A housewife who became the first woman to fly around the world. The boxer who integrated Louisiana. A deep-dive into the 60-word basis for the war on terror and an exploration of whether elementary schoolers should be locked up for plotting to kill their classmates. A debauched week in the world’s largest retirement community, a weekend at a clown convention, and 36 hours on the fake campaign trail with Donald Trump. Here’s a look back at some of the great feature stories BuzzFeed News published in 2014.
A woman who confronted her abusive stepfather. A man who bought a house in Detroit for $500. A 33-year-old who suffered and survived a stroke. Reflections on love, loss, and life in these great essays.
The trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel is careful not to show glimpses of familiar characters, but it feels like a calculated throwback just the same.
Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together.
From Animal House to Caddyshack, Ghostbusters to Groundhog Day, Ramis, who died Monday at 69, helped to define modern movie comedy.
Ingenious hoaxes and unspeakable tragedies. Serial bank robbers and mysterious maladies. Also, Tracy Morgan doing stuff. Sit by the fire with this collection of big ol’ stories we were especially proud to publish this year.
To some, he’s an endlessly illuminating source of sports-business infotainment, a self-styled reporter for the social media age; to others, he is the embodiment of corporate greed and cultural ruin. How did a nebbishy theater major from Long Island transform himself into sports media’s biggest lightning rod?
What do a sci-fi comedy about an English town overrun with robots and a new album from American indie-rock heroes have in common? Only the most important question a self-absorbed generation can face: How do we grow up?
The once and future Van Halen frontman has parlayed the sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll of his youth into a wild middle age, and he wants to teach us all about it. Drinking, smoking, and swinging swords on a Saturday night at home with the last true rock star.
The prickly filmmaker once wished cancer upon the late critic after a bad review. But Ebert had the last laugh.
The new Yahoo CEO announced last week that her employees now actually have to work in the office. People are calling this an affront to working families, but…it really isn’t.
Words! Glorious, wonderful words.
Was it Half-Price Tickets For Drooling Idiots Night? Stop booing Jeremy Lin!
Celebration Rock is an argument for the vitality of rock music, even if all they’re really saying is “Hell yeah!”
HBO’s new film is, against all odds, the definitive document about the band — but on their terms.