How Things Work

Nick Denton · 08/22/16 04:33PM

Gawker.com is shutting down today, Monday 22nd August, 2016, some 13 years after it began and two days before the end of my forties. It is the end of an era.

Letters From Our Exes

The Ghosts of Gawker Past · 08/22/16 03:45PM

Gawker.com will cease operations today. I asked former editors of the site to help us send it off. Thanks for reading, commenting, and tipping. Long live Gawker. —AP

How Guilty Should I Feel?

Kelly Stout · 08/22/16 03:26PM

I often feel guilt when I assign a story. This is partly a function of being a woman who would, if she had her way, please and comfort her entire universe of acquaintances, and partly a function of having been convinced at a relatively young age by the argument that Janet Malcolm famously made in The Journalist and the Murderer: “Every journalist who is not too stupid or full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”

Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight

Tom Scocca · 08/22/16 02:56PM

A lie with a billion dollars behind it is stronger than the truth. Peter Thiel has shut down Gawker.com.

What Was Gawker? 

Hamilton Nolan · 08/22/16 02:15PM

Wherever you go in this life, there is some jerk telling you what to do. Almost always. But not always.

There's Someone Else I've Got To Be

Rich Juzwiak · 08/22/16 01:59PM

Breakups have a way of robbing you of your identity, especially when you’re the one who’s being broken up with. If the union was worth joining in the first place, severing it disrupts your habits, your decision-making, your system of loving. It erases the mutations your love has engendered. You don’t even get to keep them in a jar of formaldehyde. Your best chance at preservation is art.

Mission Demolished

Choire Sicha · 08/22/16 11:30AM

A cool sunset does more for a hot publication’s glory than all the sweaty days of its actual word-pushing. As night falls—and night always falls, honey—plenty of beloveds return and gather round to tamp down the grave. Some come to tap-dance because every media graveyard has sad ghouls.

Fuck It

Hudson Hongo · 08/21/16 10:55PM

Goodnight, friends.