Inside 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.
The Long HelloOne thousand pages into a multivolume biography, Barbara Stanwyck feels as mysterious as ever.
The Dinner PartyWhen Julia Child, James Beard, and M.F.K. Fisher ate together and created the future of American food.
Mi Gosh and By-heckDeborah Solomon’s life of Norman Rockwell, whose art looked back to an America that never was.
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.
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.
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 40-Year-Old Tape, a Talking Squirrel, and a MysteryGreg Ruth’s fantastic young readers’ adventure The Lost Boy.
Omissions Are Not AccidentsThe life of Marianne Moore, whose legend grew as she winnowed complexity from her work.
A 24-foot Panorama of the Most Infamous Day of World War IJoe Sacco annotates his monumental new book, The Great War.