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In the Phoenix: Lovecraft and Labor

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!

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