• Brenda Rodriguez

    the language of a place

    finding fluency at brown

    April 5, 2019
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    During my first few months at Brown, I discovered a lot of things that I wished people had told me before. I worked hard to not let these nondisclosures feel like little betrayals, redacted knowledge nesting behind the starry-eyed smiles of neighborhood parents, relatives, and others who clasped their hands and joyfully informed me: “You’re […]

    “dear blueno,” a dramatic reading

    not your average recitation

    March 22, 2019
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    When I walked into the PW Upspace last Saturday, I was looking for a good time. And sure enough, Emily Tunkel delivered. I came in with high expectations; I left with them exceeded. A crowd of around 30 people, all seated on wooden benches, seemed to agree, given the decibel level in the tiny room […]

    finding my way

    embracing getting lost

    February 15, 2019
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    The wind cut my hands sharply, but I could feel the rest of my body heating up under my heavy windbreaker. As I ascended the steep slope of College Hill, the few RISD shuttles I passed assured me that I was walking in the right direction. After a few more minutes of walking up the […]

    we are marshall?

    reckoning with cat power’s wanderer tour

    September 27, 2018
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    “It’s damned if you don’t and it’s damned if you do,” opines Chan Marshall, frontwoman of indie group Cat Power, over an achingly beautiful electric guitar line and the faint buzz of snare on her classic 1998 album, Moon Pix. Propped in my bed scrolling through concert websites and looking at tickets for Marshall’s upcoming […]