The Half-MaskA history of beards explores the way they hide, or extol, the masculinity of the gentleman who wears one.
The Audio Book Club Invokes Fates and FuriesSlate critics debate Lauren Groff’s ambitious new novel.
The Best Audiobooks of 2015The perfect combinations of voice and story to accompany a short walk or a long commute.
The First Parenting Book That Truly Understands MeIt’s Emily Flake’s sharp and funny cartoon guide to modern child-rearing. Heh … rearing.
Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2015The year publishing discovered that discovery is still a task at which humans excel.
The 23 Best Lines of 2015Great metaphors, terrible sex, and talking dogs in some of the most memorable sentences of the year.
When He Was CruelElvis Costello’s memoir is most potent when it wrestles with the sins of the past—and his relationship with his bandleader father.
Beautiful and Surprising Maps of the Worlds Within BooksAndrew DeGraff’s remarkable “literary atlas” Plotted.
Oh, the HumanityA mind-bending, award-winning science fiction trilogy that expertly investigates the way we live now.
King Michael of Times SquareThe glorious, entertaining, phony, doomed reign of Broadway reporter Michael Riedel.
Maternal InstinctsMary Gaitskill’s novel uses the story of a young girl and a horse to ask: Does motherhood make you a “normal” woman?
Founding Father FailsSarah Vowell on embracing the inconsistencies and personal shortcomings of great men.
Bill O’Reilly Makes a KillingStriding into my office, I gazed at the Fox News host’s wildly successful series of historical thrillers.
Katy Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2015A year in which marginalized voices spoke powerfully to the mainstream, and perished voices rose from the dead.
The 10 Best Comics of 2015Slate Book Review critics on the cartoon stories that moved and surprised them the most.
The Overlooked Books of 2015Slate Book Review critics recommend 27 books you’d probably love if only you knew about them.
A Conversation With Philip PullmanThe Golden Compass author on loneliness, Romanticism, the meaning of the “young adult” label, and why we all want daemons.
Truth or Beauty—Pick OneThe harder Carl Phillips’ poems look for beauty, the further they go from home.
You May Say I’m a DreamerJohn Lennon visits his tiny, private Irish island in Kevin Barry’s riotous Beatlebone.