jennifer osborne

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too close for comfort

the 5(+1) people we met in our freshmen dorms

1) The Alarm Clock Every day exactly at 8:01 p.m., the boy would pass the common room lounge as he went to see his girlfriend. It became so routine that we would refer to him as the “Alarm Clock.” In fact, I no longer needed to check my cell phone for the time. Every Tuesday, as…


Filling the Void

An Interview with PVDonuts

Lori Kettelle does not know why donuts are round, but that hasn’t stopped her from building Providence’s very own donut empire. In the sanctum that produces College Hill’s most popular weekend indulgence, she tells the PVDonuts story, one of a rise to greatness as impressive as those on the yeasted rounds in her display case….



Give us this day our daily bread

I find out about Hurricane Harvey in the middle of a non-stop flight to Houston, too focused on finding coffee before takeoff to check The Atlantic Daily at the airport. Reading about the worst hurricane to hit the United States in 12 years didn’t have immediate impact—from above, everything is soft, tea-logged Biscoffs and cotton…

katie cafaro 22super girl22 color oct 26

this is my story

supergirl’s struggle for autonomy

Psylocke has been my favorite comic character ever since her appearance in the Uncanny X-Force series from 2010. With ninja-like combat skills and psychic powers, she proves again and again in a short twenty-five-issue series that she is tough as nails and unapologetic about her flaws. Yet her appearance in this year’s Age of Apocalypse…

tymani ratchford Why we should read more short stories

the big short

making the case for short stories

Walking into my dorm room, one of the first things many visitors notice is the collage of New Yorker covers plastered on my wall. While I hail from a country exactly halfway across the world from the the New Yorker’s office, reading the magazine became a bit of a high school ritual. After receiving secondhand…