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New York City, July 27, 2014

by Tom Scocca ★★★ The day arrived so gray that being rained on seemed inevitable. No sooner had that resignation set in, though, than the sun came, for just long enough to be encouraging.

A Night Walking with Dinosaurs

by Brendan O'Connor Earlier this month, the Barclays Center was filled with children and animatronic dinosaurs.

Talking to Tina Haver-Currin, Steadfast Pro-Choice Protester and Gentle, Brilliant Troll

I first caught wind of Saturday Chores, Grayson and Tina Haver-Currin’s ingeniously weird pro-choice protests, on Facebook.

Gauntlet Thrown Directly into Toilet

by John Herrman "'This is one of those wonderful high-water marks in The Atlantic’s 157 year history,' Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley said in a press release.

The Dangers of Recovering Your Stolen Bike from Somebody Who Is Much Larger Than You Are

by Matthew J.X. Malady People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, college student Michael Rosen tells us more about what it’s like to have your bike stolen and then have to confront someone stronger than you later on in order to get it back.

Karen O, "Rapt"

by John Herrman Here is a little preview of a full album coming in September, which Karen O describes as a soundtrack to her "ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴄʀᴜsᴀᴅᴇ." 0 Comments The post Karen O, "Rapt" appeared first on The Awl.

2015 Summer Movie Forecast: Desert Explosions With a Chance of Good

by John Herrman What is it, exactly, that's so unsettling about this trailer? I am exhilarated by it, but I can't tell exactly why.

Filtering Technology Advanced

by Matt Buchanan Whisper's advanced technology to reduce the amount "meanness" floating around on its service, otherwise known as "libel," has a high cost: The company, based in this city’s Venice neighborhood, says it has built filters to reduce celebrity gossip and everyday name-calling.

Symmetry Cruel

by John Herrman "We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial." 0 Comments The post Symmetry Cruel appeared first on The Awl.

New York City, July 24, 2014

by Tom Scocca ★★★★★ The rain had washed away the haze, though if it had done anything even briefly about the garbage, the smell had already regenerated.

The Gee Whiz Train

by Matt Buchanan The thin, fragile, and (oft unfairly) maligned conduit between Brooklyn and Queens is shutting down for five weeks so that the MTA can repair lingering damage from Hurriance Sandy.

Why I Have To Be So "Rude"

"Rude" is the #1 song in America; “Rude” is a strong contender for the worst song I have ever heard. For the lucky uninitiated, I can only explain “Rude” like this: it’s the aural equivalent of a man listening to reggae for the first time in his racecar bed, slowly fucking the hole in a Kidz Bop CD.

A Poem by John Ashbery

by Mark Bibbins, Editor The Undefinable Journey Where do you think you’re going to get lines to punish the stranger with?

Space Invaders

by Betsy Morais Tourists are freaks. (For context: I work in Times Square.) Tourists are unnatural to the environment into which they insert themselves; they walk funny; they talk wrong.

What It's Like Getting Hired—and Fired—by 'SNL'

It was late summer, 1982, and I was driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The Book I Didn't Write

by Elmo Keep I didn’t write the book because the thought of it made me feel vaguely ill at all times.

History Revised

by John Herrman Now in a discovery reported by an international team in the journal Science, the new dinosaur species, Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus (KOO-lin-dah-DRO-mee-us ZAH-bike-kal-ik-kuss), suggests that feathers were all in the family.

M.I.A., "Gold"

by John Herrman Just under two minutes of helpful forward propulsion for a deathly Friday. One foot in front of the other.

"Better and Worse Than You Thought It Was"

by John Herrman Awl pal Anne Helen Petersen on Harvey Levin's empire of slime: [I]t’s clear that Bieber’s tape was not the only near-priceless piece of dirt in the proverbial TMZ vault.

The Cathedral Ruins

by Susan Harlan A cathedral is a good place to remember. I visited European cathedrals when I was too young to care about them.