• arts and culture

    a las calles

    street art in bogotá and beyond

    April 8, 2021
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    My senses are overloaded as I attempt to soak in the vibrant hues that surround me the way a canvas soaks in paint. Towering above me, lions, birds, migrant workers, and Indigenous women live together on walls of businesses and homes. It feels as though any second they will peel off the brick and appear […]

    a labor of love

    learning to bake with bake off

    April 8, 2021
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    In January, I returned at long last to Providence. After spending the better part of a year back in my childhood home, I was faced with the knowledge that my time at Brown hadn’t been a distant fever dream after all. The week before my 10 hour drive up the coast was punctuated with nightmares […]

    an ode to chess

    a lifelong journey with the greatest game ever made

    April 1, 2021
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    “This is the hathi, the elephant.” My father held a strange wooden figurine between his earth-brown fingers as we sat cross-legged on the ground. He placed the hathi on the checkered board between us and slid it gently over the board’s surface. “It can move only in straight lines, front to back or left to […]

    “if you can’t breathe, just scream”

    on skydiving and tom petty’s “free fallin”

    April 1, 2021
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    Tom Petty’s song “Free Fallin’” begins with bright strumming on an acoustic guitar. Accompanied by a sunny chord progression, maracas, and soothing harmonies on the chorus, he sings about wanting to “glide down” over the earth and “free fall out into nothing.” Petty’s look in the music video has the same laid-back vibe as the […]

    on rainbows

    the female figures of artist amber vittoria

    March 25, 2021
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    It’s easy for life to become a sort of unending stream—where the distinctions between days dissolve; where the passage of time seems less about possibilities and more about obligations, schedules, humdrum routines; where people become faces and faces become things to ignore or look beyond. Even before the pandemic made us painfully aware of this […]