The Best Things We Read in 2014

Many things were published in 2014—things we liked; things we hated; things we didn't understand. And since it's that time of year where we shame you for reading all the wrong things, we've collected our favorite books, essays, short stories, lists, and blog posts. We've also included selections from years past that,… » 12/15/14 2:55pm Monday 2:55pm

In August, we began collecting stories from New Yorkers who were subject to harassment by the NYPD. With the recent decision not to indict Officer Dan Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, Gawker remains committed to exposing the NYPD's notorious history of abuse. Email me at with your story. » 12/15/14 2:30pm Monday 2:30pm

A Vintage James Baldwin Interview for Modern Times 

James Baldwin was a writer of unsparing conviction. His essays published during the 1950s and 60s, as America confronted its cruel legacy of racial inequality, manifested like small forces of nature. There was an unmistakable clarity in his work—and not just in his authorial voice, but in his moral obligation to truth… » 12/09/14 11:55am 12/09/14 11:55am

Chris Rock, America's Real Black President, Keeps Telling the Truth

Funnyman and former pretend president Chris Rock has some not-so-funny truths he would like to share with you. In a series of recent interviews with New York, Grantland, The New Yorker, and The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran comedian opens up about navigating Hollywood as a black man, Ferguson, the fallacy of race… » 12/03/14 3:55pm 12/03/14 3:55pm

Toni Morrison Already Wrote the Best Book of 2015

Toni Morrison doesn't need to write another book. She's published 1o celebrated fiction titles and won nearly every award there is to win as an author (a Nobel, Pulitzer Prize, and Presidential Medal of Freedom are among her honors). But, no matter! Toni Morrison is pulling a Toni Morrison—again. The distinguished… » 12/02/14 11:46am 12/02/14 11:46am

What President Obama Is Reading This Holiday Season

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, President Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, stopped by Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore based in the nation's capital. The First Family purchased 17 books in total—ranging from Jacqueline Woodson's brave memoir in verse Brown Girl Dreaming to Katherine Rundell's… » 12/01/14 5:56pm 12/01/14 5:56pm