Articles by SS

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Flammable 'Fornia': A Revelation

When Californication goes a little too hard

News, Sep 25 2020

by Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

Social media is hard. Every single millennial—aging and married in the image of boomers before them—struggles to compete in a Gen …

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 …

Dear Indy

Literary, Feb 15 2020

by SS & CT

How do I know the difference between being friends with someone and having romantic feelings for them? I guess the traditional …

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 …

Right & Wrong & Right on Red

A look at Frank Caprio’s courtroom reality show: Caught in Providence

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Nick Roblee-Strauss

Judge Frank Caprio has a knack for extracting narratives for his courtroom reality show, Caught in Providence, where Providence’s traffic violations …

Week in Veneers

News, Sep 27 2019

by Loughlin Neuert & Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

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

A High Stakes Game of Jenga

Or, how to move a house

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Eve Grassfield

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

City Upon a Hill

A study in the geopolitics of elevation

Features, Apr 12 2019

by Jesse Barber

The Berkeley hills bound the city to the east. The ridge stretches up and down the eastern bank of the San …

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 …

Tidy Futures

The work of decluttering with Marie Kondo

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

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

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

How Modern Monetary Theory reimagines government spending

News, Mar 15 2019

by Jesse Barber

A few weeks ago, a group of children confronted Senator Dianne Feinstein to plead for her to make a commitment to …

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 …

Dear Indy...

Features, Feb 14 2019

by WW & SS

I want love but not sex. Help. I know it's a thing, but I don't know how to deal with it! …

From the Editors

FTE, Feb 08 2019

by SS

Admittedly, I didn’t watch this year’s State of the Union. My philosophy on this event (in general) is that it’s a …

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 …

Top Down

An examination of the tradition of half-staff

Features, Dec 07 2018

by Jesse Barber

Mark Barnes, Chief Property Manager of the Rhode Island Capitol Campus, might get the email from the Governor’s Office at 3:00 …

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 …

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 …

Zoo (Dystopia)

A walk through the Roger Williams Zoo

Features, Oct 19 2018

by Jesse Barber

I have been dreaming about seeing a Snow Leopard. My infatuation with animals started before I was born, when my brother …

A Recruit Reads the Fine Print

What does it mean to “change the world” in tech?

Science & Technology, Oct 19 2018

by Jessica Dai

content warning: ICE, policing Job recruiting season at universities is a special circle of hell. Each fall, tech, finance, and consulting …

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 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, …

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 …

Treat with Respect

Paths towards recovery in Rhode Island's opioid epidemic

Science & Technology, Oct 20 2017

by Nora Gosselin

content warning: drug-related death, addiction Say you’re locked in a room with a glass of water. The water has a small …


On radiation, migration, and remembrance

Occult, Sep 22 2017

by Jessica Jiang

content warning: cancer, state violence My mother has a list of rules. Never drink soy milk (the estrogen might interfere with …

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 …

A History of Twisted Spines

Scoliosis treatment under scrutiny

Metabolics, Mar 24 2017

by Nora Gosselin

“What I would like to do is begin with a small incision in front, which would likely require us to break …

From the Editors

FTE, Mar 24 2017

by SS

It’s been a bad week for Ed Sheeran. First, Drake’s new“Playlist” More Lifebroke the Spotify record for most streams in a …

Root Therapy

A conversation with Dr. Mindy Fullilove on restoring emotional ecosystems

Interviews, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss

Mindy Fullilove is a psychiatrist, researcher, and Professor of Urban Policy of Health currently teaching at the New School. Dr. Fullilove …

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 …

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 …


Outcroppings from the botanical margin

Occult, Feb 03 2017

by Lance Gloss

Ashes to ashes—all dead in there? I’m at the Brown University Herbarium. Working. Looking at some specimens—dead plants, really. One hundred …

A Question of Compatibility

Islamophobia in Europe's gay capital

Features, Nov 04 2016

by Lance Gloss

People from 180 countries are long-term residents in Amsterdam. By this measure, it is the most international municipality on Earth, and …

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 …

Week in Drudgery

News, Feb 18 2016

by Liz Cory & Lance Gloss

Toils Not Been considering the lilies? So has Joaquín García. And he’s had plenty of time to consider. Mr. García was …

Bernie Sanders and the Glass-Proof Elevator

The non-issue of a candidate's religion

Occult, Feb 12 2016

by Lance Gloss

If the 2016 presidential race has revealed anything about US politics, it has shown us how little remains off-limits. This, in …

Exorcisms Afoot

Renaming and Reclaiming Spaces of Power

Occult, Dec 04 2015

by Lance Gloss

What is peculiar about ghosts? They are the dead. But there is of course no consensus on what it really means …

Joint Identities

Literary, Oct 30 2015

by Lance Gloss

Toes on hot coals are punctual— have already been at the wheel, spinning dark’s wicker quickly to thread; the traffic chugs …


America's Bends With Benefits

Metabolics, Oct 23 2015

by Lance Gloss

In 2014, Washington, D.C. extended the sales tax. Residents would now cough up for tanning services, car washes, and upholstering jobs. …

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 …

Cult of the Kempt

Lawns of the Suburban Imaginary Under Threat

Occult, Sep 25 2015

by Lance Gloss

We mowed them shaggy at college rentals mid-town; tightened edges on the winding subdivision drives; begged the truck to keep speed …

Runt in Orbit

Pluto and Humanity Do the Long Distance Thing

Science & Technology, Sep 18 2015

by Lance Gloss

The interplanetary space probe New Horizons arrived this July in the Pluto system, marking both a new milestone for astronomy and …


The Lyrical Mutations of Can and Sun Ra

Arts, May 01 2015

by Greg Nissan

She can have she, like her birthday, sooth To sing swan song - Damo Suzuki, “Sing Swan Song” ( vs. Shaking …

The Ugly Rocking Bird Pendant

Metro, Apr 10 2015

by Sarah Weiss

Seller, blackcatjewelz, shouts: BEAUTIFUL RARE ANTIQUE OSTBY BARTON 10K STERLING ETCHED WHITE TOPAZ RING SZ 7 on eBay, as if the …

From the Editors V.30 N.7

News, Apr 03 2015

by Greg Nissan

[ The form of this FTE imitates Paul Legault's The Other Poems—Eds. ] Nothing sadder than soggy pizza, our imperial grandmother …

Take It From The Top

The Turbulent Evolution of Mama Coco's

Arts, Nov 21 2014

by Greg Nissan

It’s easy to wrap oneself up in the cushy utopian promise of music on the Internet: almost anyone can release an …

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 Conversation with William Deresiewicz

Arts, Sep 19 2014

by Greg Nissan

Bill Deresiewicz can see your criticism from across the auditorium. What else would you expect from someone who leveled a pubic …

The Weird Translator That Everyone Is

a conversation with poet & translator Paul Legault

Arts, May 02 2014

by Greg Nissan

Paul Legault is an interstitial poet. He marries a classic lyric sensibility with class-clownery. Sometimes he speaks with the dead, cracking …

Foreign Wallpaper

A conversation with translator Susan Bernofsky

Interviews, Feb 28 2014

by Greg Nissan

Translators do many things. Sometimes they search their own language for a choice phrase in an attempt to capture the beauty …

May The Loudest Man Win

Arts, Feb 07 2014

by Greg Nissan

It’s hard to say precisely what the event of the 56th Grammys was—the ceremony or its online afterlife. Like many, I …

The Orgasmic Farm

in conversation with Bioerotics pioneer Terry Dieffenbach

Literary, Nov 26 2013

by Greg Nissan

Last week I met Terry Dieffenbach at Dae Lim’s, a small organic Korean pancakery in Southern New England. In his acryllic-stained …

Polar Opposites

A Conversation with David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors

Interviews, Apr 27 2013

by Greg Nissan

[start hero]​[end hero] David Longstreth’s songs don’t explain him; they imitate him. The creative force and leader of The Dirty Projectors, …

When I Get Back to My Body

Features, Apr 26 2013

by Suzannah Weiss

The first time Ileft my body, I was fifteen. It was revelatory. For no particular reason, I looked in the mirror …

A Story of this Nature

Literary, Mar 08 2013

by Jessica Giguere

Sebastian engaged in coitus at age18 in 1957. Two spawns were engendered from this act of passion. Sebastian was young. He …

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 …

The Worst Kind of Punchline

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by Greg Nissan & Joe de Jonge

“power fails and 49ers surge, but Ravens Win” - The New York Times. “Lights Out! Ravens Win the Super Bowl!” - …

The Beekeeper God

Literary, Feb 17 2013

by Greg Nissan

The Beekeeper God has been visiting me in my dreams. Well, no, he visits me during dream hours, wakes me up …

The Worst Kind of Punch Line

Metabolics, Feb 08 2013

by Greg Nissan & Joe de Jonge

[start hero] [end hero] …

Dynamic Range

The Politics of Popular Dance

Arts & Culture, Feb 05 2013

by Greg Nissan

This is not about you. You will not Travolta across the dance floor, the neon lights on the lapels of your …

Throwback Live

Nas, Lauryn Hill, and '90s Nostlagia

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Greg Nissan

It would’ve been hard for me to pass up Nas and Lauryn Hill’s double bill on Monday night at Lupo’s. They’re …

I Want to Punch Him in the Face

Discomfort comedy and the ironic generation

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Greg Nissan

The film opens with a familiar sight: the mid-30s hipster donning a blank expression, a trendy button-down that snags on his …

Deep Breath

Literary, Nov 02 2012

by Lucy Kissel

I - V I. He would start walking around a little bit in the fall. Thinking, Why am I holding these …

Synthetic Synth

Supergroups in the age of new disco

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Greg Nissan

Dan Boeckner is out of place in 2012. The former Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs leader took the stage last Tuesday …

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 …

skin & bones

a conversation with taxidermist Becca Barnet

Arts & Culture, May 07 2012

by Gillian Brassil

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

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 10 2012

by By Erica Schwiegershausen & Caroline Soussloff

STOP MAKING CENTSCanadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced last week that the Royal Canadian Mint will stop producing pennies this fall, …

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,” …


Arts, Mar 20 2012

by Greg Nissan

A sincere review of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie would be pointless. The duo’s absurd sense of humor—resistant to any …


Literary, Mar 18 2012

by By Gillian Brassil

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

Taking The Hill

Libby Kimzey challenges for Rhode Island House District 8

Metro, Mar 06 2012

by Jesse Towsen

Libby Kimzey wasn’t pulling punches at a public town hall meeting on February 6 with Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox …

Love Thy Neighbor?

The call for Scottish independence

News, Mar 06 2012

by Caroline Soussloff

"Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” This is the question that First Minister Alex Salmond of the …

On French Films of a Certain Age

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2012

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

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

Week in Review

News, Feb 15 2012

by Caroline Soussloff, Alex Ronan & Erica Schwiegershausen

Bad Ro(bo)mance For a generation taught responsibility with Furbys and Tomagatchis, whose dating rituals are facilitated and structured by websites and …

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 …

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, …

Use Your Molasses!

INDY BLOG, Nov 16 2011

by Jess Daniels

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Image via Ruth Gonzalez"][/caption]There were countless jars of molasses boxed and ready for sale in the Doubletree …

Carmen Castillo Wins Ward 9

Metro, Nov 03 2011


Leading up to last week, news headlines pairing the words “housekeeper” and “politician” together tended to refer to scandals like those …


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 …


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 …


Opinions, Oct 11 2011

by by Jess Bendit

Entering the Rhode Island Prison SystemI travel to the Rhode Island prison every week as part of my work with Space …

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 …

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 …

What Happens In North Providence, Doesn't Stay In North Providence

Metro, Sep 17 2011

by Caroline Soussloff

On the stormy morning of August 28, 2011, Officer John Brown received a radio call. Chief Whiting needed backup; he had …

Yo La Tengo at the Met Café

blog, Sep 12 2011

by Greg Nissan

If it weren't for the crowd's shouts and applause it would seem as if the guitar technicians had just taken the …

Underdogs through History

arts & culture, Apr 09 2011

by David Adler, Gillian Brassil & Erik Font

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


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 …

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. …

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 …


Features, Mar 18 2010

by Betsy Ross

By now you’ve probably seen the GQ photos of a pants-less (but not pearl-less!) Rielle Hunter posing next to a pile …

Providence Talks

Metro, Mar 04 2010

by Jesse Strecker

Hipolito Rivera is a houseman at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Providence. He came here with his family from Puerto Rico …

World's End

Features, Feb 18 2010

by Tess O’Brien

Rewind about a decade back, and people are panicking. Many buy generators and stock up on canned goods, consumed by the …

In a Native Land

News, Feb 18 2010

by Jesse Strecker

Last Friday, as the Olympic torch made its way to Vancouver, a cultural center dubbed the Aboriginal Pavilion opened its doors …

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

Science, Dec 03 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

The Legend of Josiah Stinkney Carberry

Features, Nov 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Features, Nov 12 2009

by Caroline Soussloff

Food has become a constant source of public anxiety aswe strive to make conscious choices three times a day,to eat locally, …

The Legend of Josiah Stinkney Carberry

arts & culture, Nov 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

Eat, Read, Look

exploring the Culinary Arts Museum

arts & culture, Nov 12 2009

by Caroline Soussloff

Food has become a constant source of public anxiety as we strive to makeconscious choices three times a day, to eat …

Arts Bar

Arts, Nov 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

Green For Green

Metro, Nov 05 2009

by Jesse Strecker

In a letter to the mayor’s office written last spring, a coalition of Providence non-profits, community members and local entrepreneurs presented …

From The Editors

From the Editors, Nov 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

From The Editors

From the Editors, Nov 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

The Killing of Oscar Grant

high stakes in relocation of Oakland’s police brutality trial

News, Oct 29 2009

by Jesse Strecker

In the early morning of New Year’s Day 2009, a group of police officers for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) …

Bargaining Committee

at the table with Brown Dining Services' Steve Derderian

Metro, Oct 22 2009

by Jesse Strecker

Steve Derderian has worked for Brown DiningServices for 20 years andworks at the stir-fryline at the V-dub. An Armenian immigrant,Derderian has …


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 …

Destruction > Creation > Preservation?

Smith Hill gets a makeover

Metro, Oct 05 2009

by Katie Lindstedt & Jesse Strecker

In an ongoing project launched this summer, Providence’s Smith Hill Community Development Corpo-ration has transformed four foreclosed houses fromscenes of urban …

For the Record

Arts & Culture, Sep 28 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

Arriba Centroamerica

Metro, Sep 28 2009

by Jesse Strecker

Sunday, August 20. Providence’sFestival Centroamericano isunderstandably loud. With camerain hand, we’ve joined a celebratorythrong at Roger Williams Parkfor the 188th anniversary …


Opinions, Sep 18 2009

by Bess Kalb

Where My Concerts At

the politics of free concert series’ success

arts & culture, Sep 18 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


tent cities in Providence

Metro, Sep 17 2009

by Jesse Strecker

For much of this past summer, a tent citynamed Camp Run-a-Muck stood out likea sore thumb in the Point Street bridge’siconic …

Bring Back the Effigy

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

arts & culture, Apr 30 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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

History Pictures

new installations at the Nightingale-Brown House

arts & culture, Apr 30 2009

by Eve Essex

The newest object in the Nightingale-Brown House collection was, until recently, their somewhat infamous Goddard "secretary" desk and bookcase. Adorned with …

Providence For Sale

Metro, Apr 23 2009

by Jesse Strecker

Providence, along with the rest of Rhode Island, remains in the throes of a severe housing crisis. Eviction messengers march the …


Arts, Apr 23 2009

by Eve Essex

A Chicago-based artist with roots in theater, Catherine Sullivan has developed a multi-media practice that merges choreography, theater and cinema into …


News, Apr 16 2009

by Bess Kalb

Kaitlin, 9, Kyla, 5 and JonBK: Why are you here today?Kyla: I don't know.Jon: You did in the car.Kaitlin: To lower …


Literary, Apr 16 2009

by Martin Feiss


Arts, Apr 09 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Arts, Mar 19 2009

by Eve Essex

In the aftermath of the "Me" Decade's market crash in the late '80s, collaboration and community seemed to be on everybody's …


Metro, Mar 19 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Metro, Mar 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Metro, Mar 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Opinions, Feb 26 2009

by Bess Kalb

In the cocktail lounge of the liberally chandeliered Washington Renaissance Hotel two nights before Barack Obama's inauguration, Al Franken takes a …


Metro, Feb 26 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Metro, Feb 12 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Metro, Feb 05 2009

by Gillian Brassil

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


Features, Feb 05 2009

by Bess Kalb

Between Louisiana and First St. on inauguration morning, there are people in overcoats packed like chickens in a factory farm. The …


Arts, Feb 05 2009

by Eve Essex

Brown and RISD alumus Paul Ramirez Jonas has returned to Providence this winter as the resident artist of RISD Sculpture's Artist …


News, Nov 20 2008

by Tess O'Brien

On Thursday, November 6, Barack Obama gave one of the highest positions in his upcoming administration to a man whose nickname …


Metro, Nov 20 2008

by Eve Essex

In the 16th century, King Philip II of Spain commissioned the construction of a mechanical monk--a 15-inch automaton made in wood …


Metro, Oct 23 2008

by Eve Essex

A former resident of Fort Thunder and member of the Forcefield collective, artist Jim Drain is part of Providence legend. Straight …


Metro, Sep 18 2008

by Eve Essex

Despite pouring rains as Hurricane Everywhere made its way through Providence last Friday, crowds cloaked in RISD ponchos flooded North Main …

Beautiful Wasteland, Idolized Junkyard

urban exploration in Providence

Arts & Culture, Mar 20 2008

by Jesse Strecker

The door of the abandoned What Cheer Laundry Service building is covered with three posters. One is for a Rod Stewart …

Spectacular Larceny

Arts & Culture, Mar 13 2008

by Kathleen Ross

It's been over a month since thieves jacked four masterpieces from the EG Bührle Foundation, an art collection outside Zurich, Switzerland. …

Look Ma, No Humanity

a new video game controller leads the way for killer robots

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2008

by Bess Kalb

When the news broke at 5:25 PM on February 20, the Associated Press briefed the English-speaking world with the headline "Brain-Reading …

Dispatches from Des Moines

Ignoring the fine print of Ron Paul's campaign

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Bess Kalb

An Elevator as an Apt Metaphor The day before the first caucus, a young Iowan pseudo-goth waited for the elevator outside …

Long-term Possibilities

eHarmony's just not that into you

Arts & Culture, Jan 31 2008

by Kathleen Ross

When it came to smearing online dating heavyweight eHarmony, rival poured the perfect poison into the public's ear: rejection. In …