The Vermont Cynic

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Illistrations: Egg Plant

Brigitte Riordan, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

Food is culture. I am a first-generation Romanian-American, but I don’t know much about Romanian food. My father fled the country in the height of Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and once he moved to the United States, he was dedicated to being an American. He won’t speak Romanian around my brother...

Burlington’s Hierarchy of Needs

Bettina Cataldi, B-Side.

Bettina Cataldi, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

Bagels, attention and therapy. Those are what I’d consider my three most potent needs to be. When Glenn Walter, owner of Three Needs Taproom & Brewery in downtown Burlington, saw the sign that is currently hanging above Three Needs in a dream, he hadn’t anticipated the significance of those...

Girl Got a (Tattoo) Gun

Caroline Slack, B-Side. Aja Briana at Vermont Custom Tattoo.

Caroline Slack, Staff Writer

February 19, 2018

Vermont Custom Tattoo and Piercing is tucked a flight of stairs above Cosmic Grind Coffee at 104 Church Street Marketplace, Suite 2A. You might just miss it if it weren’t for a plastic sign on the brick walk outside. The shop makes the most of a small space, with orange and teal-painted walls adorned...

Assault in ‘safe spaces:’ Women in the DIY music scene speak out

Max McCurdy, B-Side. Rathaus on a Saturday night.

Libby Camp

February 12, 2018

The first DIY show I went to was a hardcore show in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was hosted in a Veterans of Foreign Wars center. There were kids that looked like they could beat the shit out of me, but who were all probably just as awkward as me. The masking tape on the floor was the onl...

Fresh Tracks

James Gaudreault. B-Side. Skiers starting down Jester.

James Gaudreault

February 5, 2018

While winter slept stubbornly through the early days of December, my friend and I spent our Saturday scraping the icy slopes of Sugarbush. We arrived late in the morning and found the elements at the base of the mountain caught in a fierce war. The muddy earth and wilting meadows were battling...

A Lifetime of Donuts

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Max McCurdy, Assistant Photo Editor

December 23, 2017

I vividly remember the first time I dreamed of visiting the Koffee Kup factory. It was winter of 2015, I was a sophomore and lived in Sichel Hall, a part of the distant Back Five on Trinity Campus. Sometime around midnight, I was on the lawn in front of Sichel with my roommate and his girlfriend,...

A Conversation with Rick from Pile

A Conversation with Rick from Pile

Nick Vidal

October 10, 2017

2017 has been big year for Pile. Since the March release of their latest studio LP “A Hairshirt of Purpose,” the Boston band has been busy delivering their unique brand of frenetic and asymmetrical post-hardcore to audiences across Europe and North America. Extensive touring hasn’t been the...

For Tom

MAGGIE RICHARDSON. B-Side.

Maggie Richardson, B-Side Editor

October 9, 2017

The air was hot and thick as I stumbled outside of my Northwest Washington, D.C. home and into the golden morning light of a mid-July day. At nine years old, I had big ambitions on my summer swim team and at my Corcoran Art School summer camp, so I packed up my pint-sized duffel bag and hopped into...

Slurred Words and Spatzle: Oktoberfest Vermont 2017

Slurred Words and Spatzle: Oktoberfest Vermont 2017

Bettina Cataldi, Writer

October 6, 2017

On a quest for locals to bear the last days of Burlington’s Indian summer, the solution was clear: bubbling brews, festive hats and games easy enough for those under the influence to win prizes. Oktoberfest Vermont held its third annual festival this past weekend from Sept. 21 to 23. Forty local,...

Chasing West

Chasing West

James Gaudreault, Writer

September 26, 2017

My friends and I departed on a Friday afternoon during the peak of summer, leaving behind our homes and any concerns for the time of day. We’d entered into a losing race with the setting sun, united by our common western destination, winding through those vibrant green New Hampshire mountains without...

On Being your own Outing Club

Algonquin Peak, Adirondack Park, NY.

Maggie Richardson

September 6, 2017

As I near the start of my senior year, every so often I stop to look around this little college town in that starry-eyed way I did as a first-year: in awe of mountains, water and vast open spaces in every direction. It’s the kind of feeling that draws so many students here and leaves so many missing...

Beer and Baseball Hats in the Berkshires: Solid Sound 2017

The hats of Solid Sound Festival 2017

Maggie Richardson, B-Side Editor

July 4, 2017

On a muggy Friday evening in the rolling hills of the western Massachusetts Berkshires, a crowd of L.L. Bean-clad festival goers descended slowly on the sleepy town of North Adams. Though its main street is spare and some of its sidewalks are old and wearing, the town is home to one of New England’s...

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