May 15 2017 7:00 AMVoice in the WildernessIt’s hard to be the voice of a generation when your generation doesn’t need you anymore.
April 27 2017 1:12 PMGranta Made Us Obsessed With “Best Young Novelist” ListsBut what can such a list really tell readers about the heartbeat of American fiction?
April 20 2017 9:30 AMSpectacle and ImpostorThese essays about female ambition spotlight society’s tortured relationship to women who want to achieve—and our own tortured relationship to ourselves.
April 13 2017 9:30 AMThe Dismemberment of EuropeA new book aims to sound the alarm over the fate of the EU and the “dark age” to come.
April 11 2017 7:31 AMFantastical MapsRichard Florida is back with another theory about how to fix American cities. It’s a pipe dream—and even he knows it.
April 10 2017 9:00 AMToo Fervent, Too Forceful, Too MuchAriel Levy’s memoir about her miscarriage is shot through with a dark undercurrent of self-blame that just might terrify female readers.
March 21 2017 6:21 PM“He Couldn’t Conceive of a Life Without Being the Editor of the NYRBIan Buruma on the genius of Bob Silvers, the Review’s cultural influence, and the art of wrangling writerly egos.
March 20 2017 9:06 AMOur Disheveled WorldElif Batuman sets out to write a novel as chaotic, random, and intoxicating as real life.
March 14 2017 10:31 AMCapturing “Take” for the DictionaryA Merriam-Webster editor’s knock-down, drag-out battle to define a deceptively small, innocent word.
March 9 2017 7:41 AMThe Horror of SadnessJohn Darnielle’s new novel is like an extended X-Files episode that turns into a moving meditation on loss.
March 7 2017 5:12 PMThe Urgency of Writing Fiction in the Trump EraTwo novelists discuss writing dystopian tales for Slate’s Trump Story Project.
March 6 2017 9:04 AMFaceless MassesMohsin Hamid’s new novel is a missed opportunity to make refugee characters seem vivid, human, and real.
Feb. 24 2017 1:40 PMGlamorous WoundsCat Marnell and Alana Massey both mine their darkest, messiest selves in first-person writing. But their styles couldn’t be more different.
Feb. 17 2017 11:54 AMThe Raw Nerve of PainA conversation with Daphne Merkin about grappling with severe depression.
Feb. 15 2017 4:49 PMThe Misunderstood Ghost of James BaldwinHow critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.
May 4 2017 7:19 AMRead the First Six Pages of the New Issue of the Award-Winning Comic Pope HatsGeorge Saunders loves Pope Hats. You will too.
April 24 2017 12:52 PMShe Was Right All AlongPaula Hawkins tries to create a formula in her follow-up to The Girl on the Train.
April 14 2017 5:20 PMThe Anti-PolemicistDurga Chew-Bose’s dense, meticulous writing on identity politics feels like a corrective for our current political moment.
April 12 2017 9:00 AMYabba Dabba DepressingA bleak, brilliant comic book reboot of The Flintstones.
April 10 2017 12:05 PMAnnouncing the Winners of the Fifth Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best web and print cartoonists of the year win $1,000 each.
March 23 2017 2:23 PMReading 1984, the Breakout Novel of 2017What George Orwell taught the Culture Gabfest about “alternative facts.”
March 20 2017 9:30 AMIn Search of Lost TimeThe hipsters at the center of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears invent an ancient black bluesman—but is he real after all?
March 17 2017 11:33 AMThe Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
March 14 2017 7:15 AMThe ShowgirlThe life and work of the magnificent, uncontainable Angela Carter.
March 8 2017 7:45 AMThe Work Love Has to DoRebecca Solnit’s radiant descriptions of today’s feminism could sound laughably oblivious. Instead, they feel like a ray of hope in the dark.
March 7 2017 9:45 AMBig Little TruthsDon’t call Liane Moriarty’s novels fluffy—not when their characters feel so real.
March 6 2017 7:00 AMThe Senate Torture Report in Graphic-Novel FormAn adaptation.
Feb. 20 2017 9:04 AMA Novelist in SeasonAli Smith’s new quartet starts with Autumn and is set right … about … now.
Feb. 16 2017 9:03 AM“A Great German Joke Is to Say the Meanest and Most Tragic Thing Possible”A conversation with Rebecca Schuman about German humor, Kafka, and her new book Schadenfreude: A Love Story.
Feb. 12 2017 8:04 PMBenevolent ImperialismRobert D. Kaplan attempts to explain American greatness via a road trip across America.