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Performing Gender: Providence’s Drag Scene

Most areas that interest me I tend to approach from an aggressively intellectual perspective that borders (or is firmly on the wrong side of) pretension. Drag shows are no exception, which is why it was particularly interesting to compare my thoughts about drag in general to those I had when...

Homecoming

A December Saturday morning. She’s already running late, but she sits up and pauses for a moment, looking at the sleeping figure across the room. Two hundred and some days of this familiar sight, the same floral duvet cover, come rain, shine, wind or snow. She remembers their early interactions:...

The Best Worst Beach in Rhode Island

Despite its small size, Rhode Island boasts a prodigious list of nicknames. There is the Plantation State (from its official name, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations), the Smallest State (no explanation needed), and, affectionately, Little Rhody. Still, there is one title that rises above the rest, the only one to...

Tiny Homes: The Ultimate Downsize

Once upon a time, everyone wanted a big house. My mom, who grew up in the seventies and early eighties, says property was a status symbol for her generation, a way to show off wealth. Today, though, priorities are changing. While many still want large houses, recent generations face new...

The Rise of Food Trucks

If you take a walk through the Brown campus down Waterman St. around midday, you’ll most likely see small clumps of people gathered around various food trucks parked on the side of the road. Walking by the Lotus Pepper truck, you’ll get whiffs of delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Students and adults...

Dharamshala Lingers

If we missed this bus, there was no way we could make it back to Delhi in time. We were eighteen, with shining eyes and large backpacks falling off our shoulders. Limbs flailing, we scurried across a wide, grey road lined with pine trees standing tall against the clear blue...

Found in Translation

Translation is important. Most, I think, would agree. It gives us a way to learn about other cultures, and to share our own. Without translation, we would be restricted to our small, monolingual part of the world. But I think most also believe that translated works, while useful, are only...

Reality Impromptu: A Walking Chronicle of Boston

10/21/2016 || 5:14 pm || Providence, RI Hey Sis, I think I actually want to go to Boston this week. I’m going to catch the 6 o’clock train. I’ll see you for dinner at 7:30.              -Samuel 10/22/2016 || 2:42 pm || Boston, MA Meet for cannolis at Mike’s Pastries...

Letters to Strangers

To the guy on the bus: Lucky that we didn’t linger at the train station any longer than we did, otherwise we would have never made it to the bus stop on time. The bus had been waiting to fill its last two seats, and thankfully we caught it just...

Providence’s Street Sign Gallery

I’m off to an art gallery, Though not in the conventional sense. It doesn’t have a collection that’s limited By wealth Or connections And admission is always free.   All it really takes to be showcased In this, my favorite, gallery is The desire to express oneself (and the humble...