The Awl

41 articles
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Vagabond Express

“We take the bus when we can’t afford to do anything but disappear.”

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Best of Luck

On realizing you’re going to die.

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Access Denied

Famous people and the media have always needed each other. It has been a long, mutually beneficial (and mutually profitable) partnership. And it’s over.

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Tales from the eBay Crypt

The rewards and pitfalls of selling haunted objects.

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The Plath Resolution

On self-improvement, New Year’s resolutions, and Sylvia Plath.

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The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders

San Francisco’s forgotten serial killer.

Elon Green is a Longform contributing editor.
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Bonfire of the Inanities

A history of the New York Times Styles section.

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The Faulkner Truthers

Is a well-received work of William Faulkner scholarship a hoax?

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It's Adventure Time

Deep inside the world of Cartoon Network’s most popular show.

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A Q&A With A Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

How do you sell a $3000 vacuum?

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Inside The Barista Class

An essay on the service economy.

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Blockbusters

From bombs to a boxer, variations on a name.