Photo: Bayreuth2009/Wikimedia Commons Germans head to the polls in TWO DAYS, you guys, which means the Fatherland’s quadrennial “vote fight” is finally, mercifully drawing to a close. However, what ev...

There’s little more satisfying than eavesdropping on a conversation between two people speaking a language who think that nobody around them can understand—and being able to understand them. It’s espe...

Lot 1: O, Tannenbaum Images © Alexander Historical Auctions  ’Tis the season for tinsel and garlands and swastikas. You don’t mind, do you? It’s history! Heritage! Don’t be a snowflake. Just in the jo...

Your story in today’s Awl, “Meow Meow,” is both an inscrutable feline narrative and, I think, a kind of commentary on how humans have to place themselves at the center of the action in every tale. Whe...

Today, the Awl short story “Meow Meow” took over the internet, with everyone discussing author Mu or Yan’s cringingly relatable depiction of human-centrism, and praising its revealing exploration of h...

Image: optische_taeuschung via Flickr “I’m terrible at shopping for gifts. What should I do?” —Giving Gary The holidays aren’t really about getting and giving great gifts. At least I hope not. Because...

★★★★ The snow, clean white in the sun, still crisply traced balcony rails and building tops. A lilac haze prettified New Jersey. Someone had built a decently orthodox three-ball snowman on the middle ...

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★★★ A crunching and sloshing sound filled the schoolyard as little feet made their way over wet and broken ice. A stroller skidded through it without its wheels turning. The wonderment was gone, save ...

New York City, December 17, 2017
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★★ Broad, subtle shades of white and blue rippled in the clouded morning sky. A thin orange line traced the horizon behind the New Jersey hills. The snow blanket on the rooftop across the way was thin...

Yaka Mein
未分类 / 2017年12月28日

By justgrimes – Flickr: Yakamein (aka old sober), CC BY-SA 2.0, Link Twice a week, most months, for the past three years, I’ve decamped around lunch time in convenience marts and pop-ups and din...

Oh, Your Poor Boobs
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I know all the latest research says there are only four basic human emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. But I would argue that the sight of my tiny, sagging breasts elicits a ...

When Robots Write Our Emails
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Image via Pixabay Crystal is refusing to take my calls, preferring the anonymous screen that email provides. And why would they, when the premise of their whole service is to provide a foolproof way t...

New York City, December 18, 2017
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★★★ The sunrise made no difference. Around the edges of the schoolyard, there was still some exhausted snow. The thaw had been just enough to make it necessary to think about which coats to use. The r...