Indiamei Coren

You're Not The Only One Interview on Samuel A. Coren

What years were you in middle school?


My Father in Middle School

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What kinds of music, movies, and fashions were popular at the time?

As a boy, I was unaware what girls were into. However, I did know that most people enjoyed gangster rap artists including Nas, Wu Tang, Ice-T, and Snoop Dog.

For movies, a great number of people enjoyed watching Jurassic Park, Reality Bites, Forest Gump, and Titanic.

While the girls wore loose t-shirts with logos, gap sweatshirts, and lots of bangles, the boys wore bubble shaped goose down jackets, low slung, baggy jeans, white tank tops, timberlins, and baseball caps.




What were your favorite activities in middle school? What were your hobbies and interests?

In terms of extra-curricular activities, I had much pleasure in doing theatre, creative writing, and track. However, outside of school I enjoyed drawing and learning about art history, movie making, environmental activities, guitar and songwriting, and poetry.

What jobs/interests/activities do you have now? Is there a connection between what you like back then and what you enjoy today?

In the past several years I have been researching and writing on the history of Providence as part of an MA project. This is a continuation of my interest in writing.

My most recent job as a bookstore manager reflects that. I have also worked with friends on music and installation art projects. This speaks to my interest in the arts. At the moment, I am working on a Providence mayoral campaign and focusing on sustainability and responsible development.

My Father at an Open Mic

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What was the best part about being in middle school?

The best part was making life-long friends and discovering new passions.

What was the worst part?

The rigid schedule and curriculum were creatively limiting.

Also, I was frequently sent to the school psychologist by teachers who thought that I was on drugs. This was due to the fact that I received very little sleep and wore dark clothing.

How would you describe your middle school self?

On one hand, I was angsty, easily distracted, and often in love.

On the other hand I was inquisitive and adventurous.

What advice about growing up would you give to kids my age?

Build up your inner strength because how people think of you in junior high means nothing in the long run.

When you hung out with your friends, where did you go?

A lot of time was spent in Roger William's Park, walking around the neighborhood, and hanging out at Al-Mall Pizza and William Hall library.

What did you struggle with as a middle school student that I can relate to?

Other kids' parents were teachers, activists, and other creative jobs that led them to recognize their child's emerging talents and how to nurture them. As hard working people, my weren't and aren't often home and less able to give that kind of guidance. Since you, India live with my parents this specifically affects you.

My Father and I Today

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