The Great Masterpiece of Human CivilizationIt’s the internet, argues Virginia Heffernan in Magic and Loss.
Introducing My ÁntoniaOur next selection for a Year of Great Books is an aching portrait of unrequited longing and the untamed West.
Decoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
Win a Copy of My ÁntoniaPenguin Classics is helping Slate Plus members celebrate the next selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books.
Rules for Dating My DaughterA cartoonist wrestles with the tough questions of modern parenting in a collection of clever graphic essays.
About Jane EyreEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.
Save the Allegory!An entire literary tradition is being forgotten because writers use the term allegory to mean, like, whatever they want.
“I Want to Read Everything”The characters in Helen Oyeyemi’s short stories are as infatuated with narrative as we are.
Stories for the Square GirlsBeverly Cleary’s unjustly forgotten teen novels tell simple stories of first love.
“I Was Thinking About Blackness in America”Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel, Homegoing; the writer as public figure; and getting blurbed by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Beware the Medical Beach ReadIt won’t give you nuanced science. But books of depth can—and Gluten Exposed is one of them.
Growing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
How Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s BackyardDickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.
Is “Grit” Really the Key to Success?A new book says you need passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or an old one dressed up to be the latest self-help sensation?
How to Run a Used BookstoreRead how one independent bookseller keeps business booming in the age of Amazon in this Working podcast transcript.
On Being RapedCould one man’s harrowing story encourage more male victims of sexual assault to come forward?
Accountants of S.H.I.E.L.D.A clever new novel imagines the life of the administrative staff that helps a superhero organization run smoothly.
Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best web and print cartoonists of the year win $1,000 each.