Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
10

How To Cook For Between 10 And 250 People After A Disaster And/Or Over The Holiday

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, volunteers have spontaneously organized to help the many, many people whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the storm. Many displaced or electricity-lacking NYC residents are still in need of hot meals. Occupy Sandy has been coordinating deliveries and making some food at their hubs in Brooklyn, but a lot of the food they're distributing is coming from various kitchens in churches and schools and even homes, and some of those volunteers are also finding ways to deliver the food themselves. (Here's what's happening and where to help for Thanksgiving.)

This outpouring of community support gives me a schizoid blend of alternately [...]

---
28

Four Hours in the Totebag Capital of the World

If you have anything to do with the book industry, you are probably nauseated by the mere mention of that industry's annual tradeshow, which started on Monday and wraps up today.  But not everyone is some sort of book fanatic—some people just read books and are innocent about the disgusting process that brings them into being, like little children who don't know that babies are generated via fucking. I know this because in the comments on every blog post or news story about book publishing ever, there's that person who asks "But if an author's book doesn't earn out its advance, does he have to give the money back?"

To [...]

---
4

"Gossip": A Music Video Playlist by Emily Gould

Starting today on Awl Music: "Gossip," a playlist by Emily Gould, that'll be unrolled throughout the week. (You can follow along on Tumblr and Twitter too for when new videos go up, if you like.)

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about," said Oscar Wilde, who never had the opportunity to Twitter-search himself. Gossip is an enduring theme of pop music: being talked about, whispering behind someone's back, admonishing listeners not to believe the rumors, feeling apologetic about having let slip something you shouldn't have ("sweetness, I was only joking"), or feeling peeved because someone else did ("you had to [...]

---
OM
9

Yoga, Like Anything, Can Be Bad or Good

I've actively avoided reading a lot of the recent news articles and blog posts about the spate of controversies, both trumped-up and real, that have lately befallen the yoga industry. By actively I mean: people send me links to these and I refuse to read them. This is part of a self-awareness practice rooted in Sutra 2.16, which is usually translated along these lines: "The suffering which is yet to come may be avoided." Of all 196 this is probably the Sutra I think about most often. Are you getting the sense yet that, when it comes to yoga, I'm not exactly an unbiased outside observer?

---
---
9

Cat Cat Cat CAAAAT

"A new law is threatening to cut short the purrs of delight, which don't just come from the pets each night." A new curfew law threatens Tokyo cat cafes. We'll stay on this important news story as it develops!!!

---
21

Expect A Load of Crap, Basically

"No longer just a book, "What To Expect" is a full-fledged cottage industry, with a series of offshoot guides, from What To Expect: The First Year and What To Expect: The Toddler Years to the head-scratching What To Expect Before You're Expecting. (Just, like, in general.) There are also "What To Expect" picture books for children, including What To Expect at Preschool and the must-read What To Expect When You Use the Potty. (I won't give it away.)" —Allison Benedikt describes what to expect from the fearmongering, hugely popular series of guides to being scared of your body. This review will make you LOL, except if you're pregnant don't laugh too hard because YOU [...]

---
49

How To Share Your Good News With Friends

Getting into a PhD program, getting a prestigious residency, getting a book deal, getting married, getting a raise — these things happen. (YAY! GOOD JOB!) But so often, it seems, they happen to people who have no idea how to judge who's an appropriate audience for their understandable joy. The Internet has made it harder to figure out how and with whom to share, we've heard. But one thing even otherwise clever people with otherwise good judgment seem not to have figured out is how not to be obnoxious when their lil' cups overfloweth. So let's talk about it, and figure out handy rules that will help eliminate the [...]

---
20

Fictional Characters I Would Like To Cast In A Reality Show

(possibly set in a hair salon) 1. Adriana La Cerva 2. Lily Bart 3. "God" (lol) 4. Kitty Pryde 5. Emma Frost 6. Maeby Fünke 7. Ozma of Oz 8. The protagonists of Pulling 9. Jem

---
9

Where Were You When You First Heard 'Strict Machine'?

"I think 2003 ranks among the very best years for popular music, and is almost certainly the best year for music of the past decade." —Don't believe Awl pal Matthew Perpetua? Consider that while it was the "Ignition (Remix)" of times, it was also the "The Laws Have Changed" of times. It was the "He War" of times. It was the "We Used To Be Friends" of times. It was the "Milkshake" of times. Relive it all here.

---
7

(e_e)

"The main question on my mind is, will it be any good? I’m not getting my hopes up." —Some space-filling Slate person peers into the future and predicts why J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults will not be good, based on what she feels was weak about the Harry Potter books. Oh GOD. Really? Let's just all agree on this one thing: unless you can back up your predictions with ACTUAL ASTROLOGY I am really not interested in reading reviews of books that don't yet exist.

---
39

Fictional Drugs In Order Of How Useful They Would Be To Me Right Now

14. Sex Packets 13. Glint 12. DMZ 11. Vitameatavegamin 10. Comanapracil 9. Gleemonex

---
26

Living La VIDA Loca (Sorry)

Yesterday VIDA, an organization devoting to promoting women in the literary arts, released its annual slideshow of pie charts representing the proportion of female to male publication in literary journals and book reviews, including The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's, the LRB, the NYRB, the New Yorker, the Paris Review and the Nation. It was not remotely news to anyone that far more men than women write for these publications. Reactions were varied, and ranged from knee-jerk to profound. Some men piously proclaimed that their publications needed to do better; some women found the idea that women need affirmative action to succeed "offensive." Some people interpreted this data [...]

---
27

Celebrate Leap Day With Kevin Kline's Magnificent Chest Hair

So everyone grew up watching the 1983 film of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Pirates of Penzance repeatedly, and had their budding brains shaped by it, and gets its songs stuck in their heads on a scarily regular basis, right? Thought so! If not, it is on YouTube in its entirety and Leap Day is a major plot point (something something, the protagonist must do something by age 20, but he was born on Leap Day so he's actually only five, see above). It stars Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt in addition to Kevin Kline at the peak of his ridiculous oddball hotness. Seriously, give me 1983 Kevin Kline [...]

---
2

Tweet On Yo Face Enables You To Do Just That

This adorable hack takes people's tweets and puts them onto their pics, so they look cuter when you post them on your Tumblr.

---
5

Not Uplifting

Chris Arnade's Flickr gallery about the the stories of people living with addiction in the South Bronx is amazing. If you're feeling too happy with yourself or humanity, also, it's a great corrective.

---
4

Judging Books

A collection of improbable yet real book titles, including The City and The City by China Mieville: "the title makes it sound like Sex and the City minus the sex parts: 'Why is it that every time you meet a guy in New York…you meet him?'” (This also seems like an okay place to note that a book called Becoming China's Bitch is in Amazon's top 10 right now.)

---
2

Russian Cat May Know Sign Language

I can't tell whether this cat actually knows sign language or not, probably have to watch this a few more times.

---
2

Secret Passageways

You saw these homes with secrets, right? Hidden doors and even rooms! Don't they remind you of a recurring dream you've had for years? I know, ha ha, "those dreams are about a secret extra vagina" or something but actually I think living in New York for ten years makes the subconscious way literal in terms of real estate.

---
85

Sympathy For Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is in my estimation America's best living novelist (OKAY?) and a substantial number of people get upset whenever he writes or says basically anything.  It's interesting to ask why! In part it's because his ideas about novels and what people respond to in them are provocative and controversial, and sometimes, as in his recent essay about Edith Wharton, he projects his own responses onto "us" in a way that can be irritating, if we disagree with him.  Our opinion about his writing is also affected by of how rich he is and his gender and what he looks like, and that's very hard to talk about.  But [...]

---
9

Here Are Five Random People I Follow On Twitter

When people ask me what I do for a living, I am going to just start saying "I look at Twitter" because honestly that is what I spend 90% of my "writing" workdays doing.  Here are some of the strangers who make this lifestyle so rewarding.

These little peeks into cookbook author and Food 52 editor Amanda Hesser's life are always delightful, and occasionally also instructive.

---