“The reviews, which are usually a couple paragraphs long and always positive, are peppered with double-entendres and adjectives like “insane,” “sick” and “gut-busting.” A bar, Thrillist says, has “additional seating in the form of three church pews — persuading a girl to sit with you is only a matter of invoking a Holy Boast.” (Thrillist has had a female writer, but she left the company.)”—Content, gotta have it!
You may have noticed that I’m listed as the co-founder of Fortnighter.com in my profile. (Probably after you were impressed with my tie, but before my Las Vegas tips). Fortnighter will provide on-demand travel itineraries written by professional travel writers when we launch in a two weeks or so, depending when we get a new shipment of hamsters to power our servers. If you’d like to know when we launch, please go to the sign-up page and, er, sign up. And If you’re interested in being a contributor, contact me at alexander dot basek at gmail dot com.
And once again, thanks to the amazing Dorothy, who made me look WAY cooler than I actually am.
1) Trains are being held momentarily due to red signals. 2) The corner bakery runs out of pain au chocolat. 3) A pedestrian is walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk… 4) …and they’re not getting out of the way as you approach. 5) Red lights flashing on vending machines. 6) Dark Jumbotrons. 7)…
Despite Tim’s egotistical subtext that he’s the only person capable of fully understanding Mexico, coverage of Mexico in the American media is alarmist because what is happening there is alarming. To claim, as he does, that “this happens” in the United States is to ignore reality—and do a disservice to his readers. It is absolutely true that people are murdered every day in the United States. But how many of those victims have their bodies decorated with signs left by a transnational criminal cartel that read “So that you come for another. We will be waiting for you here?” My guess is zero, which is the same value I’d place on Tim’s hyperbole.
“Even the most zealous haven’t forgotten that something killed the dinosaurs, is what the people who are down on this fun little segment of upturn say. Terrorism, swine flu 2.0, war, a derivatives market disaster, the elimination of government-run services, President Palin, something something China, all the palladium gets mined, Google gets MySpaced—who can tell in advance? The fun thing about our modern age is that the meteor is always already about to hit the roof of the bubble, it’s just not identifiable until afterwards (hello, Nevada’s housing market!), when we’re picking up the pieces and working at Walgreen’s.”—I really wish this wasn’t my first (semi) appearance on the Awl. On the flip side, as a content guy, these folks move a lot faster than Condé. That is to say, they do work. When was the last time you saw someone working at a magazine?
“It’s mis-reading the era to think of engaging consumers as zero-sum, rather than trying to get a critical mass of people to make you part of their rotation, however long they might want to give you.”—
“I can’t stand Brian Lehrer," said a man the G.O. encountered outside, where the air was fresh, during a cigarette break, "and I hate that guy who comes after him, with the beard [Leonard Lopate]. Too erudite. But that’s just me. I’m a management consultant, and probably the only one here.”—Journalism protip: management consultants answer questions nobody asked wherever they are.