Writing in Vonnegut’s WorldOn training wheels, fan fiction, and stories in the cave.
Six PackOlivia Laing writes about six great American writers and their complicated relationships with booze.
Our FanThe denizens of a grim future tell us a story in Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.
Disenchantment ArtistsA new series from Cahiers du Cinéma tries to unearth how movie stars like Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson create their art.
Lewis and Clark and the Buffalo-MenA new comics series about the horrible monsters of the American wilderness.
Your Being HereThe questions at the heart of the wars between fundamentalism and modernity.
The Slate Book Review Top 10 of 2013The 10 most crucial books of the year.
“Natural Hitter My Ass”The perfect swing and complicated life of Ted Williams.
Select-a-RhythmWhat do you call a machine that hangs out with musicians?
PachydermeInside a hospital where the dead talk and the doctors are as likely to seduce you as save you.
The 21 Best Lines of 2013Good jokes, bad sex, and utter confusion, from some of the year’s most enjoyable books.
A Species of ScheherazadesAn inventive comic about the human need for storytelling.
The Sweetest ReclineOn the joys of lying down.
The Long HelloOne thousand pages into a multivolume biography, Barbara Stanwyck feels as mysterious as ever.
A Reader’s Book of Days: Nov. 8Hundreds of years of literary history, day by day.
Anywhere, Nowhere, Elsewhere, EverywhereMusic takes us beyond time in Richard Powers’ Orfeo.
Endless CharlestoningThe flappers of the 1920s and the society that made them—and unmade them.
The Pleasures of Writing Pulp
The Ghosts of Kafka PresentTwo new books attempt to capture the gaunt specter of modernism—and make him talk.
Selling Speed AddictionThe last thing stressed American families need is fake new problems to solve.
“I May Look Like Her, but Inside I Am Honorable!”Flowers in the Attic, daughters, and moms.
God Blessed AmericaWhat happened when Irving Berlin pissed off Woody Guthrie.
Dan Kois’ Top 15 Books of 2013
The Tongues of RoguesHow secret languages develop in closed societies.
The Best Poetry Books of 2013Ignore the haters. It was a great year for poetry.
The High-Tech Future of Staring at Birds in the WoodsThe arms race—wings race?—in bird-watching field guides.
The Overlooked Books of 2013Slate Book Review critics suggest 19 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.
Best Books 2013: Slate Staff PicksSlate’s columnists, editors, and bloggers pick their favorite books of the year.
Jonathan Franzen’s First Novel Was TerribleBut it’s being reissued anyway.
The Men Who Eat EverythingA New Yorker writer looks at the fringes of food culture.