The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The ShortlistThe 10 graphic novels and 10 Web comics up for Slate’s second annual comics prize.
The Air Up ThereDiane Johnson’s memoir about “flyover” country seems to suffer from altitude sickness.
Erica Dawson’s Poems Read Like Wile E. Coyote Right After Running off the Cliff
Elizabeth Kolbert and Gillian BlakeThe Slate Book Review author-editor conversation.
Like, EverKatie Heaney has never had a boyfriend, but her memoir is a tribute to girlfriends.
The MasterElizabeth Spencer, at 92, is still writing essential stories of life in the South. But she’s not (only) a Southern writer.
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?
Monsters!The gleefully gruesome comics of Gustavo Duarte.
The Gospel ImpulseWhy the Staple Singers matter.
A Long Account of CalamitiesEssays by W.G. Sebald on writers, art, and the abyss.
George Eliot CountryRebecca Mead on the book that defined her life.
You’re the Boss of MeThe everyday miseries of child-centered parenting.
The TroublemakerGabriel Sherman’s biography of Roger Ailes.
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.