The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The Shortlists
The best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Beautifully, Profoundly, Naively, Contradictorily, Romantically, Kinetically, Jokily, Cockily, Fearfully, Drunkenly, Goofily, ImpudentlyRobert Christgau’s memoir.
The Abyss of BonesKazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years is a sad, remarkable fantasy story set in Arthurian England.
This Essay Was Due 25 Years AgoThe role of shame in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and the force of shame in my life.
The Perpetual Narration MachineNeil Gaiman’s collection reminds us that, for good and for ill, he’s got a lot of stories to tell.
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200The many inventors of Monopoly, and how they all got screwed over.
The American Muck The narrator of Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country is shipwrecked in the post-Skynyrd South.
The Revolution and the Conference RoomA leading modern leftist overlooks the ways the bureaucracy of private industry might actually make the world a better place.
Hall of MirrorsSarah Manguso’s diary of a diary sheds new light on the many the perils of writing about yourself.
Slate Voice: “Against YA”Listen to Dan Kois read Ruth Graham’s essay on why adults should be embarrassed to read young adult lit.
Not Just Another Ugly FaceIn Amanda Filipacchi’s novel, a beautiful woman disguises herself as repulsive and tests men in bars.
Zombies, Vampires, and PuddingsAn adorable all-ages comic about an ambitious chef in the underworld.
The Long MeowThe feline hero of this post-apocalyptic detective story just wants to track down his best friend—a dog.
The Other Tolstoy and the Book of NightSofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.