“Excuse me? My sign-on sheet has a mistake on it.”
It is not yet 8 a.m. and I’m blinking desperately at the stranger holding my passport in one hand and a leashed, drug-sniffing dog in the other.
“My date of birth is wrong?” I continue. “It says I’m 45. And also that I’m a man from Tampa.”
Taking his blank stare as an invitation to keep talking, I explain, “It’s just, I’m 25 and from Chicago. And also not a man.”
He takes the sheet, annoyed, and makes a series of illegible scribbles: “Just sign it. Welcome aboard.”
It is from these humble beginnings that I, Carley Moseley, née a [...]
"I could be a reverse racist if I wanted to. All I'd need would be a time machine, and what I'd do is get in my time machine and go back in time to before Europe colonized the world and I'd convince the leaders of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America to invade and occupy Europe, steal their land and resources… In that time I'd make sure I'd set up systems that privileged black and brown people at every conceivable social, political and economic opportunity…"
From Chicago actress Rebecca Loeser, a short monologue: "Girlfriends do uncreative Facebook statuses, whereas my Facebook statuses are robust. And bizarre. What if the identity changes don't stop there?" Girl, we feel you.
Edith Zimmerman: Adam! You run Splitsider, which is also in the Awl network, and you're doing a cool thing where you're launching your own distribution label (!), Splitsider Presents. Your first output is a movie called The Exquisite Corpse Project, which is available on your site as of today. First things first: Please rank all the Awl sites in order???
Adam Frucci: That's a pretty mean first question, Edith, since you're asking me to actively insult my friends and co-workers. So instead I'm going to list them alphabetically, since you didn't specify by what rubric I'm supposed to order them: The Awl, The Billfold, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The Wirecutter. [...]