The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [3.28.15]

Are we being who we think we should be or who we think other people want us to be? Hyun Kim, meditating on the matter of habits, posed that question two weeks ago. But maybe it's less a question of who we think we should be and who we think other people want us to be, and instead a question of who we are. So, who are… » 3/28/15 1:41pm Today 1:41pm

Times Six: Affirming a Pluralistic Vision of Blackness

I read Akiba Solomon for the first time in the early 2000s when she was a senior editor at The Source magazine. While Akiba's penchant for crafting sentences was on par with some of the greatest scribes of that era, it was her ability to structure features, interviews, and investigative pieces that made the… » 3/28/15 12:25pm Today 12:25pm

I Interrupted Anime Twitter Cybersex Roleplay as Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer

Some people role play to escape the dreariness of their day-to-day lives. Some people role play to bring back childhood memories. Some people role play to explore fantastical worlds of their own creation. I role play because I want to know the answer to the question "What if powerful and intimidating Bar Rescue host… » 3/28/15 12:05pm Today 12:05pm

Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Concealed Possible Eye Problems

Citing unnamed officials with knowledge of the investigation, The New York Times reports that the man believed to have intentionally crashed a Germanwings plane earlier this week sought medical treatment for vision problems. » 3/28/15 11:45am Today 11:45am

Clinton Lawyer: Hillary Erased All Emails from Private Server

Asked to turn over emails hosted on Hillary Clinton's private server for independent review, lawyer David Kendall told the House Benghazi committee the task was impossible because the relevant data had been permanently deleted, The New York Times reports. » 3/28/15 10:45am Today 10:45am

Reports: Germanwings Captain Tried to Smash Into Locked Cockpit With Ax

The captain of Germanwings Flight 9525 used an ax in a desperate last-minute attempt to break into the doomed plane's locked cockpit, according to a report in German newspaper Bild and French TV station Métropole 6. » 3/27/15 6:35pm Yesterday 6:35pm

1988 Mom and Dad Bust 1988 Teen Party

Hiding at the bottom of Dave Holmes's (very entertaining) write-up of the March 23, 1988 pop charts is a link to an incredible document. It is titled "B-Rock Party." It is a home video, shot the night of June 28, 1988, of a party attended by some exquisitely 1988 suburban teenagers. At 1:36, a set of parents arrive… » 3/27/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Ellen Pao Loses on Every Count in Blockbuster Gender Discrimination Suit

Ellen Pao, the former Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers junior partner who sued the high-powered Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination after she was allegedly sexually harassed, targeted for revenge by a former lover, and passed over for a promotion, lost on each the suit's four counts Friday. » 3/27/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction Overturned by Italy's Highest Court

More than a year after she was found guilty of murdering her roommate, Amanda Knox's conviction was overturned by Italy's highest court. The former exchange student was convicted twice of killing Meredith Kercher; first in 2009 and, following a dismissal on appeals, in January 2014. » 3/27/15 5:50pm Yesterday 5:50pm

A Train From 1836 Could Be Buried In Brooklyn Because Of Petty Politics

A beautifully preserved 1830s steam train is thought to be lurking under a busy thoroughfare in one of the posher parts of Brooklyn. But in 1861, it was sealed up, seemingly for eternity. Everything was set to excavate it just a few years back, until petty personal politics seem to have destroyed any chance of that. » 3/27/15 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

ISIS Didn't Invade Star Wars Set, Remains Committed to Earth Wars Only

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that the Islamic State had taken over the real-life version of Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine. This is not accurate. ISIS fighters have not torn down the Mos Eisley Cantina and are not currently stomping through the historic streets where a young Jedi's destiny was… » 3/27/15 5:17pm Yesterday 5:17pm

AccuWeather Slams the NWS for Missing a Tornado AccuWeather Didn't Cover

The National Weather Service failed to issue a tornado warning in Moore, Oklahoma, when a preliminary EF-1 tornado made a mess of the town for the sixth time in as many years on Wednesday. AccuWeather wasted no time blasting the agency for its failure while trumpeting their own success in warning clients twelve… » 3/27/15 5:07pm Yesterday 5:07pm

500 Days of Kristin, Day 61: Almond Butter Cookie Plotline REVEALED

Almost 9 weeks ago, former Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari commenced miserable toil on her debut book, which she has chosen to call Balancing on Heels. At the time, she stated the tome would encompass "really just everything in my life." Today, we can finally reveal the first confirmed part of "everything." » 3/27/15 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm

Times Six: Affirming a Pluralistic Vision of Blackness

I read Akiba Solomon for the first time in the early 2000s when she was a senior editor at The Source magazine. While Akiba's penchant for crafting sentences was on par with some of the greatest scribes of that era, it was her ability to structure features, interviews, and investigative pieces that made the… » 3/28/15 12:25pm Today 12:25pm