On How Bookstores Survive

Oh I love that place--haven't been in years, so glad to hear it's still around.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:28 am 0

On Meet The Awl

Congratulations, guys. And I primarily mean Choire and Alex, but sure, Matt Buchanan and John Herrman too. I know they wouldn't have picked you if you didn't have something great to do here.

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm 1

On How Did Pumpkin Become Beloved? Labor, Nostalgia, Refreshment And White Women

A total aside here but, can anyone tell me whether there is actual pumpkin flavoring in the PSL, or is it just that they use that almagam of spices called "pumpkin spice" that you get prepackaged at supermarkets (i.e. cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice)? And if the latter, is it actually sweet or just suggestive of sweetness?

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 11:14 am 0

On Elizabeth Fraser Is 50

For my part, I was expecting--and yet somehow still felt a thrill of surprise--to see Primitive Painters in the jump.

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm 0

On Why Are Reporters Constantly Misquoting People?

I was once involved in the publication of an interview with a popular person who was well regarded among our readers and who said something insanely stupid.

First of all, the editor on the piece moved it halfway down the piece, because a lot of substantial stuff was in the interview, and this seemed actually like a distraction, but also something it would be irresponsible to leave out entirely. It was a bad, bad flub.

But of course it was picked up everywhere over the offending line, and fans of the interview subject were quick to declare that he must have been misquoted.

To his credit, the subject said that he had indeed said these things.

This did not stop the blame-the-media chorus who continued to argue from no evidence that he must have been misquoted.

Finally we posted audio of the interview. His admirers pointed to it as proof that he had been mischaracterized due to an inappropriate comma (despite the subject admitting to the quote entirely) and I regretted posting the audio. It's a mistake I will never make again.

All that you can do is say, "We did not misquote him and we are not changing our article."

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm 0

On South Brooklyn Has Lost Its Real Estate Mind

@Max Clarke I believe Choire's using the very old term for South Brooklyn, which, for instance, my mom, who grew up in Flatbush, uses to describe everything south of Atlantic and then Flatbush, west of the park, and north of about 9th Street or so. (In other words north of her.) A legacy name from when "Brooklyn" really meant downtown.

More here, to the degree you trust Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Brooklyn

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm 0

On What Exactly Does New York City Offer Tech Startups Besides High Taxes?

@jolie re:1 ... Maybe this isn't quite the question you're asking! But the Buzzfeed logo, which is based on the typeface Gotham I think, it is an insane amalgam of camel-casing. Capital B, small cap U, Z, Z, capital F, lowercase e, e, small cap D. For my part I laugh every single time Choire does it, as I do when Tom Scocca persistently says "The Politico," though they're not quite analogous.

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm 0

On White Man Caucasian

Related: OBAMA IN LEDERHOSEN? According to NBC, it is shocking that our half-white president has an ancestor from Germany from the mid-18th century.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:45 am 1

On The Shins, "It's Only Life"

@dntsqzthchrmn Precisely why I hit play.

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm 1

On Bunch of Newspapers About to Needlessly Hit the Skids

@RJ White@twitter I think for one thing far fewer people were familiar with the regional newspapers in Michigan. For instance this morning's announcement also affects the Birmingham News and like four other Alabama newspapers, which will be grafting onto al.com, another hot mess in the nola.com style, but nobody mentions it. For another, Katrina covers that endeared a large national audience to TP.

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm 0