I attended my first rat class on a Sunday afternoon in January. The snow melted overnight, but by morning it had refrozen into black ice, which made the walk between the 4th Avenue-9th Street stop and the future Morbid Anatomy Museum, located in a vacant, pre-renovation nightclub in industrial Gowanus, extremely terrifying. This probably explains why most of the registered students bailed at the last minute, even after paying $185 for a dead rat, scalpel, access to a box of accessories fit for Barbie and expert instruction.
When I arrived, Katie Innamorato, the teacher, was wearing a polyester wolf jumpsuit with pointy ears, a row of white fangs, and [...]
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Pictured: New York mag columnist and movie enthusiast Will Leitch on deck, 1992.
Hey Will, thanks for taking the time to talk to me.
Sorry, I'm late. I'm on baby duty right now, but I duct-taped his mouth, so we should be okay.
I'm just kidding!
Whew! So people used to collect baseball cards, and you were one of those people. Can you tell me about your first memories of baseball, and how you got into it?
Yeah, so my dad struggled with getting me into playing baseball for a long time. And by a [...]
Not long ago, as overly observant readers will know, I flunked out of my masters program in Gay Mixmastery. This was the track for which they sent me packing. Well, people said that Erykah Badu's "Telephone" couldn't be mixed with Lady Gaga's "Telephone" with Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone." The truth was, they were wrong, but then again, so was I. I would say "Enjoy!," except that one cannot. Stream or download as you wish.
(MP3 direct download: The Awl Radio: 'Car Phone!', 11MB. And previously: The Awl's Totally Gay Dance Weekend Party Radio.)