The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [2.28.15]

Pawnee, Indiana was a place of hope and absurd dreams. It was a place where meager, government officials with outsized personalities could stimulate change—no matter how small. With Leslie Knope and her eccentric band of misfits on the case (yes, even Jerry), everything seemed just a little more possible. So as we bid… » 2/28/15 11:00am Saturday 11:00am

What Is the Purpose of Black History Month? A Roundtable

In 1976, when Black History Month was officially acknowledged by the U.S. government, President Gerald Ford gave a (very brief) speech. "In celebrating Black History Month, we can take satisfaction from this recent progress in the realization of the ideals envisioned by our Founding Fathers.," Ford said. "But, even… » 2/25/15 1:05pm Wednesday 1:05pm

The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [2.21.15]

The Academy Awards air Sunday night, which means a lot of moderately talented (white) people will win awards for, basically, reciting a handful of lines that were only somewhat convincing because of special effects and a months-long editing process. Did you really think American Sniper was that good? (It was not.)… » 2/21/15 11:00am 2/21/15 11:00am

The Emperor's New Clothes: On Kanye West, Fashion Designer of Dope Shit™

Let's, for one minute, forget that Kanye West is a platinum-selling, chart-topping music artist who has released six highly regarded solo albums in the last decade (to say nothing of his recording broship with Jay Z, production work on various rap and R&B albums, and outsized influence on popular culture). I want to… » 2/16/15 5:30pm 2/16/15 5:30pm

The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [2.14.15]

There are few good journalists left. David Carr—the New York Times media columnist, veteran reporter, and author—was one of the last good journalists. I didn't know him personally (we met twice on different occasions last year; he was kind and attentive, gracious with his time) but as a writer I have followed his… » 2/14/15 11:00am 2/14/15 11:00am

The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [2.7.15]

Soda is bad for you. Sugary soft drinks like Coca-Cola, for example, have been linked to depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, and are known to accelerate aging. Last year, along with the American Beverage Association and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, several major beverage corporations decided to "promote… » 2/07/15 11:00am 2/07/15 11:00am