From Tapestries to Texting Bubbles
Matthew Battles’ Palimpsest is a “history of the written word” that misunderstands exactly how our relationship to the written word has changed.
Eat or Be EatenAlexandra Kleeman’s debut may be our best novel about the weirdness of being female in a culture that is obsessed with women’s bodies.
Petty Brutality Karolina Waclawiak’s The Invaders explores the small cruelties that bored, wealthy people inflict on each other.
American BeautiesTwo books tell the story of the evolution of the American fashion model, from Ford to Versailles.
Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates’s new book is a monumental work about being black in America that every American urgently needs to read.
The Cartoonist Other Cartoonists Can’t Wait to ReadThe fourth issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats is just as great as the first three.
Serious Bill-Paying SkillageErnest Cline’s Armada is everything wrong with gaming culture wrapped up in one soon-to-be–best-selling novel.
A Forest in Which to Grow FanciesThe first volume of B. Catling’s epic fantastical trilogy isn’t about a forest, or Africa, or monsters, exactly.
In the Tower of the DragonNaomi Novik’s engrossing fantasy Uprooted expertly mixes Katniss Everdeen and Jane Eyre.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Get Out of This Boat!The entertaining and erudite Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy takes readers down the river of modern thought.
Failure to Compare At first glance, poets Claudia Emerson and Philip Metres have nothing to say to each other. Maybe that’s the point.
Fitzgerald the ProA lost short story reminds us that even at the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald could craft a tale.
The Unusual Mind of Clarice LispectorThe Brazilian writer’s Complete Stories reveals she was a genius on the level of Nabokov.
Ghost Story from a Haunted ConscienceHarper Lee’s complicated new novel wrestles with race and loses.
Ask Not For Whom the Goat BleatsIt bleats for Stavros Stavros Mavrakis in Annie Liontas’ sly debut Let Me Explain You.
That Peculiar Almost AffirmativeColm Tóibín’s glorious, maddening, uneven book about Elizabeth Bishop.
The Unexpected Lightness of Milan Kundera’s New NovelThe 86-year-old author has grown surprisingly—and delightfully—cheerful.
The Fame MonsterCatie Disabato’s The Ghost Network perfectly nails the relationship between pop culture and American youth.
Slate Voice: “ ‘And People?’ ”Listen to Gabe Roth read aloud about the picture book that taught his 3-year-old about death.