We've got a great cover story in this week's Phoenix on Providence's failure to embrace native son H.P. Lovecraft, a horror writer who died in relative obscurity, but has become an international icon and inspiration to the likes of Stephen King.
Why only a gravesite and a little noticed plaque on the Brown campus? Why not a walking trail and a gift shop selling Cthulu thongs? The puacity of local tributes to the man is particularly curious in a city that has gone to such great lengths to market itself as the Creative Capital.
Our story, by contributor Phil Eil, also does a wonderful job of laying out Lovecraft's dark and quirky character; this is a figure who gets passing mention on local blogs and whatnot, but doesn't often get the full treatment we provide here.
With May Day approaching, we've also got a couple of labor-related pieces: a look at the state of organized labor in Rhode Island and a lighter piece on a local screening of Eisenstein's silent film Strike, accompanied by hipster electronica. Solidarity!