Depending on perspective, the city of Providence might already seem like a "place of temporary punishment, suffering, expiation, or the like." I mean, look at Buddy Cianci's saga. Through next Wednesday, though, you can check out purgatory baked up nice and neat with a crispy crust -- at the Purgatory Pie Press exhibit (at RISD library.)
A little background on PPP:
"Dikko Faust started Purgatory Pie Press at the University of Wisconsin, Madison when he spilled (or pied) an overfilled case of 8 pt century oldstyle his first day at Walter Hamady's letterpress class.
Esther K Smith entered Purgatory when they made their wedding invitation in 1980."
The letterpress studio now operates out of NYC and specializes in collaborating with artists to produce prints, books, and the letterpress application du jour these days, wedding invitations.They set all type by hand; Faust and Smith also publish and teach.
Luckily, The Prof and I are headed down to Provi tomorrow morning to attend a paternal family reunion/Providence College basketball game with the Murphy clan and I have a few a.m. hours to myself while Mark is tutoring in Final Cut. I think I'll try to catch the PPP exhibit, check out a store (Rocket to Mars) that I've had my eye on for over a year, then end with some leisurely browsing on Wickenden Street.