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FLUSHING, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Manager Bobby Valentine and catcher Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets applaude in honor of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani before the Mets game against the Atlanta Braves on September 21, 2001 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets won 3-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

What is that? Remember the awl and bobby pins.

It’s easiest to say “awl and hairpin” by describing what they are not.

They’re not where you go to lazy lists and clickbait tests – which role is the greatest actor?

Everyone on social media buzzes at that time, and you don’t get another hot topic there.

They didn’t take – hot or cold. They didn’t respond.

Time and time again, they have produced reactions from others. Without anger, it’s like being normal, but with fun. To appreciate.

You put The Awl and The Hairpin written on The bookmarks – smart, strong, height of expression, written in The book of those individuals, in particular – may be large print and online magazine as The theme of The off center. They are weird little heaven and everyday absurdity.

Many of today’s writers – so much here – on The Awl and The Hairpin got their first supporters, wrote about The McDonald’s McRib sandwich about something – about social marketing, or classic Hollywood scandal, or modern women acerbic fairy tales “, or go deep into The world of online product reviews, The famous question: “why did The west elm of sofa so much?

Not the pentagon papers, no, but that’s not the intent.

Awl and hairpin breeding ground for new writers – in the 1970 s, as the national lampoon club spy magazine in the 1980 s, the savage girl friend in the 90 s and Max’s someone in the aughts – where they can put their sound and feel a spin, open them and see what they can do. They will always find a relatively small but loyal, sympathetic and (mostly) supportive reader.

Awl was launched as a basic WordPress blog in 2009. Founders Alex Balk and Choire Sicha, along with publisher David Cho, are veterans of Gawker and Radar Online. They named the awl with a perforated tool, starting with the editor, and they tried to prick the New York media bubble, and welcome music from writers outside the five boroughs. In 2010, Edith Zimmerman joined The Hairpin, a website that focuses on women.

The “awl” and “hairpin” both adhere to the principle of writing first, but the Internet is changing. Advertising – driven online revenue has plummeted. These sites are busy making up, but the media is not friendly to independent, general interest publishers.

This may be why two of the awl’s sister websites, the wallet and Splitsider, are more focused on the world of finance and comedy, and will continue to do so now. On January 31, the “awl” and “hairpin” will be closed. It is not clear if you will be able to access nine years of content after the site is closed.

However, whether you can or not, this exaggerated summary of Awl’s organizational principles is expected to continue to inspire writers and readers in this turbulent media environment.

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