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.
The $5-a-Night Film SchoolPatton Oswalt tells the story of his obsessive cinephilia—and declares his readiness to direct.
Dan Kois’ Favorite Books of 2014Fifteen great novels, comics, and collections from Slate’s books editor.
Whose Life?The Paris Wife, Freud’s Mistress, Vanessa and Her Sister: Biography battles fan fiction for the right to a writer’s story.
The Light and the DarknessA brutal and beautiful second novel about a slave rebellion in 1801 Jamaica.
The Overlooked Books of 2014Slate Book Review critics suggest 27 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.
The Fabric of Our LivesThe brutal history of cotton debunks many of the most popular myths about capitalism.
The 22 Best Lines of 2014Good music, bad lovin’, and great writing from some of 2014’s most enjoyable books.
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?
The Museum of Second NovelsArtifacts of sophomore books from the authors on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
A Girl, a Gold Farmer, and a GameIn Real Life is a clever and humane new comic about the video-game world.
Born ActorsA theater troupe tours the South American countryside in the third book on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
The Yearning of ArtistsA poet’s second novel about learning to live, write, and love in a bygone New York.