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Pop Goes the World

Even a history of pop can’t help but skew toward rock.

July 11 2014 3:33 PMBryan Lee O’Malley’s Imperfect Little LifeA Q&A with the Scott Pilgrim author about his new comic Seconds, fashion, and regret.
July 11 2014 7:08 AMLast Kind WordsLost 78s and the insular world of music obsessives.
July 10 2014 1:29 PMWalkaboutA woman leaves her husband for New Zealand in Catherine Lacey’s moving first novel.
July 9 2014 3:38 PMHow to Be HappyA bright cartooning talent gets her first book of short stories, and it’s beautiful and surprising.
July 9 2014 12:50 PM533 IdeasThe conceptual, playful, maddening books of Édouard Levé.
July 8 2014 12:29 PMKnow NothingThe true history of atheism.
July 7 2014 8:28 AMI Used to Know HerA sharp novel about the way Hollywood warps its female stars.
July 6 2014 10:15 PMTen Feet Tall!!!A cartoon biography of the wrestler André the Giant.
June 6 2014 8:12 AMThe “A&P” ProblemCan Stuart Dybek, an underappreciated master of the American short story, overcome the limitations of the American short story?
June 5 2014 12:17 PMStrange BeastWhat happens when a 20-year-old constructs his personality completely out of reading Tom Robbins novels?
June 4 2014 1:41 PMPeter Sís and Margaret FergusonThe Slate Book Review author-editor conversation.
June 3 2014 3:03 PMThe Ghosts of ’91Tension between the U.S. and Russia is rising. A new history of the end of the Cold War helps to correct the record.
June 3 2014 12:06 PMThe OneMegan Abbott explodes genre like no other writer.
June 2 2014 11:34 AMSteak-Umm out of Sacred CowsPatricia Lockwood’s poetry, and the discomfort it’s meant to cause squares like me.
May 20 2014 1:02 PMThe Don’s DonJ.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf translation finally arrives.
July 11 2014 2:12 PMThe Uses of EnchantmentGeoff Ryman’s heartfelt and clever 1992 riff on Judy Garland, AIDS, and Oz returns.
July 10 2014 6:20 PMGilded AgesThree new books reveal the politics of bling, then and now.
July 10 2014 1:10 PMThe Dotted LineA curious book that explores the real and imaginary boundaries in our lives.
July 9 2014 2:39 PMAdult MaterialRainbow Rowell’s new novel for grown-ups, and the power of good books for readers of any age.
July 9 2014 10:20 AMHow to Get Into the Writers’ RoomInterviews with Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, and other top comedy writers.
July 8 2014 8:04 AMBraaaiiinsThe Girl With All the Gifts, a zombie novel of ideas.
July 6 2014 11:30 PMProspero’s DaughterWomen, writing, and the question of privilege.
June 10 2014 11:27 AMMichael Hastings Wrote a Novel About the Last Days of Newsweek—and Based the Main Character on Me
June 5 2014 2:49 PMAgainst YARead whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.
June 5 2014 8:28 AMA Form of Literary AnarchyIf you want to understand Ulysses, you should read about its obscenity trial.
June 3 2014 10:09 PMIt Doesn’t SuckAdam Nayman defends Showgirls.
June 3 2014 2:38 PMLetters From the PastA new comic illustrates the desperate missives sent to an immigrant advice column in old New York.
June 3 2014 11:58 AM“There Was Something Stupid in This”Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic autobiography is narcissistic, indiscreet, and a remarkable work of art.
June 2 2014 10:22 AMThe MacGuffinistNo one is better than Geoff Dyer at not writing about what he’s writing about.
May 13 2014 12:01 AMWhy Are You So Fearful, O Ye of Little Faith?In his new book, Glenn Greenwald takes on the doubters.

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