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The Abyss of Bones

Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years is a sad, remarkable fantasy story set in Arthurian England.

March 2 2015 9:30 AMTricking the WitchA newly discovered fairy tale by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth.
Feb. 25 2015 7:00 AMSlate Voice: “Against YA”Listen to Dan Kois read Ruth Graham’s essay on why adults should be embarrassed to read young adult lit.
Feb. 6 2015 11:58 AMNot Just Another Ugly FaceIn Amanda Filipacchi’s novel, a beautiful woman disguises herself as repulsive and tests men in bars.
Feb. 6 2015 9:33 AMNull and VoidA feminist filmmaker’s novel makes the case for negativity.
Feb. 4 2015 5:25 PMZombies, Vampires, and PuddingsAn adorable all-ages comic about an ambitious chef in the underworld.
Feb. 3 2015 4:41 PMThe Long MeowThe feline hero of this post-apocalyptic detective story just wants to track down his best friend—a dog. 
Feb. 2 2015 12:19 PMThe TickerA new book reminds us that the heart is still a medical mystery—and a marvel.
Feb. 1 2015 11:46 PMThe Other Tolstoy and the Book of NightSofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.
Jan. 9 2015 11:41 AMBeautiful Day!What gets lost when English becomes the lingua franca of the Internet, and the world?
Jan. 9 2015 10:45 AMOh Geez!The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack is demented, disgusting, and very funny.
Jan. 8 2015 9:47 AMThe Superheroes of Your DreamsTwenty years of Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s Astro City.
Jan. 7 2015 10:41 AMThe Giant Inanity MachineMark Leibovich’s profiles lay bare a national political process that systematically dehumanizes all its participants.
Jan. 5 2015 2:00 PMMy Love Language Is Silent CondescensionCould I learn anything about my marriage from a cheesy, best-selling, vaguely evangelical self-help franchise?
Dec. 22 2014 9:39 PMThe Museum of Second NovelsArtifacts of sophomore books from the authors on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Dec. 5 2014 10:15 AMTwelve and a Half Years, 224 PagesThe saga of Akhil Sharma’s magnificent second novel, Family Life.
March 1 2015 7:17 PMThis Essay Was Due 25 Years AgoThe role of shame in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and the force of shame in my life.
Feb. 6 2015 1:04 PMYou Lie!A tricky new book on the history and philosophy of deceit.
Feb. 6 2015 10:23 AMThe EntertainerA conversation with Nick Hornby.
Feb. 5 2015 12:40 PMThe Perpetual Narration MachineNeil Gaiman’s collection reminds us that, for good and for ill, he’s got a lot of stories to tell.
Feb. 4 2015 9:36 AMThe Now Is FallingKathleen Ossip’s poetry delights in the imperfect present.
Feb. 3 2015 8:15 AMDo Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200The many inventors of Monopoly, and how they all got screwed over.
Feb. 2 2015 9:58 AMSeeing Is Not BelievingWhat’s left when a narrator “on whom nothing is lost” loses everything? 
Jan. 9 2015 1:50 PMAbundance and Praise and PleasureLeslie Jamison on the bounty of Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days.
Jan. 9 2015 11:36 AMThe American Muck The narrator of Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country is shipwrecked in the post-Skynyrd South.
Jan. 8 2015 4:21 PMThe GatekeepersIn praise of the publishers who move units and readers.
Jan. 8 2015 8:51 AMNo, the Internet Is Not Killing CultureIt’s always been hard to make a living in the arts. It still is.
Jan. 6 2015 2:10 PMWatch Everything You SayMiranda July’s novel is a brilliant document of our age of managed sharing.
Jan. 5 2015 8:36 AMThe $5-a-Night Film SchoolPatton Oswalt tells the story of his obsessive cinephilia—and declares his readiness to direct.
Dec. 5 2014 1:15 PMDan Kois’ Favorite Books of 2014Fifteen great novels, comics, and collections from Slate’s books editor.
Dec. 5 2014 9:15 AMWhose Life?The Paris Wife, Freud’s Mistress, Vanessa and Her Sister: Biography battles fan fiction for the right to a writer’s story.

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