The Abyss of BonesKazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years is a sad, remarkable fantasy story set in Arthurian England.
This Essay Was Due 25 Years AgoThe role of shame in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and the force of shame in my life.
The Perpetual Narration MachineNeil Gaiman’s collection reminds us that, for good and for ill, he’s got a lot of stories to tell.
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200The many inventors of Monopoly, and how they all got screwed over.
The American Muck The narrator of Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country is shipwrecked in the post-Skynyrd South.
No, the Internet Is Not Killing CultureIt’s always been hard to make a living in the arts. It still is.
Hall of MirrorsSarah Manguso’s diary of a diary sheds new light on the many the perils of writing about yourself.
Slate Voice: “Against YA”Listen to Dan Kois read Ruth Graham’s essay on why adults should be embarrassed to read young adult lit.
Not Just Another Ugly FaceIn Amanda Filipacchi’s novel, a beautiful woman disguises herself as repulsive and tests men in bars.
Zombies, Vampires, and PuddingsAn adorable all-ages comic about an ambitious chef in the underworld.
The Long MeowThe feline hero of this post-apocalyptic detective story just wants to track down his best friend—a dog.
The Other Tolstoy and the Book of NightSofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.
The Giant Inanity MachineMark Leibovich’s profiles lay bare a national political process that systematically dehumanizes all its participants.
My Love Language Is Silent CondescensionCould I learn anything about my marriage from a cheesy, best-selling, vaguely evangelical self-help franchise?