A new window into the time-honored tradition of American politicians stoking racial and class tensions for personal gain.
The Virgil of NebraskaWhat Willa Cather’s style shows us about memory, and how we should think about her lesbianism.
The Clerk, the Construction Worker, the Mom, and the GoldfishThe unlikely superheroes of the charming all-ages comic Power Up.
Rewinding Helen DeWittThe return of her remarkable novel The Last Samurai is perfect for our streaming-video moment.
Experts in Female SadnessThe Girls explores how ordinary men—and murderous psychos—use women to achieve their goals.
An Interview With Lydia Millet and Jenny Offill Two close friends on bad writing habits, creative ambition, and which lines they’d steal from each other’s books.
The Great Masterpiece of Human CivilizationIt’s the internet, argues Virginia Heffernan in Magic and Loss.
Introducing My ÁntoniaOur next selection for a Year of Great Books is an aching portrait of unrequited longing and the untamed West.
Decoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
Win a Copy of My ÁntoniaPenguin Classics is helping Slate Plus members celebrate the next selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books.
Rules for Dating My DaughterA cartoonist wrestles with the tough questions of modern parenting in a collection of clever graphic essays.
Growing Up My ÁntoniaThe writer and radio host Kurt Andersen talks about reading Willa Cather under the epic prairie skies of his native Nebraska.
Modern LoversEmma Straub’s new novel beautifully captures the breathless momentum of youth—and the heartbreaks of growing up.
The Paper Girls and the Alien InvadersA new comics series from the creator of Y: The Last Man puts tween girls at the center of the story.
“I Was Thinking About Blackness in America”Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel, Homegoing; the writer as public figure; and getting blurbed by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Beware the Medical Beach ReadIt won’t give you nuanced science. But books of depth can—and Gluten Exposed is one of them.
Growing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
How Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s BackyardDickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.
Is “Grit” Really the Key to Success?A new book says you need passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or an old one dressed up to be the latest self-help sensation?
How to Run a Used BookstoreRead how one independent bookseller keeps business booming in the age of Amazon in this Working podcast transcript.