Posts Tagged: Notes

Change Comes From Within Website

We are flipping the polarity here today, give or take. From now on, we—your faithful Awl servants Alex Balk and Choire Sicha—will be answering to the new editors of The Awl, Matt Buchanan and John Herrman. They will now officially be in charge, and will begin finding their way. They will make the decisions. We will take our demotion to feature writers and guest editors in stride.

Do you want to have a word with them? You can reach us all at notes @

Later today, give or take a day, you know how we are, the masthead will change. Alex's new title will likely [...]


Inside the Charming Brain Trust of the Federal Reserve

To be sure, the just-released transcripts of the Federal Reserve meetings from 2006 do not look so terrific with the benefit of hindsight. But don't just point and laugh; you should read a bit of the transcripts yourselves. What you'll see is a very sophisticated group of people assimilating enormous amounts of information. The math and deduction that would predict the events of 2007 and 2008… well, who among us was banging that drum in mid-2006? (Okay, a few people!) But even those of us with anecdotal data—I, for instance, knew something was wrong with America when a friend who was an unemployed non-citizen immediately got a rather [...]


Cliffs, In Order

15. Montgomery

14. Fiscal

13. Big Red Dog

12. Huxtable

11. Johnson

10. Claven


Notes from My iPhone That Didn't Turn Into Stories This Week

Here are my iPhone notes from this week that never saw the light of day:

• "Your 20s are about crashing parties that you weren't invited to; your 40s are about RSVPing to parties and then not showing up. This works out perfectly."

• "Make sandwiches."

• "Wallet chains are not back, and it is too fucking soon." (Noted during Tuesday night's Destroyer show at Le Poisson Rouge, which, may I point out with great rage, saw the band taking the stage at 11:45 p.m.? Jesus Christ!)

• "How does a Canadian songwriter recruit 7 band members and end up with 100% white men? You can't throw a stone [...]