Nick Denton, the publisher and founder of Gawker Media, was approaching a group of his wedding guests who were smoking on a terrace of the American Museum of Natural History. Those familiar with the stern side of Mr. Denton, who was married at the museum on May 31 to Derrence Washington, might have thought they would be reprimanded. Instead he grinned and said: "We're gathering everyone for a group photo. We have a guy up there."
The piece is highly recommended, though certain intriguing threads are left hanging. Fortunately for the interested reader (poor you), we're here to provide a somewhat fuller accounting. To wit:
- The passage from Dune read during the ceremony was the Bene Gesserit litany:
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
- The "wildly unprintable language" Derrence used to tell Nick "that there was no one quite like him" came from this song.
- The blown-up photographs of a young Nick Denton that Nick's father used as props during his speech are now prominently displayed in the Gawker Media offices: