The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [1/24/15]

There's a lot to read and watch on the internet. In just sixty seconds, 278,000 tweets are sent, 347 posts are published on Wordpress, and 72 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube. And it's only getting worse (like really, really bad). So, in the spirit of oversharing (click, click, click!), here are five… » 1/24/15 11:00am Saturday 11:00am

How Do We View Black Men in Society? Issa Rae's New Web Show Asks

Issa Rae, the wunderkind web TV producer behind "Awkward Black Girl" and founder of Color Creative, debuted a new web series that plays on the conventional, typically shallow, fears people often have about black men: that they are all savage, rap-loving, violent subhumans. The show, titled "The Legend of Human Black… » 1/21/15 4:47pm Wednesday 4:47pm

Among the finalists nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, poet Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric was selected in two different categories (poetry and criticism), and becomes the first book to do so since the awards were first announced in 1976. Citizen is that good. » 1/20/15 9:56am Tuesday 9:56am

The Long, Wondrous Interview with Junot Díaz You Have to Read

In a new interview with Paradoxa, Pulitzer-winning author Junot Diaz speaks at length with Taryne Jade Taylor about the allure of genre fiction, colonialism disguised as sci-fi, writing, and immigrating to the U.S. at an early age (he refers to it as "a profound fracture of my reality, a temporal and spatial… » 1/14/15 3:05pm 1/14/15 3:05pm

The Most Anticipated (and Likely Best) Books of 2015: A Guide

We went looking for the best books to read this year and a wonderful thing happened: we discovered they were all written by remarkably talented women. A particular chorus of men will publish some decent books, but women, by far, will own 2015. Below, 10 books to fall in love with before year's end. » 1/09/15 11:25am 1/09/15 11:25am

NYPD Harassment Stories: The Unending Abuse of Power by Officers

Last month, in a dispatch for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, "The police are representatives of a state that derives its powers from the people." The gravity of Coates's words are not lost on me, and I have considered the sentence's trueness many times in the preceding weeks. "We, the people," our founding… » 1/07/15 1:52pm 1/07/15 1:52pm