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White Trash

A new window into the time-honored tradition of American politicians stoking racial and class tensions for personal gain.

June 21 2016 2:32 PMThe Virgil of NebraskaWhat Willa Cather’s style shows us about memory, and how we should think about her lesbianism.
June 10 2016 1:11 PMThe Clerk, the Construction Worker, the Mom, and the GoldfishThe unlikely superheroes of the charming all-ages comic Power Up.
June 9 2016 11:16 AMSacred RageTerry Tempest Williams on America’s national parks and the threats they face.
June 8 2016 4:34 PMRewinding Helen DeWittThe return of her remarkable novel The Last Samurai is perfect for our streaming-video moment.
June 7 2016 11:10 AMExperts in Female SadnessThe Girls explores how ordinary men—and murderous psychos—use women to achieve their goals.
June 7 2016 7:15 AMAn Interview With Lydia Millet and Jenny Offill Two close friends on bad writing habits, creative ambition, and which lines they’d steal from each other’s books.  
June 6 2016 10:03 AMThe Great Masterpiece of Human CivilizationIt’s the internet, argues Virginia Heffernan in Magic and Loss.
May 30 2016 10:33 AMThe Way We Live NowAnthony Trollope knows us, and he loves us just the same.
May 19 2016 12:20 PMIntroducing My ÁntoniaOur next selection for a Year of Great Books is an aching portrait of unrequited longing and the untamed West.
May 17 2016 1:11 PMDecoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
May 12 2016 11:27 AMWin a Copy of My ÁntoniaPenguin Classics is helping Slate Plus members celebrate the next selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books.
May 5 2016 3:51 PMWhere Is the Voice Coming From?An extraordinary metaphysical thriller from Lydia Millet.
May 5 2016 11:43 AMRules for Dating My DaughterA cartoonist wrestles with the tough questions of modern parenting in a collection of clever graphic essays.
May 4 2016 4:48 PMThe Ocean of SadnessMelissa Broder and the satisfaction of embracing the world of feeling.
May 4 2016 10:23 AMAbout Jane EyreEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.
June 13 2016 3:59 PMGrowing Up My ÁntoniaThe writer and radio host Kurt Andersen talks about reading Willa Cather under the epic prairie skies of his native Nebraska.
June 10 2016 9:04 AMSusan and StefánieSusan Faludi writes about her difficult relationship with her trans father.
June 9 2016 7:45 AMExtra OrdinaryPoets Maggie Dietz and Tess Taylor find the astonishment in everyday life.
June 8 2016 7:15 AMModern LoversEmma Straub’s new novel beautifully captures the breathless momentum of youth—and the heartbreaks of growing up.
June 7 2016 11:08 AMThe Paper Girls and the Alien InvadersA new comics series from the creator of Y: The Last Man puts tween girls at the center of the story.
June 6 2016 1:20 PMDispatches From the FrontCancer destroys life, but writing amplifies it.
June 6 2016 8:30 AM“I Was Thinking About Blackness in America”Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel, Homegoing; the writer as public figure; and getting blurbed by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
May 24 2016 9:15 AMBeware the Medical Beach ReadIt won’t give you nuanced science. But books of depth can—and Gluten Exposed is one of them.
May 18 2016 1:48 PMGrowing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
May 17 2016 1:11 PMHow Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s BackyardDickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.
May 8 2016 8:02 PMIs “Grit” Really the Key to Success?A new book says you need passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or an old one dressed up to be the latest self-help sensation?
May 5 2016 1:37 PMWhat Should We Read Next?Help us choose the next book in a Year of Great Books.
May 5 2016 10:12 AMHow to Run a Used BookstoreRead how one independent bookseller keeps business booming in the age of Amazon in this Working podcast transcript. 
May 4 2016 10:24 AMExperience Jane Eyre in a New WayA new audio performance by Thandie Newton.
May 4 2016 10:00 AMSpeak, MotherhoodHow parenting can birth great writing.

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