the awl

making a living cutting hair, before and after sandy

This article was originally published on The Billfold. The reigning dining mindset in New York City right now is “eat out, tip double” in hopes of helping the hourly restaurant workers who lost wages because of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating after-effects. I’d like to propose an amendment: “Eat out, tip double, get a damn haircut.” Stacey has styled […] Read more…

bachelorette’s leslye headland: ‘you’re just not gonna be okay’

Writer and director Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette is a female ensemble comedy that culminates in a wedding, but Headland doesn’t want it confused with Bridesmaids or any of the other recent pack of funny-lady flicks. In fact, she’d rather not be thought of as a female writer at all. “When I first started getting read and I started having [meetings] and Bachelorette made The […] Read more…

recent vanity purchases, considered

Haircut, $80 for a cut and style, including tip Getting my hair cut for the first time in five months was what I like to refer to as a Carrie Prejean moment: I AM DOING THIS. I felt flush from getting a few freelance checks, bold from staring down a girl I dislike in the street and, well, […] Read more…

the queen of ‘the queen of versailles’

Ten kitchens. A bowling alley. A health spa. A full-sized baseball field. A separate wing for the children. Something that could logically be referred to as “a grand staircase.” My house doesn’t have any of these things, does yours? Jackie Siegel’s, on the other hand, will. Or at least, that’s what she and her husband, […] Read more…

aubrey plaza gets a promotion

There’s a reason Aubrey Plaza keeps getting cast as interns — as eyerolling Pawnee Parks Department lackey April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and as the defeatist, toilet-scrubbing Seattle Magazine intern in the upcoming Safety Not Guaranteed, and in real life as well, in NBC’s famed page program. According toSafety director Colin Trevorrow, the 27-year-old actress is an everygirl, a face […] Read more…

talking ‘safety not guaranteed’ with director colin trevorrow

“Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” So read a classified ad placed in survivalist periodical Backwoods Home Magazineback in 1997. The notice launched a mocking Internet […] Read more…

girl talk with lena dunham

It may feel like “Girls” has been on the air for months already, but the series actually doesn’t premiere on HBO until April 15th. Its creator, writer and star is Lena Dunham, about whom, if you’re reading this, you probably already have an opinion—although it’s difficult to come up with an opinion or observation about […] Read more…