Friday, March 8th, 2013
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Austin Has Changed A Lot Since My Last High-Profile Appearance Here In 2012

It's awesome to be back in Austin, again. And while this certainly isn't my first appearance on a popular #SxSW panel, things do feel different this time.

When I was first invited to Austin to speak at South+Southwest, I didn't even have an iPhone. And that's not to question my role as an Early Adopter, it is just to point out that the iPhone had yet to go on the market. It was quite a long time ago! (But not so long ago that I've noticeably aged in either my interests or appearance.) Why, we didn't even have Yelp! back then. As a common joke among SxSW insiders goes, "I've [...]

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Three No-Booze Cocktail Recipes From A Bartender Wizard

As we round the corner into the final week of Drynuary, here are three nonalcoholic drink recipes from Sean McClure, who runs a consulting company called Cocktail Chemistry. While behind the bar at Craft, where McClure worked until last summer, he spruced up the beverage menu to include some terrific nonalcoholic options. As he put it to The New York Times, "All the time, people come in who are pregnant or who don’t drink, and if their dining partner is doing something like a full tasting menu with wine pairings, I don’t want them to have to suck down Coke all night." The Times singled out [...]

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Advice: A Year-End Series

To keep you company this holiday week and the next, a series of essays (long and short) on the advice (practical and im-) that people took or ignored (or contemplated) this year. It's The Year In Advice—and it kicks off in just a short while. We hope you'll enjoy. And our thanks for reading and keeping us company this weird, wonderful year.

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The Joys Of The George Saunders Style Sheet

Tenth Of December, George Saunders' first collection of stories in six years, comes out January 8, 2013—if you missed it in The New Yorker, you can read the title story here. Below is the style sheet used in-house by the book's editors and production team. In the lists of preferred spellings for words and names (Death (personified), de-elfify, doinking) and other guidelines comes a reminder of what makes Saunders so much fun to read. Remember: Hyphenate compounds made up of nouns of equal value: "elf-baby" (97).

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Liveblogging Joe Biden And Paul Ryan Debating Without Sound

Tonight! Two men enter, one man leaves as Vice President. (That would be Joe Biden. Who is the Vice President.) But now a new man wants to be a Vice President next time!

Here they settle that grudge when, at 9 p.m., Old Amtrak Joe and Paul Iron Ryan take the stage at Centre College in delightful Danville, Kentucky, for the Debate of the Vice Presidents Who Would Be Vice President. Did you know that Centre College has the highest graduation rate of any college in Kentucky, at 81%!?

Please join us in your living rooms and cafes and offices at 9 p.m. when the festivities begin. But [...]

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Please Join Our Pals in Growing Mustaches

We would venture to say a few Awl readers have a mustache or would like to grow one. If so, then November is your lucky month.

Movember (AKA NOVEMBER!) is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at Movember, men begin clean-shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine mustachery. Movember Mo Bros, with the [...]

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SPONSORED POST: Q&A with Alice Gregory, Brought to You by Art She Said

Alice Gregory came from out west and ended up here in the east a few years ago now. After college at Bard, she now lives in New York City, among all those many people. She's an advocate of intimate letter-writing in the modern world, and here explains why correspondence in all its forms is good for the soul.

The Awl: Where did you come from?

Alice Gregory: So originally, I'm from Marin County, which is basically just Bobos in Paradise. Broke hippies living in $3-million houses without foundations, soccer moms with slate showers, billionaire inventors.

The Awl: So best. And then there's [...]

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SPONSORED POST: Q&A with Tess Lynch, Brought to You by Art She Said

Tess Lynch is a writer in Los Angeles. Unlike most writers of fiction and nonfiction, she also sometimes falls into acting-reasonable, given her location. This is obviously a weird and alien situation to most writers. So we wanted to talk to her about the cross-pollination of those two creative fields. For performers, is writing different? And is acting just like writing, but with more immediate shame?

The Awl: Some people get nervous when they see that people have official-sounding things like "actress" in their bios! Why is that, and also, what does "actress" mean?

Tess Lynch: I'll have to defer to my stage [...]

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SPONSORED POST: Fly With Virgin America

Virgin America is an award winning airline dedicated to making flying awesome. That means you can have an enjoyable flight where your comfort is first and foremost. On top of that, it won't cost you an arm and leg to get where you're going. Which makes sense, you shouldn't be forced to pay extra just to avoid an awful flying experience. All of Virgin America's flights have WiFi, live TV, seat-to-seat messaging and much more.

So what are you waiting for, get an extraordinary flight for a surprisingly ordinary price. Grab a seat.

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The Anticipation List

• Ritter, Dene, Voss: it just opened!

• And Everything Is Going Fine: Steven Soderbergh's documentary about Spalding Gray. -Dan Kois

• Paul Thek at The Whitney Museum and Justin Bond at The Kitchen. -Barry Hoggard

• The Company Men-but mostly because of "Chris Cooper, HELLO." -Doree Shafrir

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SPONSORED POST: Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' Hits Stores Today

Canadian art rockers Arcade Fire's highly-anticipated third album The Suburbs hits stores today, living up to and even exceeding impossibly high expectations. At 16-tracks with multi-part songs and strong thematics throughout, its an ambitious project that rewards multiple listens.

Building upon the work they did with breakout debut Funeral and sophomore effort Neon Bible, Arcade Fire is clearly comfortable where they are. While many bands would try to recreate what brought them their initial success, The Suburbs showcases a band constantly looking to grow and move forward. This is a band at the top of their game, and The Suburbs is already one of this year's must-have albums.

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SPONSORED POST: Equinox Fitness Clubs

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Plus, Equinox has taken the in-club experience outside of the club with their exclusive iPhone App. MYEQ – the online fitness portal – allows members to select and track favorite classes, clubs and instructors, book a studio cycling bike, purchase Personal Training packages, and even send trial memberships to friends.

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SPONSORED POST: Equinox Fitness Clubs

Equinox is committed to delivering an unparalleled member experience. They have an expansive offering including an integrated approach to fitness, inspirational group fitness classes and the best educated trainers in the industry.

Plus, Equinox has taken the in-club experience outside of the club with their exclusive iPhone App. MYEQ – the online fitness portal – allows members to select and track favorite classes, clubs and instructors, book a studio cycling bike, purchase Personal Training packages, and even send trial memberships to friends.

Experience "America's Healthiest Gym" for yourself. Click here for your 3-day Trial Membership today.

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SPONSORED POST: Chelsea On The Rocks

Abel Ferrara is back with a freewheeling homage to the landmark Chelsea Hotel. The documentary blends archival footage with an enigmatic interview style, fitting for the Bronx-born enfant terrible Ferrara. Past and current residents, including Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper and Milos Forman, wax poetic on the bohemian playground's storied history, mysterious metaphysics and deified long-time owner Stanley Bard.

Bard was forced out by the hotel's board in 2007, and the Chelsea's inglorious past was threatened with a corporate makeover. Ferrara presents a fascinating piece of non-fiction filmmaking: an affectionate, but not melancholic, portrait of pre-gentrified New York and its famous artist retreat.

Premiering today exclusively in New [...]

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On Second Thought, Phil Markoff Was Always a Big Jerk, Says Girl Who Knew Him in Ninth Grade

Today the Boston Herald tracks down "Caitlin," who was in ninth grade Spanish with Craigslist killer Phil Markoff, and discovers that he was really really mean back then, but in this totally, like, sadistic way where he acted like he was better than everyone else! Sounds kinda like all the doctors we know! We also learn that he might have picked up his gambling habit from his mother, who, as it turns out, worked in a nearby casino.

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How to Contextualize

The best part of this ABC News story about "Craigslist killer" Phil Markoff:  Gay Talese is referred to as  "an author who writes on the sex trade."

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How the Indie Have Fallen

A press release received today at Awl HQ:

An eclectic crew of models (Maryna Linchuk/Catherine McNeil/Chanel Iman), billionaires (Ron Burkle), and hip hop couple (Janet Jackson/Jermaine Dupree) joined DJ Vibe and DJ Sal Morale Friday night at Mr. West to celebrate Liz Phair's 42nd birthday!

We really hope Burkle doesn't fuck and run. Or that she lets him lick her whitechocolatespaceegg. Or … okay, we'll stop now. Because, ew.

Unpaid Photoshop internship available! Contact the editors for more information!

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Boston Medical Student Seemed Like Such a Nice Guy

The guy arrested last night for the so-called Craigslist murder of a 26-year-old masseuse in Boston is a 22-year-old medical student at Boston University named Phil Markoff, who was engaged to be married in August to a woman he met while volunteering at a hospital in upstate New York. He proposed last May on a horse and carriage ride in Connecticut. The Boston Globe also has the obligatory "but he seemed like such a nice guy" article, though one student does give this somewhat unnerving quote: "He seemed to kind of get things. . . . I kind of had him pegged as a surgeon because he [...]

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Martha Stewart's Easter Surprise

Martha Stewart's dogs.

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Heidi Montag Loves Jesus

Heidi Montag's Twitter bio: "I love Jesus."

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