Fake This Marriage

As part of The Awl’s excellent “Fakes” series, Kelly Stout chronicles her life as an “ACOD” (adult child of divorce) in the wake of her parents’ 2011 acrimonious split when she was in her early 20s, and tries to make sense of the lie her parents and family are no longer living.

Source: The Awl
Published: Dec 27, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,069 words)

The Dildo of Damocles

If the new world of digitally connected sex toys has issues, it isn’t with sex. It’s with privacy, hacking and sextortion.

Author: Mark Hay
Source: The Awl
Published: Apr 24, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,236 words)

Haruki Murakami‚Äôs Metaphysics Of Food

Elaheh Nozari explores food in the work of Haruki Murakami: how food not only offers comfort and nutrition, but about how what we eat speaks to our emotional state and who we are as people.

Source: The Awl
Published: Feb 3, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,264 words)

High Spirits

When a beverage writer takes a trip to Japan to learn about sochu, she gets lost and learns more about how poor a planner she is.

Source: The Awl
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,934 words)

It’s Always Sunny in ‘Philadelphia’

How Philadelphia Magazine rose while the city’s newspapers floundered and its alt-weekly fell.

Source: The Awl
Published: Jan 21, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,528 words)

A Small Place for Fugitives

Jia Tolentino looks back at the two novels she started but never finished, and what she learned about writing.

Source: The Awl
Published: Dec 28, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,407 words)


On being in a terrible accident and trying to make sense of its narrative.

Source: The Awl
Published: Dec 29, 2015
Length: 6 minutes (1,717 words)

Access Denied

Celebrities, politicians, musicians, and corporations used to rely on large media organizations to get their message to the public. Platforms like Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter has allowed them to bypass this, changing the media landscape.

Source: The Awl
Published: Dec 3, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,644 words)

Tomorrow’s Internet Turns 20

Revisiting the predictions of an American Online exec in 1995.

Source: The Awl
Published: Oct 29, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,303 words)

The Shoes Under the Art World

Why does the Art World still treat women like second-class citizens? The author draws on her experiences as a female painter coming of age in the ’60s to paint a stark portrait of industry sexism.

Author: Pat Lipsky
Source: The Awl
Published: Oct 12, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3,261 words)