Monday, July 25th, 2011

Please Welcome….

The Awl is pleased to announce the hiring of John Shankman as publisher of The Awl, The Hairpin and Splitsider.

Shankman will begin next week. He is departing his position as account director at the Huffington Post. Prior, from 2007 to early 2010, he was a regional sales manager at Federated Media.

He can be reached at

David Cho, our founding publisher, has departed to be the director of business development for ESPN's Grantland, and will be an advisor to the company.

The Awl launched in late April of 2009. When the New York Times wrote about The Awl last October, we reported that we'd grown from just 100,000 unique visitors in August of 2009 to 500,000 in August of 2010. In the second quarter of this year, Awl Network total traffic has ranged from 3 million to 3.5 million uniques a month. (Google Analytics numbers throughout.)

In other news, we are seeking permanent office space in Manhattan—approximately seven or eight desks. Do you have a little office space to rent? Give us a shout regarding that or with any other questions.

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Miles Klee (#3,657)

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saythatscool (#101)

@Miles Klee I'm frustrated, annoyed and fed up with you, Miles.

Matt (#26)

@saythatscool Could help but think of Wallace

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saythatscool (#101)

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thank you!

Art Yucko (#1,321)

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NinetyNine (#98)

The Awl has become terribly unstable.

I’m not paid by The Awl to noise comment this blog, I can’t continue to spend time trying to scotch tape it together.

When The Awl gets their shit together, I will comment again regularly but I don’t have time to babysit and correct posts that I shouldn’t need to correct.

In the meantime, follow me at (Oslo liveblog) and on my Twitter.

Sorry folks, I hope to be back here again soon.

Don Is (#10,212)

@Choire Sicha Can you put a "too insidery" explanatory link on every comment Matt makes? Ever? I feel I'm missing out on so much.

Matt (#26)

@Don Is It's *a* way.

NinetyNine (#98)

(For Don who find that too insidery, he refers:

@NinetyNine I kind of love you even when I'm mad at you.

Don Is (#10,212)

@NinetyNine Perfect! See? All I need is for someone to hold my hand and my Awl experience will improve tenfold. It's like The Awl: Teacher's Edition.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@Don Is Now someone tell me how to italicize words.

roboloki (#1,724)

@whizzard *backchannel me

deepomega (#1,720)

@whizzard: Press the italicize button on your keyboard.

saythatscool (#101)

@whizzard When you're holding the pencil, cock your hand at a 45 degree angle on the page.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@saythatscool you cock your hand.

osmium (#7,705)

@Miles Klee Just trying to get here after everyone.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

That trick never works.

sunnyciegos (#551)

Well bless your hearts. Our Awl is growing up! Best wishes to all. Grantland features the amazing Katie Baker too, so I think I have to wander over there a bit.

…and so it was that the wall of intransigence began to weaken. Years later, they would look back and realize that on this day, their fateful course was set, and that soon enough there would be a MUTHERFUCKING AWL ON THE MUTHERFUCKING HOMEPAGE!

Welcome, John.

Bittersweet (#765)

@Krugmanic Depressive: …and a newsletter.

saythatscool (#101)

He looks so happy and eager. Balk should knock that right out of him after the 3rd Manhattan.

MattP (#475)

@saythatscool I can't wait to see what Balk knocks out of him the first time he wears shorts to the office.

Welcome John! Your first order of business should be to make Choire write that e-mail newsletter again!

Cotter Martin (#17,011)

He looks like the guy from Parks & Rec.

saythatscool (#101)

@Cotter Martin Amy Poehler?

David Cho (#3)

He looks like Peter Sarsgaard!

Cotter Martin (#17,011)

@saythatscool No, that other dude.The one with the thing.

saythatscool (#101)

@David Cho I never cried so hard as the day I heard that #3 left us.

@saythatscool They will need to retire the number.

deepomega (#1,720)

@kitten_witawip: Hang a pair of retired sneakers from the rafters of the office.

David Cho (#3)

I mean, I'm still here. :/

saythatscool (#101)

@David Cho Stop talking. We're mourning your untimely death.

jolie (#16)


Smitros (#5,315)


#56 (#56)

Frankly Mr. Shankman

BadUncle (#153)

This really seems like an appropriate time to demand cocktails from the publishing overlord.

jfruh (#713)

I would like to point out that one of the related links in the "Around the Web" column is "surprising 6-figure jobs," which means we now know what the publisher of the Awl makes.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

@jfruh And a "Related Stories" story is "When To Do Sex", so, I guess…

prrtyfood (#8,285)

don't change a thing!!!

barnhouse (#1,326)

Welcome, John Shankman! Yay.

3 points:

1. I believe you mean, "seven or eight desks and a pile of sweaters," don't you?
2. Does this mean that Edith will have to go outside now?
3. Welcome, John.

(Oh, all right: 4. I'm seeing an ad for a "fully furnished office space in Midtown," right across the street from my office. Would you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be…my neighbor(s)?)

heroofthebeach (#2,280)

Hi, John Shankman. I don't post comments very often but

jaimealyse (#647)

Ooh, an office! And a new person! Excitement all around. (When the office exists, can I come do my homework there?)

Nick Douglas (#7,095)

I am a Top 12 list and what is this

hman (#53)

I am still dying for a new seating map, but I should probably go ahead and get a life.

Mark Chu Cheong (#6,137)

First off, I loved you in "Bad Education". Secondly, the Internet is better off as a whole for having you in the position of publisher of the Awl. Looking forward to seeing you do "the bernie" at my wedding.

I'm pretty sure I'm already using that email alias.

If you made it a designated "cooling center," I bet you could write a bunch of it off.

And we all know Balk was the one to make the final cut in selecting this "Shank man."

Welcome John Shankman. Did Cho leave an envelope on your desk? Do you even have desks?

hman (#53)

@NotAndersonCooper LOL

Rod T (#33)

How does this affect me, as a reader?

saythatscool (#101)

@Rod T Well for starters there's the forcible Rod T fistings every Tuesday.

Vulpes (#946)

@saythatscool No, silly, he already does those every Thursday! This nice Puerto Rican named Jorge does them, and then they go to sample sales.

BTW, Rod, could you prod Duane awake? I mean, I know you're on FYF sabbatical, but I'm missing my fix!

@Rod T, STC I accidentally upthumbed a few of you in this thread when hitting the REPLY button. Let the record show those thumbs were in regard, and belong, to John.

John, the first order of biz: bigger REPLY buttons.

@TerseNursePornstein Also, bigger keys on iPhone 5 keyboard. Thanks!

saythatscool (#101)

@TerseNursePornstein Ummm….thanks?

@saythatscool Oh c'mon, you can spare one.

Vulpes (#946)

I see how it is, replacing an Asian MAN, with another WHITE MAN! The Awl is nothing but a tool of the colonialist patriarchy! Smash the Eurocentric phallocracy!

saythatscool (#101)

Two words:
Crosstalk forum

JoshUng (#11,371)

Coming from HuffPo, eh? Well, congratulations on now getting paid for your work!

ericdeamer (#945)

I wish I had a job.

ericdeamer (#945)

@ericdeamer More to the point I wish I COULD GET a job is what I meant to say.

Welcome! Now, let's have a cocktail party in your honor. And by cocktail party I mean a bourbon party. And by a bourbon party I mean let's all just go by a handle of bourbon and drink in our empty apartments. And by that I mean I'll be off to the bar now (it's 9:30pm here, but I'm sure you weren't judging). Anyway, WELCOME!

sigerson (#179)

Does this mean no more sports stories? Damn!

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

@sigerson This is an issue. The Awl is my only source for NFL related humor.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

Yakkin' About Baseball is going to happen whether there's an allotted post for it or not (not insidery, hypothetically). Oh I'll yakk, I'll yakk all over the comments.

David Roth (#4,429)

@sigerson Um, what have you heard? Because I have a whole bunch of meat-related sports commentary lined up for the coming NFL season, and I don't want to have to take that shit to Details.

keisertroll (#1,117)

If my UFL column gets cancelled because of this I am going to cry.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Also, Awlball. Make. It. Happen.

Bittersweet (#765)

@David Roth: Wish I could give your comment about 25 more thumbs-up…

Patrick M (#404)

Ugh, now I have to move David Cho into a DIFFERENT Google+ Circle??

@Patrick M Try the circular file view!

jolie (#16)

I'm nicer in real life.

cherrispryte (#444)

@jolie I'm not.

Abe Sauer (#148)

You forgot to mention that the office space needs to be wired for the Big Board.

@Abe Sauer And they'll be consulting with Mrs. Morrissey to establish seating plans, the drawing of silver lines, and the feng shui of her junk.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Yes, but aren't at least Two Million of those hits from last quarter for that Jewish Summer Camp post that people are still commenting on?

deepomega (#1,720)

Don't. Fuck. It up.

karion (#11)

You have really nice teeth. And are rather Saarsgard-esque.

Please don't use the Huffington font. And bring Balk with you when you go on Bill Maher.

hman (#53)

"Seven or Eight Desks" would be a good name for a band.

shostakobitch (#1,692)

Get a lot of interns and pay them only with the hope of a future career. And then fuck some of them.

brent_cox (#40)

Two couches and seven or eight TV tables should do the trick.

Flashman (#418)

Isn't it usually the other way around, doesn't the Publisher hire the Editors? What if Shankman's first order of business is to clean house and fire all the editors?
Have you received assurances?

Ooh, so exciting! Welcome, John!

usernameguy (#6,640)

Three million visitors? Now I have stage fright.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

John, if you are a wealthy womanizing Republican opposed to alcoholic consumption who hates bears and loves short pants, you might want to reevaluate those aspects. Otherwise you're allllll goooooood.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Does that mean John Shankman is our new #3, like in The Prisoner?

grandpa27 (#804)

i hope this means that you will publish on the weekends.

Turboslut (#1,036)

here lies david cho
peperony and cheas

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Don't you have some kind of horrible nickname at all?

Flashman (#418)


Dear Mr. Shankman: "with great power comes great responsibility .."

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