Top of the Lake: Feminist Masterpiece or Revenge-Fantasy Reimagined?

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When a certain detective drama became a water cooler hit earlier this year, it didn't take long before people noticed its glaring lack of three-dimensional women. The girl-in-a-bodybag trope has been around for as long as detective genre itself, but it's only recently that viewers have begun to object to the cliché. » 4/23/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Be a Phone Psychic or Get Paid to Have Brunch -- The Choice is Yours

Are you sick of catering to the capricious whims of your horrible boss? Ready to throw in the towel on your high-octane career as a newspaper reporter — a job which, according to The Wall Street Journal, replaced lumberjack as the world's worst in 2013? Or are you just finally down to the dregs of that twelve-thousand… » 4/23/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Enjoy the books and movies you put off this winter with a $150 prize

You may have spent the long, sluggish winter adding books and movies to your To-Read and To-Watch lists, but it's time to take the newfound energy that accompanies warmer weather, and start checking things off. To help you chip away at those bestseller lists and movie recommendations, we're giving you the chance to win … » 4/22/14 3:59pm Yesterday 3:59pm

Meet the Maids Who Clean Manhattan's Filthy Apartments and Messy Lives

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What really goes on in Manhattan's glass apartments? To welcome back Lifetime's primetime drama Devious Maids, Studio@Gawker sent out a reporter to ask three real-life New York City housecleaners about their jobs, their lives, and their clients. Here's the dirt she dug up. [Note: All names have been changed with the… » 4/18/14 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

20 Feet from Stardom Brings Backup Singers into the Spotlight

In this year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary, we watch Darlene Love recount the first time she heard, "He's Sure the Boy I Love," a song that she recorded after signing with Phil Spector as a solo artist, on the radio. "I'm tootling down the street and I hear the DJ on the radio and he said, 'the new song by The… » 4/17/14 12:00pm 4/17/14 12:00pm

Five No-Big-Deal Ways to Make Your Office Greener


"Going green" — we all know it's a good thing, especially in the workplace, but, ugh, it sounds hard. Does going green mean you have to drive to work in a car small enough to fit in a college dorm room? Maybe it means you'll now be powering your laptop via stationary bike (sweaty keyboard, no thanks)? Good news: it's… » 4/17/14 12:00pm 4/17/14 12:00pm

Envy Might Just Be The Inspiration You Need To Live The Dream

Picture this: your neighbor pulls his incredible new Lexus RC F (arriving Fall 2014) into his driveway. The sharp bark of the V8 stands your hair on end, and the sweeping belt line terminates into muscular shoulders that hug the wide, low-profile tires. The available carbon fiber active wing cuts through the air like a … » 4/17/14 12:00pm 4/17/14 12:00pm

Watch a Food Truck Pioneer Use Oreo Cookies to Remix Fried Chicken

Playing with your food can be fun, but what about hacking your food? Oreo thinks that's even better. That's why they've launched their Snack Hack initiative by giving Roy Choi a bag of Oreo cookies: they wanted to see how the Godfather of food trucks might remix a snack that's done pretty well on its own for the last… » 4/16/14 4:00pm 4/16/14 4:00pm

Girls to the Front! The Punk Singer and How Riot Grrrl Changes Lives

The first time I heard musician and Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna sing, "We want revolution…girl-style noooowwww," I was 16 years old, living deep in the suburbs listening to the Bikini Kill cassette a friend's younger sister had dubbed for me. The year was 1993, and the sound of that band cracked my world wide… » 4/16/14 12:00pm 4/16/14 12:00pm

From EVPs to Reiki, A Real Ghost Hunter Shares the Tricks of the Trade

Like Kevin, the hapless protagonist on Hulu's new ghost-hunting show Deadbeat, Marti Haines sees dead people. And, like Kevin, she has made it her life's work to help them communicate with their loved ones. However, Marti isn't a character on a show — she's a real live medium and ghost hunter, who works and lives in… » 4/16/14 12:00pm 4/16/14 12:00pm

Salem Witch Trials: Misogynist Fiction, Or are There Witches Among Us?

The Salem witch trials epitomize the way that intolerance, hysteria and the miscarriage of justice can be taken to deadly extremes. Though the trials can now clearly be attributed to ye olde fashioned misogyny, there's no denying that, in addition to puritanical patriarchy, some of the prevalent beliefs at the time… » 4/15/14 4:00pm 4/15/14 4:00pm