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coffee stains on old desks

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library–colloquially known as the Rock, or even more colloquially–seen as an amalgamation of discarded poetry written into ancient desks. The largest and most intricate, living, breathing piece of literature on campus. I walk in and immediately make my way to the bottom floor, walking around the...

Pasta in Pink…for the same cost as the Ratty?

After wandering through the kitchens of Al Forno, where the chefs were busy prepping for the evening flood of ravenous clients thirsting for decadent foods, I felt the urge to try my hand at cooking one of Johanne Killeen’s most famous recipes: “Baked Pasta with Five Cheeses”, or “Pasta in...

Spices from Home

I was raised on an all-Indian diet. That means roti bread on the weekdays with spicy lentils and braised vegetables, and the same on the weekends, except the addition of some sweet mitai dessert squares after dinner to cool the spice off our tongues. It was a bit of an...

Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

For a guy who builds global positioning systems, my dad’s not too great with Google Maps. Big thumbs, small iPhone screen — I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. We’re dropped off in Seekonk, Massachusetts, overstuffed bags in hand, with no idea how to hike to Brown University on...

First Semester, First Drag Show

Walking into the club proved to be an experience in and of itself, and opening the door to an array of lights and music resonating through the room only added to the ambiance of Ego. The first thing I saw was the dancer on stage, performing in the early drag...

“Art” Forno

AN ARTISTIC CULINARY CURATION BY JOHANNE KILLEEN + GEORGE GERMON Just as Botticelli’s meticulous brushstrokes in Florence resulted in the world-famous Birth of Venus, chefs Johanne Killeen and George Germon combined their nuanced recipes with unique aesthetics to create an Italian masterpiece of their own in the heart of Providence....

AS220

A radical art nonprofit in downtown Providence is revolutionizing the way we think about and build artist communities. AS220 is a refreshing departure from the world of elite art. Umberto Crenca co-founded AS220 in 1985 on his conviction that every person has the potential for creative expression, and that such...


A Call to Providence’s Bibliophiles

Photography by Miranda McDermott   I have a love-hate relationship with bookstores, especially independent bookstores. I love them, but they hate my wallet. However, with Amazon sinking it’s brick-and-mortar teeth into Dedham, Massachusetts, I knew it was my bibliophilic duty to spread the word about some of Providence’s best independent...

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...