Granta Made Us Obsessed With “Best Young Novelist” Lists
But what can such a list really tell readers about the heartbeat of American fiction?
She Was Right All AlongPaula Hawkins tries to create a formula in her follow-up to The Girl on the Train.
The Anti-PolemicistDurga Chew-Bose’s dense, meticulous writing on identity politics feels like a corrective for our current political moment.
Announcing the Winners of the Fifth Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best web and print cartoonists of the year win $1,000 each.
Reading 1984, the Breakout Novel of 2017What George Orwell taught the Culture Gabfest about “alternative facts.”
In 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?
The Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
The 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.
“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.
Benevolent ImperialismRobert D. Kaplan attempts to explain American greatness via a road trip across America.
Spectacle and ImpostorThese essays about female ambition spotlight society’s tortured relationship to women who want to achieve—and our own tortured relationship to ourselves.
The Dismemberment of EuropeA new book aims to sound the alarm over the fate of the EU and the “dark age” to come.
Fantastical MapsRichard Florida is back with another theory about how to fix American cities. It’s a pipe dream—and even he knows it.
Too 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.
“He Couldn’t Conceive of a Life Without Being the Editor of the NYRB”Ian Buruma on the genius of Bob Silvers, the Review’s cultural influence, and the art of wrangling writerly egos.
Our Disheveled WorldElif Batuman sets out to write a novel as chaotic, random, and intoxicating as real life.
Capturing “Take” for the DictionaryA Merriam-Webster editor’s knock-down, drag-out battle to define a deceptively small, innocent word.
The Horror of SadnessJohn Darnielle’s new novel is like an extended X-Files episode that turns into a moving meditation on loss.
The Urgency of Writing Fiction in the Trump EraTwo novelists discuss writing dystopian tales for Slate’s Trump Story Project.
Faceless MassesMohsin Hamid’s new novel is a missed opportunity to make refugee characters seem vivid, human, and real.
Glamorous WoundsCat Marnell and Alana Massey both mine their darkest, messiest selves in first-person writing. But their styles couldn’t be more different.
The Misunderstood Ghost of James BaldwinHow critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.
The Abominable Mr. SeabrookThe story of one of the most fascinating, outrageous humans ever to live was lost to history. Until Joe Ollmann decided to draw it.