On A Walking Tour Through the Living Wreckage of Penn Station

I disagree about Grand Central being wildly less efficient. I was a regular commuter through there for years and never felt impeded by tourists, and I greatly appreciated the stores and restaurants. The wayfinding could be better there but was pretty straightforward compared with Penn Station's. And the elegant environs are a pleasure, even an inspiration.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 4:23 am 0

On White Woman Wants Your Home

I hear you, Choire, but I don't know if this is quite the example you're looking for. The Huxtables lived in Brooklyn Heights, then as now not a particularly black neighborhood. The point was that they were distinctively African-American but also just like any other well-off family, down to living among other well-off families without regard to race.

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:20 am 0

On Emmy Rage! Best TV Actress Snubbed! Los Angeles Must Burn!

This is indeed an outrage. Maslany is beyond brilliant.

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

On Song Referenced

Rosters of the Reconstruction/Reconstruction of the Rosters.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm 1

On The Violent Femmes' "The Violent Femmes" At 30

I don't remember where and when I first heard the album, but the Femmes played a concert at my college in 1989 and were the perfect backdrop to my ongoing tormented conversations with the girl I loved who loved another guy. I was so consumed that I didn't notice at the time how on-the-nose it was.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm 0

On Michael Crichton's 'Sphere': The Power of Positive Thinking

Speaking of giving so much pleasure, the phrase "like Roman on Party Down" alone fills this piece with win.

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm 1

On Eric B. & Rakim's 'Paid In Full' At 25

@Gef the Talking Mongoose: As the Beasties and Nas explained on (tragically) the final Beasties album: "One, two, three--too many rappers and there's still not enough MCs."

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm 0

On The Beastie Boys And Dave Chappelle, "It's The New Style"

Awesome performance, love that song. Agreed, no one should click on Curl's link. I'm sorry I did.

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm 0

On Today Only: The Awl Is Auditioning New Commenters!

You know who else held commenter auditions? Hitler.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:44 am 8

On What Kind Of Stupid Jerk Fires Sue Simmons?

So wrong. Both Chuck and Sue should be allowed to die at their desk, during a live newscast. Or at least depart at a time of their choosing, like Bill Beutel.

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm 1