Illustrations by Robert Sandler

65 illustrations found.

In the Hall of Mirrors

Fernando Pessoa Today

Arts, Mar 01 2013

by Vera Carothers

[start hero] [end hero] Fernando Pessoa was the author who tried to write the author out of writing. His works were …

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 …

The Openings

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Grace Dunham

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

The House on Broadview Terrace

Arts & Culture, Dec 18 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

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

I'm Dead

Political Poisonings Through the Ages

News, Nov 16 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

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

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

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

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 …

Week in Review

News, Nov 16 2012

by by Emily Gogalak, Richard Salame & Kate Van Brocklin

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

Future Histories

Modernism & Preservation in Providence

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Mimi Dwyer

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

The Commissioner and I

Bidding Adieu to the Father of Modern Basketball

Metabolics, Nov 02 2012

by Sam Rosen

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

Payasos Azules

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

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

Walmart Has Sprung a Leak

Belated upheaval in the world's largest retail chain

News, Oct 26 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

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

Week in Review

News, Oct 19 2012

by Barry Elkinton, Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

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

Quebec Student Strike

Interviews, Sep 28 2012

by Benson Tucker & X

After a winter semester of massive student strikes and repressive government reaction, Quebec university life may finally be returning to normal. …

Hapless in Seattle

Sports, Sep 28 2012

by Sam Rosen

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

Week in Review

News, Sep 28 2012

by Alex Ronan & Kate Van Brocklin

Current EventsAfter floating in the north sea for 98 years, a message in a bottle was pulled in by a Scottish …

Hemingway’s Twitter

Literary, Sep 28 2012

by Michael Mount

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

Blessed are the Barren

Features, Sep 28 2012

by Ellora Vilkin

The woman’s prerecorded voice sounds tired, slightly nasal. “Hello and thank you for caring enough to call Project Prevention. We hope …

Week in Review

taps, teats & tabloids

News, Sep 22 2012

by Barry Elkinton, Emily Gogolak & Kate Van Brocklin

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

And There Is No Word For That

expanding the narratives of rape

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by A

There was this girl, whose face I can no longer see and whose name might have been Maggie but just as …

Promise In The Present

faith and skepticism in Carol Becker’s micro-utopias

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Jordan Carter

Last Thursday, Carol Becker—writer, scholar, and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts—gave a talk on micro-utopias to a micro-sized …

Athena's Adaptation

a 19th century library in the 21st century

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Natalie Villacorta

When people step into the Providence Athenaeum for the first time, they take their first breath of 19th century air and …

Parasites in the Pew

Something Rotten in the State of Nature

Science & Technology, May 11 2012

by Soma Chea

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

Boy's Club

resurrecting Portuguese tradition on Trenton street

Metro, May 10 2012

by Grace Dunham

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

Earth Daze

how a radical anti-corporate movement got lost in the lamest holiday on the planet

News, Apr 25 2012

by Alex Ronan

There were rumors that NASA had the capacity to take satellite images of the Earth. It was 1966 and Stewart Brand, …

Nonprofits Say No

Metro, Apr 11 2012

by By Malcolm Burnley

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

A Diocese In Arms

Metro, Apr 11 2012

by By Doreen St. Félix

On February 22, hundreds of Rhode Island’s Catholic faithful filled the pews of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, located …

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, …

Computers Building Buildings

Science, Mar 20 2012

by By Raillan Brooks & Lucas Morduchowicz

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

Week In Review

News, Mar 12 2012

by By Sophia Seawell, Elizabeth Koh & Oyinkan Osobamiro

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

Cash Rules Everything

Three perspectives on the rise of casinos in RI

Arts & Culture, Mar 12 2012

by Malcolm Burnley, David Adler & X

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

"They Bump Hips"

Lacrosse and Native Americana

Sports, Mar 06 2012

by Drew Dickerson

On Saturday, February 18, over the course of an afternoon, Brown University’s Men’s Varsity lacrosse team faced off against the Iroquois …

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 …

Hearts On Fire

Self-immolation as political protest

Arts & Culture, Mar 06 2012

by Kate Welsh

When a Tunisian fruit seller named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire on December 17, 2011, he sparked the Arab Spring, …

Uncanny Oscars

Investigations in cinema astrology

Arts & Culture, Feb 26 2012

by Adrian Randall

The Oscars are the anti-Superbowl. Any real pathos over victory and defeat quickly gets lost in the pomp and circumstance. Just …


Arts, Feb 26 2012

THE SECOND ANNUAL INDYSBest Anagrammatic Film Reviews: @WPoundstoneBest YouTube: Skrillex in IbizaBest Comeback: D’angeloFuture of Literature: @dog_ebooksBest Creepy Alien Eyes: Ryan …

Civility and its Discontents

Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath of the Tucson shooting

News, Feb 19 2012

by Emma Wohl

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

When Do Their Sentences End?

Reentering RIPTA

Metro, Feb 15 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

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

Kosher Thanksgiving

Metabolics, Dec 08 2011

by Jonah Wolf

Last week, neoconservative Pam Geller warned Americans against a new threat: Butterball turkeys. Although all of the company’s turkeys are certified …

Marathons and Our Bodies

Facts and Musings to Consider Before Deciding to Run a Marathon

Science & Technology, Dec 08 2011

by Mara Renz Smith

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

The Greatest Spectacle in Gaming

MLG Providence 2011

Arts & Culture, Dec 08 2011

by David Scofield

The Major League Gaming National Championship is the premiere competition for video game players worldwide. This year Providence is hosting. From …

Ai Wei Wei: Dissident Artist Investigated Again

Arts & Culture, Nov 28 2011

by Ana Alvarez

Ai WeiWei, prominent Chinese contemporary artist, clamorous political dissident, and recently-released government prisoner was charged again last week for tax evasion. …

This Will End With A Fruit

Literary, Nov 03 2011

by by David Scofield

Petals are swarming in my mouth,I’m savoring an angry swarm of springI breathed today to blow against your thigh.There’s heat left …

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 …

Frankly, Somewhat Pro-Pun

Interviews, Nov 03 2011

by conducted by Jamie Brew

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

Crying Over the Eurozone

News, Nov 03 2011

by by Alexandra Corrigan

On Oct 19, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to her first child with the sitting French president. Brushing off media paparazzi, Bruni-Sarkozy …

Israel On Its Own

Features, Oct 27 2011

by by David Adler

When Doron Shiffer-Sebba first walked the fifteen minutes from his house in West Jerusalem to the Old City in East Jerusalem, …

An American Casualty

featured, Oct 27 2011

by Malcolm Burnley

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

Forward Down the Field

Sports, Oct 25 2011

by by Nick Catoni

Motown legend Marvin Gaye released his landmark single What’s Going On in January 1971.  Everyone knows the smooth report of Gaye’s …

Police, Millionaire’s Tax, Tim Geithner, and Mace

Interviews, Oct 25 2011

by Conducted by Kate Welsh

A week ago, NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna pepper sprayed 23 year old Jeanne Mansfield and two other women in the …

Open Source Academia

arts & culture, Apr 21 2011

by Annie Macdonald

On April 4, 2001, a project spearheaded by the then-president of M.I.T., Charles Vest, was announced in the New York Times …

A New Discovery Zone

The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

science & technology , Apr 21 2011

by Maggie Lange

The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) is a nonprofit that calls itself a ‘wall-less’ museum. For now, the …

The Art of Barter

arts & culture, Apr 09 2011

by Olivia Fagon

In 1969, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe hawked their sketches and paintings for a month’s rent at the Chelsea Hotel. Pablo …

Week in Review

News, Apr 09 2011

by Belle Cushing, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

Facebook Squahes "Third Palestinian Intifada" After receiving numerous complaints and appeals, including a request from the Anti-Defamation League—a US-based Jewish advocacy …

Sleep No More: A Review

arts & culture, Mar 25 2011

by Meara Sharma

Late last Saturday night, I was in New York City searching frantically for 530 West 27th Street, the site of Sleep …

Week in Review

News, Mar 25 2011

by David Adler, Anna Matejcek & Emma Whitford

Operation Odyssey Dawn-s Saturday, March 19 marked the beginning of Operation Odyssey Dawn—an assault led by American forces on the Qaddafi …

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 …

Burning Boats

the Edgewood Yacht Club recovers from fire

arts & culture, Mar 18 2011

by Anna Maine

From the windswept parking lot, it is impossible to ignore the charred skeleton of a landmark that blots out a school …

Veteran PTSD: The Tension Between De-Stigmatization and Mis-Diagnosis

Features, Mar 06 2011

by Simon Van Zuylen-Wood

In 2003, after 15 years of non-combat duty for the Rhode Island National Guard, Vinnie Scirocco was giddy about his deployment …

A New Dawn for Sudan

News, Feb 25 2011

by Emily Gogolak

Sudan is no stranger to struggle. For most of its post-colonial history, the largest nation in Africa has been at war …

Spreading the Cheese

Sports, Feb 14 2011

by David Adler

With Christina Aguilera holding the final note of the National Anthem for over 10 seconds, it was easy to forget who …

Airwave Renaissance

Features, Sep 28 2010

by Natalie Jablonski

On Friday, November 25, 1960, radio drama died. Goodbye, Ma Perkins. Farewell, Amos ‘n’ Andy. It was the end, too, for …

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 …