Longform You Have to Read: Race in America

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at writers wrestling with the topic of race in America. … Read More

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James Foley, Ferguson, Gawker, ‘NY Post': The Whiplash of Journalism at Its Best and Worst

James Foley was a 40-year-old freelance photojournalist. He was born in New Hampshire, and was a graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. In 2011, he was abducted (along with three other journalists) in Libya, while covering that country’s civil war; 44 days later, he was released. But in 2012, he was kidnapped again, and his whereabouts were unknown — until last night, when ISIS posted a YouTube video of Foley’s beheading, announced as retaliation for recent airstrikes in Iraq. And then Gawker linked to that video, a fucking monstrous but not uncharacteristic editorial decision. And then, loath to let anyone else win the race to the bottom of the sewer, the New York Post put a screen-grab from the same video (of the knife to Foley’s throat, even) on their cover. And tweeted it. (We’re not linking to either of those outlets in this piece, because fuck them.) … Read More

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Gawker Writer Receives Email: Flavorpill CEO Sascha Lewis Responds to Hamilton Nolan

Last week, on what was apparently a spectacularly slow news day, Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan took issue with an email Flavorpill CEO Sascha Lewis sent to a list of acquaintances. Here is Sascha’s response.


The point of my email was simple: what happened at Electric Zoo was terrible and we, as a community, can do better. We all have the capacity to feel joyous and full of life without having to consume loads of pills and stimulants, because better options are out there. We have the teachers and tools to access a higher state of consciousness — the better parts of ourselves — especially when dance, music, and a supportive community are part of the experience. … Read More

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How Not to Launch a Site for Women: An Open Letter to Founder, Bryan Goldberg

Yesterday founder Bryan Goldberg announced that he had received $6.5 million in funding for a new women’s site called from a variety of investors including Social+Capital Partnership, Time Warner Investments, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, and Rothenberg Ventures. The announcement was made on PandoDaily (a site I like to think of as PanderDaily, given its seeming determination to be a mouthpiece for industry rather than a news organization that covers industry), and Goldberg’s announcement/press release began with the dubious assertion — now “edited” after much criticism — that there were no major companies going after the women’s market. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The 2011 Golden Globes nominations have been announced, and Black Swan, Glee, The Social Network, and The Kids Are All Right all scored multiple nods, while The King’s Speech leads the pack with seven. View the full list here.

2. Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter — who play a brother… Read More

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15 Pickup Lines to Use on Gawker’s New Dating Service

Lonely concern trolls and single snarksters, rejoice! Gawker has just announced #gawkerdating, which may well be the world’s first hashtag-based dating service. This suggests an entire universe of sarcastic jokes about nasty comments sections, infamous bloggers, and other media wonkery. So, guess what? We’re going to make all of them. Without any further ado, we present to you 15 pickup lines to use on the new Gawker dating service. Prove you’re wittier than their commenters by adding your own. … Read More

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