Last Call: Lucy Kissel

Lucy then and now

Then + Now

People might know me as… that girl who carries around the Round Magazine canvas bag most paces I go. There are a few of them out there in circulation, but mine is recognizable for being the farthest now from its original white.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… becoming deeply involved in wonderful friendships, a wonderful relationship, and wonderful projects.

Why don’t you have a Facebook? What’s the best part about not having one? Worst part? It’s been more of a passive choice than an active one. That, and I was planning to be ahead of the curve when it went the way of MySpace. The best part about not having one is being unaware of any and all unflattering pictures out there. The worst part about not having one is being unaware of any and all unflattering pictures out there.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… at dinner, then either working on my thesis or not working on my thesis, and then maybe at Lily Gildor’s house.

The best class/professor at Brown is… any class with Michael Harper, of the Literary Arts department. They’re always fabulous, because there’s never any way to anticipate what you’re going to learn, or what you’ll end up talking about. I’m not sure if he’s teaching this semester, but I did keep a notebook of my favorite quotations of his, if anybody’s interested.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… I should’ve been less shy, especially with professors, freshman year. There is no reason to be. I should’ve backed up my computer more often. I should’ve ventured into the Hay earlier.

My favorite piece of art I have produced while at Brown is… I love the poet Lucille Clifton, who died in 2010. One of my favorite poems of hers is Telling our Stories. In a sculpture class year, I paid homage to the poem by “writing” it out in aluminum, with different widths denoting different letters or punctuation marks. I very much liked using the welder and spray paint.Telling our Stories

Ratty vs. V-Dub…  The Ratty, probably for reasons of misplaced nostalgia.

One thing you wish you had done…  I wish I’d taken a class with Robert Coover, an author who stopped teaching here last year, and whose work I discovered at an event marking his retirement from Brown.

(Lily’s Question) If you were to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Something” by Otis Redding. If I had to narrow it down, it’d be “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.”

The Round is the best publication at Brown because…  There are a lot of strong publications at Brown, all doing different things, which we’re fortunate to have. I think the Round does very well what it sets out to do, and is the only publication on campus to do, as far as I know. We’re a publication that in a given issue includes about half artists from Brown and RISD, and half artists from anywhere else. Our mission is to put artists from College Hill in conversation with a larger community of artists. Our last issue included contributors from five different countries, and from ages 16 to 78, which was neat.

What is the hardest class you have taken at Brown?  If you could do it all over again, would you still take it?  Arabic was the hardest, for the couple of months I stuck with it. I thought it might be fun and interesting, but I had no better, deeper reason for taking it, or plans to continue taking it after the requisite two semesters. When I realized the class wasn’t something to be embarked upon lightly, I dropped it. I’ve only just figured out how to pick the perfect classes that balance each other well now that it’s time to leave.

The weirdest object I have in my apartment is… I started collecting tree bark about a month ago, and now it’s just languishing. I had some brilliant idea about how to use it, only now I’ve forgotten. Mostly, I try to limit the space to essentials and some decorations, to the extent that I can.


Who are you tagging next? I’m going to tag Leah Douglas next. We’re both in American Studies, studying very different things. Last year Leah was working on some agriculture- and policy-related projects when we met in class. I’d like to see what Leah’s up to now.

Next up: Leah Douglas
Lucy’s Question: What is your favorite spot on campus to spend time?

1 Comment

  1. Robert

    My question is, how did her eyes change color from her first to senior year?

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