is lowercase devoid of emotion or just exclusionary 

Yes, according to this HuffPo article about the "no grammar, no punctuation" movement evidenced in texts, tweets and ON THE INTERNET. I've always thought it communicated a breezy smugness, an already-knowingness bandied about by like-minded groups of internet friends (Twitter circles, IG favoriters, et al). When… »3/20/15 3:15pm3/20/15 3:15pm

Chipotle Cups to Publish New Writing From Saunders, Morrison, Gladwell

If you've ever thought to yourself, while eating a burrito, "Hey, I'd love to read a story by a famous author on my cup of Diet Coke," great news: Starting today, Chipotle's cups will feature original stories by Toni Morrison, George Saunders, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, and Jonathan Safran Foer. »5/15/14 9:49am5/15/14 9:49am

Why is it so hard to write a decent ending?

Endings define stories. A great ending can make everything that's come before seem retroactively great. A weak ending can ruin everything. But why do they have to be so impossible to write? And is there any trick for crafting a strong ending that doesn't involve endless misery? »1/23/14 11:18am1/23/14 11:18am

Here are 2014's books with the baddest villains

Mad scientists, gangsters, con artists, hitmen, vixens, megalomaniacs, and supernaturally evil foes — where would literature be without them? Hundreds of thousands of books will enjoy publication this year, but let's be honest: the most alluring are the ones with awesome bad guys. To save you some clicking around… »1/23/14 11:17am1/23/14 11:17am

Hilarious 8-Year-Old Writes an Epic Amazon Review

I'm kind of lukewarm on the "wacky Amazon review" school of comedy at this point—the first umpteen iterations were amusing, but after so much manufactured wackiness you start to crave some genuine wackiness, you know? That's why I can't stop reading this Amazon review of Ramona Quimby, Age 8, which appears to have… »1/06/14 5:40pm1/06/14 5:40pm

Gizmodo's Best Books of 2013

2013 was another good year for books, those dry old lumps of paper and ink, so we've rounded up the year's best in tech, science, design, architecture, urbanism, food, and more. We've also tapped our friends at Paleofuture and Edible Geography for their own lists, which appear below—and we hope to hear from all of… »12/24/13 10:42pm12/24/13 10:42pm