what’s the buzz?
reflections on nature’s worst bastard
I was at my now ex-girlfriend’s cousin’s wedding in upstate New York, looking at a wasp. The wasp, dehydrated, was dragging itself across the tarmac toward the guard rail overlooking a small waterfall by the venue. Every time it tried to take off, its wings would sputter to life for a moment until, like a […]
looking at construction, envisioning a space of belonging
I descended four stories below ground. I wasn’t in a basement—at least, it wasn’t a basement yet. I was in the rectangular pit between Angell Street and Olive Street, a pit that will eventually be Brown’s Performing Arts Center. With me stood John Cooke, a program manager in Brown’s Facilities Management department, and Mike Kotuby, […]
the art of the book
or, a defense of non-essential coursework
Who knows anything about necessity? Not me. Imagine this: It’s last semester, and this campus is your oyster. You feel like you’ve really figured some stuff out since freshman year—what you want to concentrate in, who your friends are, how to manage time, and so on. You’re abundantly ready for—scare quotes—the rest of your […]