Take Me to Sanborns: Swiss Enchiladas and Race in Mexico City.
One afternoon early in their stay, [Jack] Johnson and Etta – who was white – walked into the famous Sanborns cafe in Mexico City's historic center for lunch. But before they could even place their order, owner Walter Sanborn refused to serve Johnson on racial lines. Johnson went and found a few of the generals he had met and told them what happened. They returned to Sanborns together and all sat down at the counter. They ordered ice cream. Everybody was served except for Johnson.
Ninety-two years ago, a 34-year-old Chicago man named Joseph Wozniak woke up missing one of his balls, which had been surgically removed by hoodlums.
As the Lawrence Journal-World had the story, he was on his way home from the bar when "four men leaped on him, put a bag over his head, and loaded him into an automobile." They then drugged him and stole one of his testicles, presumably "for an experiment in gland transplantation, perhaps for the purpose of rejuvenating some infirm or aged man." This is how the front page of the paper looked on Oct. 14, 1922. (SL: GAWKER EMPIRE)
As Gawker has done for a couple years now, they sent letters to all the U.S. death row inmates who have execution dates in the upcoming year. Texas inmate Ray Jasper, who is set to be executed later this month, responded with an incredible letter
on his thoughts about the US justice system, race, Christianity, and society as a whole.
"Over time, it has become clear that anti-negativity is a worldview of its own, a particular mode of thinking and argument, no matter how evasively or vapidly it chooses to express itself. For a guiding principle of 21st century literary criticism, BuzzFeed's Fitzgerald turned to the moral and intellectual teachings of Walt Disney, in the movie Bambi: 'If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.'"
A Rob Ford video has been found by Toronto cops.
Toronto police chief Bill Blair says the video cannot be released or described, and will be placed before the courts because some unnamed person will be charged with extortion. While he never mentions the word "crack", he does say that the video is congruent with what has been described in the media and does not appear to have been doctored. [more inside]
is writing some of the most innovative pieces about race and life in America right now.
Previously discussed here
when his essay How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance
was published on Gawker and took the world by storm. He has two books out this summer, his debut novel Long Division
and an essay collection also entitled How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
, which includes a correspondence between Laymon and four other authors, including Mychal Denzel Smith
of The Nation. Long Division has received some very positive press
although the establishment literary outlets have not (yet) weighed in, unsurprisingly. [more inside]
Up until last week, "One Direction Infection," a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader we'll call Claire, looked like any other 14-year-old's Tumblr. But over the weekend Claire's subject matter took a sharp turn. In place of candid shots of Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, there are now photos of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; instead of inspirational image macros, there are annotated crime scene photos.
Gawker's Max Read on where social media fandoms meet conspiracy theories.
"Despite her pedigree, success came slowly," the story bravely ventured. This slowness was maybe not so apparent to several thousand other 24-year-olds who want to be actresses, but who haven't even figured out how to get to a reading for Law & Order to fail at it. Tom Scocca on Nathaniel Rich, Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, and cultural nepotism.
(Related: How David Carr Became the Daddy of Girls
Obama, DC Press Corps Locked In Mutual Loathing Pact
. Mike Allen, of Politico
, in his article Obama, The Puppet Master
, said that Obama " has shut down interviews with many of the White House reporters who know the most and ask the toughest questions." John Cook (Gawker
) replies: I will now tweet every question Politico's Mike Allen asked President George W. Bush during a May 2008 interview"
) [more inside]
"Jenni Greenwald, please commit suicide." In 1986, John Cook and some fellow eighth grade boys wrote an underground newspaper filled with bullying and racism, targeting other students and teachers in their school. He reflects on this, getting in touch with both his co-authors and victims, in Confessions of a Teenage Word Bully
For the past few years, Topless Robot
has run a column called Fan Fiction Friday
(NSFW text, criticising the worst of the worst in fan-fiction
(probably NSFW), crack-fiction, vile fan-fic and bad grammar in a style similar to MST3K.
Several weeks ago Topless Robot founder Rob Bricken
made the leap to Gawker Media's science-fiction-and-science website io9, and announced to the surprise of many that FFF would continue
in (NSFW) io9 editor Annalee Newitz announced that FFF would be cancelled
claiming "it's not going to work on io9". [more inside]
Taking the seen-it route
: Sara Morrison talks about the rise and influence of television show recapping; recapping's advantages for writers; and the origins and evolution of Television Without Pity (<--- time suck warning: TVTropes link!)
Includes lots of links and a handy chart of recappers
. [more inside]
This summer, Gawker began soliciting and publishing a weekly series of first person essays submitted by their readers: "True Stories
." They include ten stories (to date) from struggling, unemployed Americans: Hello from the Underclass
. (Those who dislike Gawker's interface can find direct links to individual essays within.) [more inside]
In yet another attempt to bring order and usefulness to the comments section of a high traffic news site, Gawker has implemented a new comment system
. They are borrowing the basic concept from Slashdot that most comments will never be seen, and thus the focus is to find the interesting conversations that do occur under the article, and promote them with no regard for chronological order . The system shows some promise, although it clearly has a ways to go as a recent article failed to highlight replies in the comments from the subject of the article.
Also of note, the photo of Nick Denton used in the article is by MeFi's own mathowie
Gawker: We want to elevate the discourse about frogs who sit like humans
. No matter how you personally feel about the sites, you've got to admit that the Gawker network is big. So far in April 2012, the eight sites have attracted 1 million comments on 7,500 posts from 130,000 active commenters. But with comments described by Gawker's editor A.J. Daulerio
as 'a tar pit of hell', they've decided to try to reinvent their commenting system again, including a system to allow commenters to sign in with temporary, anonymous, throwaway 'Burner' accounts. [more inside]
Gawker has posted i inaugural column of "The Fox Mole"—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel
"I work at Fox News Channel.
The final straw for me came last year. Oddly, it wasn't anything on TV that turned me rogue, though plenty of things on our air had pushed me in that direction over the years. But what finally broke me was a story on The Fox Nation. If you're not a frequenter of Fox Nation (and if you're reading Gawker, it's a pretty safe bet you're not) I can describe it for you — it's like an unholy mashup of the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post and a Klan meeting
. Word around the office is that the site was actually the brainchild of Bill O'Reilly's chief stalker (and Gawker pal) Jesse Watters."
It's time for a trip down the memory hole of the Internet. Investigative journalism still lives online, as Gawker
penetrates the mystery behind the man who was Goatse
(Surprisingly safe-for-work, though please heed the warnings in the actual article itself.)
the previously discussed
horse_ebooks twitter spambot/oracle creator has been tracked down
Long Shot Magazine is putting together another issue in 48 hours.
After the composition and release of their first two
issues, Long Shot
—a collection of fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry, and other art—is preparing for a third issue following a resolved conflict with NBC
over their former name: 48 Hours
. [more inside]
Gawker's John Cook yesterday published an exclusive report
on a trove of documents from the Nixon Presidential Library
tracing the development of Fox News to a 1970 internal memo annotated by then-consultant Roger Ailes
. Part of a 318-page cache of similar documents
, the memo -- "A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News"
-- called for the creation of a strongly pro-Nixon news outlet operated from the White House which would disseminate partisan news packages free of charge to local affiliates across the country. By coordinating release of these targeted reports with allied politicians and duping opponents into hostile interviews, Ailes hoped to bypass the "prejudices of network news" -- a desire which led him to advocate for some unexpected political policies at the time, from campaign finance reform to anti-poverty efforts. The report comes as Fox is waging an aggressive two-front PR war with perceived ideological enemies -- calling on viewers to file IRS complaints against Media Matters' tax-exempt status
for their dogged fact-checking
of the network, while on-air hosts launched a campaign to label Jon Stewart "racist"
after he called out their record of falsehoods
following a critical interview with Chris Wallace
She adored New York City. She idolized it all out of proportion. Sure, she paid $700 for a 90-square-foot microstudio
, but New York was her town, and it always would be (via
After more than 30 years at the New York Times, Frank Rich is departing the newspaper to write a column for New York magazine and its website. Rich has had a Sunday column for 17 years, which followed 14 years as a theater reviewer. [...]
The changes come as the NYT prepares a major overhaul of the Week in Review section. Rich’s weekly 1,500-word column (previously most columns were around 800 words) was part of an expanded Op-Ed page that the Times introduced in the Week in Review section in 2005.
Since then, the proliferation and acceleration of commentary on the web has called into question the role of a weekly opinion section. It’s also called into question the state of most weekly magazines, but for a variety of reasons—including its web sensibilities, New York magazine has been able to withstand those pressures (even Gawker’s Nick Denton has praised the publication).
may have been the big news, but there were numerous other data breaches in 2010. [more inside]
An anonymous hacking outfit called "Gnosis" has infiltrated Gawker Media
, hijacking the front page
and leaking the company's internal chat logs, source code, and content databases along with the usernames, email addresses, and passwords of over 1.3 million users
(including Gawker staff). The attack, which was motivated by what the group describes as the "outright arrogance"
with which the company's bloggers taunted anonymous imageboard 4chan (semi-previously)
, affects every site in the Gawker network, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Deadspin, Jalopnik, and io9. While most of the leaked passwords are encrypted, more than 200,000 of the simpler ones in the torrent file have been cracked, and the links between account names and email addresses are in plaintext for all to see. Since the integrity of Gawker's encryption methods remains in doubt
, it is recommended that anyone who has ever registered an account on any Gawker property change their passwords immediately, especially if the same log-in information is used for other services.
With it's new redesign
Gawker, and it's affiliates
, will be moving away from being blogs. They want to be like Television
Eustace Tilley lifts up his monocle to peer curiously
at Nick Denton and the Gawker Media empire.
A candid late-night email exchange between an online journalist and Steve Jobs (who may or may not have realized he was in fact talking to a journalist).
(SLGawker, though the perplexed are welcome to Google the obscure Mr. Jobs for more information.) Learn whether Jobs thinks a 20-year-old Bob Dylan would've thought Apple was groovy, how Apple is protecting you from porn, and more!
Five imaginary movies about your favorite childhood games
. In reaction to Ridley Scott's Monopoly
and Peter Berg's Battleship
(each a real-life film in development), io9 posits about the as-yet-imaginary movies-to-come, once the "board game movie" craze takes off, of Darren Aronofsky's Pac-Man
, J.J. Abrams' Candy Land
, Werner Herzog's Tic-Tac-Toe
, Paul Verhoeven's Snakes and Ladders
, and Joss Whedon's POGs
. [more inside]
Vadim Ponorovsky, owner of New York restaurant Paradou
, wants his customers emails for his newsletter. When the waitstaff failed to collect them he fired off a nasty email
to motivate them.
Somebody sent it Gawker.
Ponorovsky explains what he was thinking to Grubstreet
and Black Book Magazine
The Waiter over at Waiter Rant weighs in
On Tuesday, Gawker media was taken offline
by a German ddos
attack. Today, three of the 'net's largest social media sites: Twitter, Facebook and Livejournal, are experiencing similar outages
. Twitter now reports
they are under a denial-of-service attack.
Prince Marcus Von Anhalt
(painting with nudity, nudity in picture galleries), also on MySpace
(autoloads his very own gangster rap song), might have you believe that he is of royal blood
. Wikipedia would disagree
, revealing that he bought his royal title from ZsaZsa Gabor's
husband. Incidentally, he owns over 20 brothels, a chain of exotic dancing establishments, and wrecks cars
. To ice the cake, he has been dubbed the worlds richest asshole
by Jared Paul Stern
(Other pages on this blog contain partial nudity.)
A Psychologist Analyzes the Increasing Pervasiveness of Snark.
From the Psychology Today
blog site comes this article about snark, Gawker, and David Denby
's definitions of "snark" versus "Satire." [more inside]