Hey, Penelope Green wrote a great article for yesterday's Times here, registration required.
Now the phrase Craig Is My Decorator suggests a crime against nature, but she captures a lot about the site very well in a way I've never been able to articulate:
Since the Web site is a marketplace on the ancient model – chaotic, unruly and vividly human (you can find a lunchtime tryst as easily as a couch) – every transaction, Ms. Cullerton said, came with a yarn.
Before long she found herself on a listening tour of New Yorkers on the cusp of a life change. If eBay is merely a feast for gluttons, a groaning table of stuff, craigslist is "an atlas for life," she said. Unlike transactions on eBay, those on craigslist usually require face-to-face encounters, so each of her purchases (she spent less than $4,000) yielded a moment – or more – with someone eager to share the back story. The larger the object, the more dramatic the tale.
It was one woman's furniture sale, listed online as "My Boyfriend Is a Lying Cheat," that originally lured Ms. Cullerton into her nocturnal hunts.
Just to be clear, we're very aware that we just provide infrastructure, the people who use our site make this happen.
thanks both to Penelope and Brenda!