Monday, February 21st, 2011

Greetings from the Bear-Infested Asheville Satellite Office

Once upon a time (last December), we went out looking for a managing editor for this website, and we met a ton of amazing people. Long story short: we now want you to meet Carrie Frye, who has written and edited previously at About Last Night and Asheville's Mountain Xpress. She can be reached at caaf at theawl dot com.

Hi and hello! I completed orientation over the weekend ("Core-ee Seek-a") and now it's just a thrill to be sitting here at a desk with my Awl stapler and pen set, filling up the calendar with items that, while we're enjoying a mood of excessive first-week politeness, the guys will be reluctant to spike ("Feb. 23—Balk's "American Idol" live-blog").

I have tremendous affection for this site, and I look forward to confabbing with the people that I've read here and planning new great things to entertain and edify Awl readers. And if I can be earnest for a moment—I'm originally from Wisconsin, and it's nearly impossible for a Midwesterner to get through anything like this without some earnestness—if you're a shy writer who has for whatever reason been hesitant about sending out your work into the world, I hope my inclusion here (and my fairly obscure media profile, Southern Appalachian location and all) will bring out the "what the hell, why not?" in you and hearten you to pitch more, send out your work more, share your ideas more. Life is short, best to be brave.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Yo, Ash-vul. We get cash prizes for playing nice, btw. They did tell you that.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

All I want is a gold star.

jolie (#16)

I'll take my good behavior reward in moonshine, thanks.

jolie (#16)

(Oh and of course! Hi welcome howdy !! hey hot stuff alskfhlksfh etc etc)

hockeymom (#143)

Asheville AND Wisconsin…two great places, right off the bat!
(and see @KarenUhOh…will be sending you my address in exchange for cash money, later.)

MichelleDean (#7,041)

Welcome, Carrie!

C_Webb (#855)

Welcome! I assume your name is pronounced "CHA-ree Freeze"?

gumplr (#66)


Anne Denoon (#10,010)


MSP (#7,417)

North Carolina! Come on and raise up (to the Awl, a place worth of ascension)!

Always enjoyed the Mountain Xpress when I visited Asheville. Congrats.

caw_caw (#5,641)


Rolling out the new ME on a half-work day, eh? Very wise, given the rabid commented hordes. Or just in case you wanted to have the welcome greetings be spread over multiple days.

jaimealyse (#647)


tigolbitties (#2,150)

can you send out some sisters mcmullen cupcakes as part of your duties?!?!?! :-)

Kevin (#2,559)


roboloki (#1,724)

hello and welcome carrie!
is the dog's name henri?

Hi and welcome!

#56 (#56)

Are you using that little dog as bear bait? And welcome!

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Welcome, Carrie!

maebefunke (#154)


I used to write for Mountain XPress. For like a summer. It was boring stuff about extreme sports athletes.

barnhouse (#1,326)

Is the dog's name Bear? (and welcome!)

David Roth (#4,429)

Welcome aboard. I should probably mention that whatever it is I might someday write for you is going to be like three hours/days late.

libmas (#231)

Oh, this is lovely. Always enjoyed your stuff at About Last Night. Hooray!

HiredGoons (#603)

so now The Awl is bi-coastal? Pffft, liberal elitists.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I think they're trying for bicuspid first.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Unless Asheville isn't where I left it, they're still monocoastal. Is this an inside joke I'm not getting?

Carrie Frye (#9,863)

Hi all, and thanks! I'm super-excited and happy to get to know you all. Will work on how to smuggle moonshine and drum aboard next flight to NY.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Just don't bring sweet tea (or related vodkas). That's going to be my cultural gift from the south.

I suggest a picture of Whiteside Mountain as your avatar.

Feels good to mingle with these laid back country folk, don't it Carrie?

Vulpes (#946)

Welcome, New Awl Overlord! Some tips:

1) Cat the Cat is your Lord and Master. Thou shalt have no other god before Him.


3) Be gentle with Balk. He's… sensitive.

4) Don't piss off the hardcore commenters. They WILL cut a bitch.

Abe Sauer (#148)

There is a submissions guidelines page?

caw_caw (#5,641)

I know. I had to go see it for myself.

Well hi and welcome! (I didn't know bears were so small and fluffy in Asheville.)

I have lived within a short drive of Asheville for about 3 years now and have been meaning to visit. Can you take me to see the sights? Esp. antique shops and that big 'ol mansion that is supposedly nearby? THANKS IN ADVANCE! Also, welcome!

carpetblogger (#306)

The newsletter is at the top of your to-do list, right?

katherine (#10,025)

Asheville! North Carolina's good for something. (I live in NC. I'm allowed to say that.)

carig (#4,986)

Being in Knoxville, I wholeheartedly endorse this.

hellisen (#10,000)

CAAF is a bad-ass straight out of Appleton, yo!

And you are the long-awaited (by me,at least) bad-ass commenter #10,000! You should insist that Carrie give you a prize or some such.

So maybe we should now refer to the commenters here as "10,000 maniacs"?

Welcome! Glad you're finally here! (Even though you spell your name … that way.)

Andrew Piccone (#7,185)

A little late, but WELCOME!

mathnet (#27)


Speedy Gray (#6,451)

I spent many a'night sleeping atop Craggy Dome, stealth camping. A sleeping bag, a can of beep stew, and a bottle of tequila.Good living.

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