Buried in Bourgeois LifeRachel Cusk’s trilogy isn’t commenting wryly on upper-middle-class values. It’s embodying them.
A Guide to the Many, Many Books of Philip RothIncluding the beginning, the greats, and the late period.
The Trip of a LifetimeMichael Pollan explores what LSD and other psychedelics can do for the no longer young.
“Warmth Plus Dread”Jenny Offill interviews Joe Dunthorne about sympathetic characters, parenthood, and single-vowel nouns.
Ginned UpLeslie Jamison’s 500-page exploration of recovery gets trapped in the thin tropes of the addiction memoir.
The Idea of the Inassimilable AlienHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today.
Nell Scovell’s New Book Reveals What It’s Like to Be the Only Woman in the Writers’ RoomThe comedian who wrote for everything from The Simpsons to Letterman to Lean In has some advice, a few harsh words, and plenty of jokes.
Michelle McNamara’s Search for TruthThe true-crime writer died while hunting for a killer. Her final book is a testament to her gifts.
The 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of 2017, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Forensic Science May Be Evolving, but the System Is BrokenThe Cadaver King and the Country Dentist offers an outrageous tale of scientific fraud. Its commentary on the court system is even more chilling.
The First Rough Draft of HistoryAli Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is being written as we live it.
The Michael Wolff WayFire and Fury’s shoddy journalism manages to indict both Wolff’s tactics and the whole media ecosystem around him.
Cornel West’s Reckless Criticism of Ta-Nehisi CoatesWhy his broadside should feel like a crushing disappointment to any young critic who writes about race in America.
“Philip Roth Was His Own School of Writing”Gary Shteyngart on meeting Roth, teaching Roth, and the novelist’s “humor from the edge of the blade.”
Crimes of the PatriarchyIf we try too hard to parse the precise kind of feminism embodied by Meg Wolitzer’s new book, we risk missing its genuinely smart satire.
I Just Want to See Tiger Win AgainEveryone is eager to praise his personal redemption. But the only thing to admire is his legendary talent.
Why Factories Aren’t Tourist Attractions AnymoreFor a long time, American factories were symbols of technology and modernity. They symbolize something very different now.
Announcing the Winners of the Sixth Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best print and web comic of 2017, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Rising to the Sunlit SurfaceThe characters in Alan Hollinghurst’s novels have mastered the exquisite semaphore of 20th-century gay life.
The Ultimate Overdetermined TextTwo sex memoirs remind us that one woman’s degrading encounter can be another’s delirium of abandon.
Endless ExileWhat would it be like to live, and work, and fall in love if your life were 15 times longer than the average human?
How Rose McGowan Styled Herself as the Woke Preacher of #MeTooHer memoir sheds light on exactly why she’s such a complicated figure to help lead this movement.
The 8 Best Audiobooks of 2017From the dulcet tones of Michael Sheen to the irresistible deadpan of Sherman Alexie.