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Gawker Will Undergo “Relaunch” on Monday; Nick Denton Says Ta-Nehisi Coates Would Be His Ideal Editor

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According to Adweek, after a now-infamous (and now-nonexistant) article about the sex life of Condé Nast’s CFO led to a cataclysmic week for Gawker’s infrastructure (long half-apologies from Nick Denton! the resignation of Max Read and Tommy Craggs!  labyrinthine posts about said resignations! revisitations of ongoing drama in the comment thread! etc!), Gawker will undergo a “relaunch” on Monday. (They’ll also physically be moving their offices). 
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Ernest Hemingway’s Hottest Takes on Today’s News

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Happy birthday, Papa Hemingway! Many outlets are celebrating the famously concise and manly writer with tributes to his bon mots, but we thought we’d do something a little more appropriate for the 24/7 online news cycle — so we asked the beloved author to weigh in on a few of the most thinkpiece-worthy headlines of the moment. He obliged, being conveniently long dead, and therefore in the public domain.
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The Particular Horror of Hearing Creepy Stories About Famous Men Who Should Know Better

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Between Gawker publishing rumors that beloved comedian Louis C.K. has a tendency to expose himself (and I don’t mean emotionally) to women in the comedy world and today’s BuzzFeed piece alleging that a well-known TV character actor most recently seen on Mad Men acted inappropriately in the publication’s offices, it’s been a banner week for learning that a few male celebrities whose work addresses sexist and downright creepy behavior… may also practice that behavior.
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‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ Is a Protest Film… If You Want It to Be

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Two days ago, Ghoncheh Ghavami was released on bail from prison in Tehran after five months of incarceration, when health complications arose due to a hunger strike. Her crime: having attended a male volleyball game. In October, four Iranian women had acid thrown in their faces for not being properly veiled. Also in October, Reyhaneh Jabbari, who had allegedly stabbed a man in self-defense while he sexually assaulted her, was executed by hanging. In Iran, death by stoning, albeit very rare, is still a permissible punishment for adultery. Yet in Iran, over 60 percent of university students are women. More than 70 percent of engineering and science majors are women. Oh, but also, in 2012, 36 universities in Iran banned women from 77 courses. In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “We will not accept the culture of sexual discrimination.” A few days later, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that gender equality was “one of the biggest mistakes of the Western thought.”
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Yes, Those Pictures of Renée Zellweger Are Disturbing. But Why?

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This morning, a series of photos surfaced, showing Renée Zellweger looking dramatically different—a bit like a stranger, a bit Sarah Jessica Parker or Robin Wright, and still a bit like herself, but only if one looks hard. “It’s always nice to meet new people, even if they’re old friends,” was Gawker’s only comment, and then the internet exploded with thoughts, horror and even anger at the star.
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Longform You Have to Read: Scary Viruses and Super Freak-Outs

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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 by just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading.

This week: disease is in the air. After reading Eula Biss’ On Immunity: An Inoculation, and opening the newspaper to read that the first confirmed case of Ebola is in the U.S., it feels like the right time to explore some necessary journalism about how humans deal with pandemics, disease, and vaccinations.
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Longform You Have to Read: Race in America

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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.
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