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New York City, October 16, 2014


by Tom Scocca ★★★ A soaking rain, lingering from overnight, went off and on before shutting fully off at midday.

Spell Book of Beauty


I’ve talked about makeup as magic before—it bleeds through my work. Sometimes I take the message literally and make beauty a ritual to do in the dark.

This Week in Lines: Some Things in Life Are Kinda Free


by Jake Gallagher 1:34 PM Wednesday, October 15th — Free donuts for the Dough opening Location: 14 West 19th Street Length: A hundred and ninety-two people with inner Homer Simpsons Weather: 77 and partly cloudy Crowd: Local office-workers, for whom a free donut is probably the highlight of their week Mood: Excited enough to make me question whether or not these people need anymore sugar in their systems Wait time: Fifty minutes Lingering question: How long can one function at work after consuming a Dulce de Leche donut?

Making Believe, No Matter What

by Casey N. Cep The last thing I made was my bed. Soon I will make some toast, and later today I will make plans for this weekend.

The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram


by John Herrman A few months ago I came across an old story about an app called Figure 1. It was billed as "Medicine’s Answer to Instagram," and had apparently just raised a couple million dollars.

Selling Sexless Sex at Abercombie


One day in college, on what would have otherwise been a forgettable afternoon, two attractive people approached me outside of my department.

Selling Sexless Sex at Abercombie


[byline] One day in college, on what would have otherwise been a forgettable afternoon, two attractive people approached me outside of my department.

A Poem by Madhur Anand

by Mark Bibbins, Editor Two-two Weeks Nights lit up with a timer. Our programmable nests evolving new synonyms.

Sounds Enumerated

by John Herrman In 2014, not a single artist’s album has gone platinum. Not one has managed to cross that million sales mark.

Sounds Enumerated

by John Herrman In 2014, not a single artist’s album has gone platinum. Not one has managed to cross that million sales mark.

New York City, October 15, 2014


by Tom Scocca [No stars] Reeking and full of incoherent menace, like a surly drunk squinting for an excuse to take a swing at someone.

Forgotten Monsters


Garfel: Over the years, Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid was radically changed from her original form.

Attention Artists, Designers and Creators


by Awl Sponsors It's tough out there for working artists today. Finding the funding, resources and mentorship to realize your passion projects can feel overwhelming.

Attention Artists, Designers and Creators


by Awl Sponsors It's tough out there for working artists today. Finding the funding, resources and mentorship to realize your passion projects can feel overwhelming.

Hotels Are People Too


by Matt Buchanan It's increasingly hard to escape the sensation that the primary proprietors of the so-called sharing economy don't so much share as take—from their users, from their contracted workers, from the localities in which they operate, by utilizing infrastructure that they do not contribute toward.

Hotels Are People Too


by Matt Buchanan It's increasingly hard to escape the weight of the sensation that the primary proprietors of the so-called sharing economy don't so much share as take—from their users, from their contracted workers, from the localities in which they operate, by utilizing infrastructure that they do not contribute toward.

The Sad Parents of #Gamergate


by John Herrman All around the country, parents are sitting down to have the talk with their children.

The Sad Parents of #Gamergate


by John Herrman All around the country, parents are sitting down to have the talk with their children.

I Bought Some Jeans on Sale at The Gap And Now I'm a Person Again


I was the only person in Gap at 9:30 in the morning on a Saturday, which I would recommend for anyone who has tried to avoid thinking about their body for a very long time and is ready to face the music in the most boring way possible and at a 40% discount.

Leon Bridges, "Coming Home"

by John Herrman Via GvB, a supremely satisfying soul pop throwback to ~60 years ago which, obviously, you can read all about on the artist's Tumblr.


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