Gold

corruption and human rights at Sochi

News, Feb 14 2014

by Sophie Kasakove

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

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. …

FEMININE | DIVINE | FEMININE

notes on the second card of Tarot’s Major Arcana

Occult, Feb 07 2014

by Eli Petzold

We find, on the Tarot card of the High Priestess, a woman, cloaked in a blue mantle, a white cross of …

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 …

Skype Reverberations

Literary, Jan 31 2014

by Eli Pitegoff

Because skype conjures you with strange pixels that dance around your face fractionally, and tries to freeze you into a momentary …

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, …

ADVICE

Ephemera, Nov 25 2013

by Dr. Corn U. Copious & Friends

How do I learn to spit farther? Put a piece of fruit-flavored gum in your mouth, and chew until it gets …

Punk Politics

The Music, The Message

Metro, Nov 19 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

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

Dactyloscopies

Literary, Nov 19 2013

by Maru Pabón

Then 
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, …

SoundWaves

Arts, Nov 04 2013

by Ephemera

The New Experience

Street League Skateboarding & the rise of ISX

Metabolics, Oct 29 2013

by Eli Pitegoff

MOMENTS AFTER 18-YEAR-OLD Nyjah Huston clinched the 2012 Street League Skateboarding Super Crown, cameras swarmed. Lil Wayne rushed through the stadium …

Excerpt from Unmoored

a one-act play

Literary, Oct 25 2013

by Eli Petzold

iii. history, or something [AQUARIUS on a mountaintop.] AQUARIUS i want you to come up the mountain with me. this is …

Risky Business

An interview with Jodi Kantor

Arts, Oct 10 2013

by Sophie Kasakove

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

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 …

Mating

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 …

Vestigia

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2013

by Steph Yin & Sandeep Nayak

WE WERE BORN AND GROW UP in the briny blue, and even when we evolved to invade land, we never left …

Kissing Christ

Literary, Sep 26 2013

by Eli Petzold

CONFESSION i’m falling in love again, finally, slowly, carefully. he’s thin and gangly and kind of scruffy. oh, and he’s an …

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 …

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 …

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 …

MFA’d to Get Paid

Education and the Art Market

Arts, Apr 26 2013

by Elias Pitegoff

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

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 …

The Woods of Lehigh Valley

Literary, Mar 01 2013

by Everett Epstein

The 4 p.m. light in room 213 cast the walls azure and the shadows—from the bed, table, lamp, and bulky RCA—a …

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, …

“Benje een Buitenlander?”

Zwarte Piet and Blackface in the Netherlands

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Sophia Seawell

From mid-november until December 6, his grinning face was omnipresent. I saw him in the festively decorated windows of shops’ and …

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: …

Homage to Love

Literary, Jan 22 2013

by Julian Park

1. (time is of the essence strike is of the) sense of the waking warbly street & shoes- numbed feet the …

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 …

In Argentina, An Excerpt

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Kevin Pires

I write about cities because they are the only constant. I have existed in these places. This is a generous guarantee. …

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 …

Hanging on Air

Airports as a venue for public art

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Pierie Korostoff

This September, the Southwest Florida International Airport announced an addition to the terminal: the airport is acquiring “Dawn Forest,” a three-ton …

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 …

Houses

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

The Dead Thing in the Backyard

Literary, Sep 21 2012

by Noah Prestwich

Nobody speaks to the dead thing in the backyard. The dog chews on it. Slobbers on it. Tries to lick it …

Let Them Eat Cake

consuming the other

Arts & Culture, May 02 2012

by Sophia Seawell

At the World Art Day celebration on April 15 at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, gallery-goers ate cake. It …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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 …

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, …

Multimodality

Musings on everyday synesthesia, brain architecture, and the metaphor

Arts & Culture, Mar 12 2012

by Sandeep Nayak

Imagine the pre-Babel tongue in which every word was perfect vocal expression for the thing it named, the thing behind the …

Thrilling Food

Eating Bugs to Revolutionize the Food System

Metabolics, Mar 06 2012

by Katie Parker

Challenge: watch The Lion King and decide that bugs do not look tempting. The multi-colored, neon grubs, beetles, and caterpillars look …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …

College Hill Christians

Opinions, Nov 03 2011

by by Christopher Unseth

Many Christians on College Hill identify with the struggle to align a conservative Christian upbringing with the academic atmosphere of the …

Making It, Still Faking It

Uncategorized, Nov 03 2011

by by BEATRICE PETIT BON

Yes, I read the Financial Times. But, ashamedly, only for Vanessa Friedman’s articles on fashion. However, one time I came across …

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 …

(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 …

Why Occupy Wall Street Isn't Particularly Revolutionary

Opinions, Oct 27 2011

by by Jonathan Topaz

“Mankind desperately needs revolutionary leadership”—Robert Hayden, co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society, “Port Huron Statement”, 1962“We’re trying to create a …

WEEK IN REVIEW 20 October 2011

Week in Review, Oct 27 2011

by by Andrew Kaplan, Kate Welsh & Berry Elkinton

Plumber Credentials Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as media sensation “Joe the Plumber” of the 2008 presidential campaign trail, has returned …

A Healthy Dose of Truth

Science, Oct 11 2011

by by Lily Goodspeed & Ashton Strait

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Horoscopes

get real

ephemera, Apr 04 2011

by Auspicious Alessandra & Kapricious Kate

We know, we know: you just want to read your own horoscope. Actually, you just want to read your zodiac sign's …

Nicky Park Memorial Park

Literary, Mar 25 2011

by Deepali Gupta

a play for mostly one person but also another person 1996. Before AOL 4.0, beforeTitaniccame out. It’s my first day of …

Your Brain on Meditation

science & technology , Mar 25 2011

by Nupur Shridhar

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have finally found scientific evidence for Buddhists’ peace of mind: meditation objectively improves neural plasticity …

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 …

Devilbolical

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 …

D.I.Y. Jungle Videography

Arts, Feb 14 2011

by Alex Spoto

Consider this: the Waorani, a people indigenous to the Ecuadorian Amazon, are some of the most isolated humans in the world. …

The Metamythical Reality of The Present

Arts, Jan 02 2011

by Whitney Alsup

The chthonic marsh has been filled over to make way for an orderly suburb where people live in identical houses with …

Scientific Misdeeds

Science, Jan 01 2011

by Nupur Shridhar

In August, after three years of internal investigation, Harvard University found Dr. Marc Hauser, a renowned evolutionary biologist (and, perhaps ironically, …

From Arcadia, With Love

Arts, Dec 09 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

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

Boat Livin'

Features, Nov 22 2010

by Alex Spoto

We approached the vessel by canoe—the Seekonk River was placid and frigid at 7:30 in the late October morning. A hoodied …

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, …

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 …

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 …

That Racist Time of the Month

Science, Oct 29 2010

by Josh Kopin

Over the last few years, a cluster of studies has emerged from the varyingly rigorous depths of experimental psychology reporting correlations …

LET'S START A FAMILY BAND

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 …

Transient Bodies

Arts, Oct 26 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

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

First Flex

Features, Oct 26 2010

by Alex Spoto

In somewhat of a head on collision, New York City hip-hop car culture met local Rhode Island flavor with a bump …

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 …

Big Gay Ovaries

Science, Oct 18 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

Scientists at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have created the first artificial ovary that can grow oocytes (basically immature …

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 …

Fall Horoscopes: Providence Arts Guide

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Princessa Jones

Gemini 5/21–6/21You are very receptive to changes in your artistic work this September, but first you need to change your lifestyle. …

On Tragedy

Arts, Sep 26 2010

by Natasha Pradhan

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

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 …

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 …

Bio Battles

Science, Sep 24 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

Chasing ParasitesIn order for Africa to develop, it must begin feeding itself. Difficult, considering its large and disperse population, and its …

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 …

Twitter and the End of Historiography

Opinions, Sep 23 2010

by Charles Pletcher

On April 14, 2010, the Library of Congress announced on their blog that they would be archiving “every public tweet, ever, …

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 …

SNAPPY HEADLINE

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 …

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 …

HIGH SOCIETY

Opinions, Mar 18 2010

by the Santos-Paglinawan Collective

Your correspondents slunk down to see the Whitney Biennial just last Friday, some three weeks after its opening, and so cannot …

Canaries Everywhere

boxstory, Mar 11 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

In about two months, during the last full moon in May, red knots (Calidris canutus) migrating from the Pampas to the …

DON'T BUY THE FARM

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 …

An Interview with Rosmarie Waldrop

Arts, Feb 18 2010

by Pablo Larios

Rosmarie Waldrop was born in 1935 in Kitzingen am Main, Germany. She moved to the US in 1958. Since then, her …

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 …

The British Aren’t Coming

Science, Feb 11 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

Despite centuries of evidence gathered in the lab and in between the sheets, researchers are still arguing over the existence of …

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 …

Issue 2

Cover Art, Feb 11 2010

by Sophia Narrett

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 …

While You Were Out

Science, Feb 04 2010

by Nupur Shridhar

1. We Can Program Ourselves to Just Say NoAs the winter grinds on and your New Year’s resolve to kick your …

Notes on Chinese Factory Work

Literary, Nov 19 2009

by Phil Kaye

For weeks after I stopped working on the factory assembly line, my skin smelled like Chinese vinegar. I know now (and …

WHEN EAST MET WEST

Features, Nov 12 2009

by Isabel Parkes

iput on the wrongest shoes on earth that night: a pair ofValentino, suede shoes. I sank into the mud in front …

When East met West

Arts, Nov 12 2009

by Isabel Parkes

I put on the wrongest shoes on earth that night: a pair of Valentino, suede shoes. I sank into the mud …

COLORBLIND NO LONGER

Science, Oct 29 2009

by Nupur Shridhar

Before it was a crime, racism masqueraded as a science. Its prejudiced history began with evolutionary biology in the 18th century, …

A Wild Trajectory

from rumpus to realism

arts & culture, Oct 22 2009

by Josh Kopin

After a night of mischief, a boy named Max yells athis mother, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” and is sent to bedwithout …

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 …

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 …

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 …

What’s the Matter with Health Care?

how right-wing fear-mongers are killing America's best chance at viable reform

Opinions, Oct 05 2009

by Raphaela Lipinsky-Degette

Over the past months, the healthcare debate has degenerated into a seriesofscare tactics designed to engender opposition to any Democratic effort …

The Real McCay

Features, Apr 23 2009

by Daniela Postigo

In 1955, Walt Disney took Robert McCay, the son of American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay, on a guided tour of …

LOTSA CREATIVITY

Metro, Apr 09 2009

by Isabel Parkes

In swapping the current "Renaissance City" image of Providence for that of a "Creative Capital," Mayor Cicilline is doing more than …

REFRESHING THE PAGE: THE INTERNET VERSIFIES

Arts, Apr 09 2009

by Rachel de Jong & Eli Halpern

Poetry is often a solitary pursuit. A poet may feel like he is writing in a vacuum, while his poet neighbor …

"BLAME IT:" THE SLOW FADE OF HYPE WILLIAMS

Arts, Mar 19 2009

by Stephanie Pottinger

In the past two weeks, musing over how Jamie Foxx got a puffy-eyed Ron Howard to feature prominently in the music …

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 …

THE FAMISHED: A PLAY

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 …

THE LATINO INVISIBLES, UNTOUCHABLES

Opinions, Mar 05 2009

by Daniela Postigo

While most entertainment blogs were abuzz with speculations on Chris Brown and Rihanna's whereabouts at the 2009 Grammy Awards, LA Times …

I SAY

Opinions, Feb 26 2009

by Phinneus Q. Huxworthy

"To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of …

WEB 2.0 PARA TODOS: HOW DO YOU SAY "MICROBLOGGING" IN SPANISH?

Features, Feb 12 2009

by Daniela Postigo

Bolivia has the lowest Internet penetration in Latin America--about 10.8% of the population are "Internet users" and 0.4% have Internet broadband …

HALT COUTURE: "THIS IS NOT A PHOTOGRAPH" AT INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Arts, Feb 05 2009

by Stephanie Pottinger

In these times, what most people might benefit from is not the industry's useless pandering to their tightened means, but a …

ENCYCLOPEDIA VOLUME 1, A-E: A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW

Metro, Nov 20 2008

by Pablo Larios

Next time I run into a library scientist, I'll ask him where exactly in a library he'd put a book/encyclopedia/curatorial project/object …

PARIS RISING: LOOSER REGULATIONS LET DEVELOPERS BUILD SKYSCRAPERS IN THE CITY CENTER; CONTROVERSY ENSUES

Arts, Nov 13 2008

by Hayoung Park

Paris has finally decided to get a facelift. In July, the Paris city council voted to lift regulations that restricted the …

WORDS + PICTURE

Science, Nov 06 2008

by Perrin Ireland

I. Once I saw a rabbit's body stripped away from the thin sack of its organs as it dangled upside-down. Both …

HICKORY DICKORY DOCK, THE MOUSE RE-WOUND THE CLOCK: MEMORY CREATION AND MANIPULATION IN LABORATORY MICE

Science, Nov 06 2008

by Carlo Coppetti

What would people do if it were possible to decide which moments to remember and which ones to bury? We may …

WEIGHTS LUXEMBOURG FERRIS WHEELS STAYING UP ALL NIGHT: A SCREENLAY

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 …

BETWEEN ROCOCO AND A HARD PLACE: ARTIST KEHINDE WILEY AT THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

Arts, Oct 23 2008

by Stephanie Pottinger

For its inaugural Hip Hop Honors program in 2005, VH1 commissioned Nigerian-American painter Kehinde Wiley to render the likenesses of Ice-T …

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 …

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

evolution/revolution at the RISD museum

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Sophia Narrett

Evolution/Revolution, currently on view at the RISD museum, includes fake Chanel and Balenciaga bags of a different species than the Canal …

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. …

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 …

If I Had A Rocket Launcher

war games for Cambodia's tourists

Arts & Culture, Feb 28 2008

by Christopher Hudgens

The commando waited until we had driven several miles beyond Thunder Ranch before he turned to me from the front seat …

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 …

The Vagina Dialogue

Take off that underwear

Opinions, Mar 17 2005

by Christi Laquer & Scott Kolp

Eve Ensler says she is worried about the vagina. So are we. To paraphrase Eve Ensler's introduction to her acclaimed theatrical …