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March 21 2018 9:00 AMRising to the Sunlit SurfaceThe characters in Alan Hollinghurst’s novels have mastered the exquisite semaphore of 20th-century gay life.
March 6 2018 5:50 AMThe Ultimate Overdetermined TextTwo sex memoirs remind us that one woman’s degrading encounter can be another’s delirium of abandon.
March 2 2018 9:00 AMEndless ExileWhat would it be like to live, and work, and fall in love if your life were 15 times longer than the average human?
Feb. 15 2018 3:09 PMHow Rose McGowan Styled Herself as the Woke Preacher of #MeTooHer memoir sheds light on exactly why she’s such a complicated figure to help lead this movement.
Jan. 24 2018 9:30 AMThe Green and WhiteA novel about hip-hop, basketball, and painful whiteness in 1990s Boston.
Jan. 9 2018 5:55 AMThe Reviewer’s FallacyWhen critics aren’t critical enough.
Dec. 18 2017 11:12 AMThe 8 Best Audiobooks of 2017From the dulcet tones of Michael Sheen to the irresistible deadpan of Sherman Alexie.
Dec. 13 2017 5:50 AMLaura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017Pankaj Mishra’s urgent political analysis, Ali Smith’s blissful prose, and David Grann’s latest journo-thriller.
Dec. 7 2017 10:44 AMThese Happy Golden YearsA new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder untangles her story from the American myths her novels helped create.
Dec. 4 2017 5:45 AMDr. Strangelove Was a DocumentaryDaniel Ellsberg’s new memoir would be an urgent warning about the monumental danger of nuclear weapons—even if Trump weren’t president.
Nov. 29 2017 10:06 AMThe Poet-HistorianFederico García Lorca has often been criticized for exoticizing marginalized groups, but this translation finds new depth in his handling of race.
Nov. 27 2017 5:50 AMThe Year in Best-SellersWhat Happened to 2017? A Gentleman in Moscow, perhaps.
Nov. 14 2017 9:00 AMThe Occasional DateWhy you should read the 700-page collected diaries of British playwright Alan Bennett.
Nov. 8 2017 9:00 AMShell GameIs there anything underneath the surface of Matthew Weiner’s first novel?
Oct. 23 2017 12:15 PMOne Path for the Impersonal EssayFrancis Spufford’s curious, erudite essays are a reminder of what the form can do when it isn’t about confessing anything.
March 14 2018 2:23 PMMichelle McNamara’s Search for TruthThe true-crime writer died while hunting for a killer. Her final book is a testament to her gifts.
March 2 2018 6:16 PMThe 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of 2017, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Feb. 28 2018 12:04 PMForensic Science May Be Evolving, but the System Is BrokenThe Cadaver King and the Country Dentist offers an outrageous tale of scientific fraud. Its commentary on the court system is even more chilling.
Jan. 30 2018 9:00 AMThe First Rough Draft of HistoryAli Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is being written as we live it.
Jan. 9 2018 2:56 PMThe Michael Wolff WayFire and Fury’s shoddy journalism manages to indict both Wolff’s tactics and the whole media ecosystem around him.
Dec. 20 2017 12:46 PMCornel West’s Reckless Criticism of Ta-Nehisi CoatesWhy his broadside should feel like a crushing disappointment to any young critic who writes about race in America.
Dec. 14 2017 9:00 AMThe 19 Best Sentences of 2017Straight from the pens of Sally Rooney, Durga Chew-Bose, and James Comey, to name a few.
Dec. 12 2017 12:24 PMKaty Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017A reimagined Odyssey, Hillary Clinton’s reckoning, and fairy tales about sexual horror.
Dec. 4 2017 8:30 AMThe Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Chris Ware, Noelle Stevenson, and Eleanor Davis.
Nov. 30 2017 12:07 PMFakebookKevin Young explores bullshitters from P.T. Barnum to Donald Trump in his brilliant Bunk.
Nov. 28 2017 7:41 AMMan OnA beautiful, evocative novel explores masculinity through the life of a gay footballer in the English second division.
Nov. 22 2017 7:42 AMGourmand, à l’AméricaineAmericans in Paris like Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher are famous for educating their compatriots about quality cooking. But did they miss its raison d’être?
Nov. 8 2017 11:26 AMIs Trump Crazy?Two new books set out to assess Trump’s mental health and end up with equally terrifying but totally opposite results.
Nov. 7 2017 6:03 PMBad ImpressionAlec Baldwin’s satirical Trump memoir captures what is tiring about his Trump portrayal—and most Trump-related comedy in general.
Oct. 18 2017 7:00 PMThe Book of Dust, Volume 1Fall in love with Philip Pullman’s imagination all over again.