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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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. So, Kanye West performed his new album last night at Bowery Ballroom, and he said some things. Ten minutes worth of things. Namely about George Bush and Taylor Swift. (video) [via The Awl]
2. Not that we usually care about Dancing with the Stars, but we have to admit that we’re… Read More

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Why Is Indie Film Dying While Indie Music Thrives?

[Editor's note: This post was originally published February 8, 2010.] You know a situation is dire when Gawker puts away the snark and gets serious. And that’s just what they did Friday, in a guest post by film industry expert Edward Jay Epstein in which the author asks the question, “Can Indie Movies Survive?” His thorough, well-considered response, which cites everything from the huge profits major studios need to project to purchase a movie to the rapidly disappearing world of independent distribution, pretty much amounts to “no.”

Reading Epstein’s piece, it occurred to us that while indie film may be in the midst of a crisis, indie music has never been stronger or more vibrant. The number of new and exciting bands out there seems to increase exponentially every few years, bigger groups like Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend are all over the Billboard charts and vinyl sales are growing every year. So what gives? Why is indie film dying while indie music thrives? We’ve listed our best guesses after the jump. … Read More

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