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New York City, February 23, 2017


★★★ Startling fog covered the view. Even after the worst had lifted, dampness was general. The top of the Empire State Building stayed missing while blue appeared overhead.

8 Famous Writers’ Desks You Could Have Owned


In a word: mahogany Coming up for auction on March 8 is a portable writing desk owned by Bret Harte, a short-story writer and poet who mined the California Gold Rush for his best-known stories, such as, “The Luck of Roaring Camp,” published in 1868.

If It Walks Like A Jerk And Talks Like A Jerk


Call him an asshole, not “brilliant,” and don’t hire him. Just don’t hire this guy. (Image: Matt Grant) Last weekend, Susan J.

> Princess Marigold, Nazi-Hunter


From Everything Changes, the Awl’s newsletter. Subscribe here. Once upon a time, there was a young princess called Marigold.

Five Weeks Later


A reflection in verse Photo: Tricia It happens more than you’d expect or ever could foresee You’re suddenly distracted and your mind is running free You think about the weather or your family far away You focus on the future or the pleasures of the day The memories from seasons past pop back to make

Leonard Cohen, “Traveling Light”


Now it’s summer. Photo: Jorge Quinteros It’s Friday and it’s going to be 70° today. Watch this video and then do whatever you have to do to get yourself outside and stay there until the sun sets, which is at 5:42.

New York City, February 22, 2017


★★ Gray slowly brightened into watery half-sunshine over a clammy haze. No coat or jacket could be right for it.

Glenmorangie Scotch


The Nevada City Wine Diaries Image: Everjean Yesterday at 11 a.m. I had two desires. One was to pee, the other was to make myself two boiled eggs.

A Manual For Introverts


Shyness: What’s it about? Are you looking for something new to read? You always should be. If I may, let me suggest Joe Moran’s Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness, which is out now from Yale.

A Very Oscars Edition of Classical Music Hour With Fran


With special guest bobby finger! Image: Chris Devers Hello! The Oscars are three days away. All of your podcasts are talking about them, even the murder ones, I’m sure of it.

Modern Talking


Oh, the humanities. Photo: Francisco Osorio I’m not agreeing with conservative shoe-bangers and cranky old idiots like George Will of the Washington Post who love to seize on problems like these as proof that we academics are all hoity-toity elitists who are conspiring together to lord our knowledge over a public full of nothing but bigots, lardos, and morons.

A Poem by Natalie Shapero

My Hair Is Kind of My Thing Where’s good around here? I like the chromed-up diner with its pineapple upside-down cake and its pendant lamps and its kitschy old war posters framed on the wall, as though we are not still also now at war.

The Ballad Of Elsa And Spiderman


Behind the YouTube pranksters exploiting bizarre kids’ channels YouTube is home to a lot of deeply weird content and strange trends, from unboxing videos to ASMR channels to sterile performance art to NSFW vulgarity.

Leaving A Party


The Adventures of Liana Finck Liana Finck’s work appears in The New Yorker and Catapult, and in her Instagram feed.

Arca, “Piel”


When change is good. Has there been a more innovative artist than Arca in the last five years? Maybe.

New York City, February 21, 2017


★★ People strolled along in sweaters or wearing full winter coats, trapped between the sense that the season had broken and the fact that the day was still colder than not.

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bach Trio Sonata №6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace


Vivace AF I’m not sure what your afternoon is like but I am fairly certain that this will make it just a little bit better. Enjoy.https://medium.com/media/a14d450a7e5a1e3a61fe142967f598d2/href Bach Trios is out at the beginning of April.

A Writer In Residence: Chili’s Grill & Bar


Expounding on the virtues of narrative while pounding bottomless chips and salsa. Image: aaronisnotcool February 10, 2017 My residence began in the Chili’s at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey.

Fang Dedication


Acknowledgements. Fang Dedication was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Deutschland Über Us


Obey these rules for taking a bath, or else. (NSFW!) Image: [martin] Just So You Know: This is about Germans, so it contains full-frontal nudity.


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