“Natural Hitter My Ass”The perfect swing and complicated life of Ted Williams.
Select-a-RhythmWhat do you call a machine that hangs out with musicians?
PachydermeInside a hospital where the dead talk and the doctors are as likely to seduce you as save you.
The 21 Best Lines of 2013Good jokes, bad sex, and utter confusion, from some of the year’s most enjoyable books.
A Species of ScheherazadesAn inventive comic about the human need for storytelling.
The Sweetest ReclineOn the joys of lying down.
The Long HelloOne thousand pages into a multivolume biography, Barbara Stanwyck feels as mysterious as ever.
A Reader’s Book of Days: Nov. 8Hundreds of years of literary history, day by day.
The Dinner PartyWhen Julia Child, James Beard, and M.F.K. Fisher ate together and created the future of American food.
A Reader’s Book of Days: Nov. 7Hundreds of years of literary history, day by day.
Mi Gosh and By-heckDeborah Solomon’s life of Norman Rockwell, whose art looked back to an America that never was.
… Is It Something I Said?The genius and emptiness of Richard Pryor.
The Man in Black in Living ColorThe most insightful and entertaining Johnny Cash biography to date.
The IntellectualSusan Sontag’s 1978 Rolling Stone interview in all its brilliant, self-assured, ridiculous glory.
Something’ll Happen!There were a million times the Beatles’ rush to stardom could’ve derailed. Tune In tells the story of how it didn’t.
God Blessed AmericaWhat happened when Irving Berlin pissed off Woody Guthrie.
Dan Kois’ Top 15 Books of 2013
The Tongues of RoguesHow secret languages develop in closed societies.
The Best Poetry Books of 2013Ignore the haters. It was a great year for poetry.
The High-Tech Future of Staring at Birds in the WoodsThe arms race—wings race?—in bird-watching field guides.
The Overlooked Books of 2013Slate Book Review critics suggest 19 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.
Best Books 2013: Slate Staff PicksSlate’s columnists, editors, and bloggers pick their favorite books of the year.
Jonathan Franzen’s First Novel Was TerribleBut it’s being reissued anyway.
The Men Who Eat EverythingA New Yorker writer looks at the fringes of food culture.
“Like Most Other Humans, I Am Hungry”M.F.K. Fisher’s The Gastronomical Me, 70 years later.
The Prayers of Flannery O’Connor The deeply Catholic writer and the “insidious hands Oh Lord which grope into the darkness of my soul.”
A Reader’s Book of Days: Nov. 6Hundreds of years of literary history, day by day.
A 40-Year-Old Tape, a Talking Squirrel, and a MysteryGreg Ruth’s fantastic young readers’ adventure The Lost Boy.
J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst, and Joshua KendallThe Slate Book Review author-editor conversation.
A Reader’s Book of Days: Nov. 5Hundreds of years of literary history, day by day.