Choire Sicha, New York Times advice columnist

Internet funnyperson Choire "Awl" Sicha (previously) has a new gig: New York Times advice columnist; Sicha is not fucking around either: "The only circumstance in which you can ask this woman out is if she sends you a literal ink-on-paper invitation to do so, like, in calligraphy and maybe with a seal stamped in wax,…

The Awl profiled

Josh Dzieza profiles The Awl, the Internet's best. Founded in 2009 by Choire Sicha and Alex Balk, The Awl stands counter to the prevailing trends in the media industry, commenting skeptically on the conventions of the wider web while running a mix of stories that are both wide-ranging and unabashedly specific: writerly reviews of the…

Top blogger scammed many

Choire Sicha reports on Mediaite managing editor Jon Nicosia, who turns out to be a con artist, Zachary Hildreth, with form. The "confession". The fallout. On the internet, no-one know you're a dog. But if they never see you because of "black ops", well, you'd think some suspicion would kick in… [The Awl, Mediaite, Gawker]

David Rakoff, 1964-2012

David Rakoff, best known as a storyteller, author, and a regular contributor to the radio programs "This American Life" and "Fresh Air," has died of cancer. The news first appeared on the website Third Beat. Rakoff wrote beautifully about the experience of going through treatment here, in the New York Times. Choire Sicha at the…

HOWTO watch Battlestar Galactica

The rebooted Battlestar Galactica was great at first, then got bogged down as it became clear no-one involved had any idea where things were headed. Choire Sicha offers the essential viewing guide to watch from beginning to end without the crap bits. Yes, most of season 3 is gone.

TSA Pre-Check reviewed

Choire Sicha: "I GIVE TSA PRECHECK AN A+++ IN AWESOMENESS. Though I also give it a D- in 'Constitutional and Human Fairness Issues.'"

Bill Keller on Hate Crimes

Should the same crime deserve greater punishment if motivated by racial hatred or bigotry? At The New York Times, former editor Bill Keller says no, with the murder of Treyvon Martin as his entry point to the issue. He thereby instantaneously won the argument for his opponents, explains Choire Sicha. Here there is a convergence…

NYPD and Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street: "Just hit them"

"[W]hat's been pretty seriously under-covered is this past weekend's amazing outburst of out-of-control NYPD tactics on Occupy Wall Street," writes Choire Sicha at the Awl, along with a roundup of links and videos illustrating just how out-of-control those NYPD tactics are.

Worst sublets in NYC

The Awl's Choire Sicha is looking for a sublet in New York; this worst-of from Craigslist sublet listings paint a pretty awful picture for shared accommodation in the Big Apple. • "Couples/420/cigarettes/drinking totally ok, but NO PETS." • "Room DOUBLES AS A MUSIC TEACHING STUDIO from 9:30 AM – 9:00PM ON WED, THUR & FRIDAY…

"Now the Hell Will Start" by Brendan I. Koerner

Brendan I. Koerner's "Now the Hell Will Start" follows the true-life story of Herman Perry, a young black playboy from Washington, D.C., drafted into the Army and shipped to the Indo-Burmese jungles to build the Ledo Road, a Sisyphean attempt to connect Allied supply depots with China during World War II. Years of nigh-on-forced labor…

China wants sun on demand for Beijing Olympics

In Plenty magazine, this feature about the Chinese government's high-tech "weather modification" efforts for this summer's Beijing Olympics. The big idea: keep the sun shining, through all that smog. Snip: One thing worth considering when you tamper with nature is what sort of nature you're tampering with. Nature is not kind to the city of…

Cat macros hijacked by heartless homosexuals

The consistently brilliant Choire Sicha at Gawker breaks! news! that "cat macros," aka "Kittah," aka "LOLcats," aka cute clip art that people stick funny text on for the purpose of eliciting laughter and online social bonding — well, The Gays have taken over this last bastion of internet innocence, as is their dastardly wont. Link.…

Tsunami media bubble: a trickle or a flood?

Choire Sicha deconstructs wildly contradictory headlines related to the Asian disaster. "I'm all for opinionated reporting and interpretation, but this I find this actually quite disturbing and very sad, particularly when one gets a whiff of agenda in the headlines." Link

Tonight in LA: 24 hour Midnight Moviemaking madness screening

Winning films created in last year's edition of the 24 hour Moviemaking Madness competition will be screened tonight in LA. I covered the event last year for Wired Magazine, together with Gawker'sl Choire Sicha. It was probably the zaniest, most surreal 24 hours of my life. In the competition, filmmakers have exactly 24 hours to…