“I Never Personally Said That I Created the Death Grunt”The joy of black metal.
Five Hollywood Directors Went to War
The Zen of CleanBeing a Clean Person isn’t exciting, silly, or fun. But it is satisfying.
Freedom Is Good, DudeJonathan Livingston Seagull and the rise of simpleton wisdom.
Plato’s ReturnRebecca Newberger Goldstein resurrects the Greek philosopher in an audacious, brainy book.
What You Learn When You Take Amy Chua Seriously
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.
“This Is the End of Memoirs for Me”Susanna Kaysen and the material of a writer’s life.
Prepare to Become the Last of the Human RaceShirley Jackson’s funny, eerie thriller The Sundial.
The StorytellersWalter Kirn gets taken in by a con man.
The Long Journey of Patrick Leigh FermorEighty years after he walked across Europe, the great travel writer’s final volume is published.
After the PoisoningAn unconsoling novel of four Chinese teens and the incident that changes their lives.
My Favorite Memoirist… is an ordinary, middle-class Quebecer who draws comics.
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