Choire Sicha and Alex Balk (no word on whether or not he’ll be joined by his cock) have launched The Awl. From the about page: “What if there were a website that zippily surveyed a wealth of resonant, weird, important, frightening, amusing bits of news and ideas? And what if it weren’t totally clogged with reality show linkbait?”
It has a decidely Gawker feel to it, back when that site wasn’t an illiterate parody of itself. There’s already contributions from Emily Gould and several of the commenters are recognizable.
After Alex, Choire and Emily left Nick Denton’s universe, I can honestly say I pretty much stopped visiting the neighborhood. It’ll be nice to have them all back in one place.