What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Trump’s America—and What It Can’tMartha Nussbaum’s new book diagnoses our political crisis but fails to offer a practical cure.
All Our Work Holds GoodRereading the poet Donald Hall’s beautiful children’s book Ox-Cart Man in a time of turmoil.
State of ContradictionsLawrence Wright paints an intimate, nuanced portrait of Texas. If only he had been willing to look harder at its racial dynamics.
“Just Me. The President of the United States, Facing a Mob of Accusers”The best part of the deeply bad thriller co-authored by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is imagining the book as a projection of Clinton’s inner life.
The Crushing Sorrow of BarracoonIn Zora Neale Hurston’s account of the last known survivor of the middle passage, her luxuriant sense of black life collides with his unspeakable grief.
Her Unmanageable BodyPorochista Khakpour’s arresting Sick upends all the tropes of the illness memoir.
Buried in Bourgeois LifeRachel Cusk’s trilogy isn’t commenting wryly on upper-middle-class values. It’s embodying them.
A Guide to the Many, Many Books of Philip RothIncluding the beginning, the greats, and the late period.
The Trip of a LifetimeMichael Pollan explores what LSD and other psychedelics can do for the no longer young.
“Warmth Plus Dread”Jenny Offill interviews Joe Dunthorne about sympathetic characters, parenthood, and single-vowel nouns.
Ginned UpLeslie Jamison’s 500-page exploration of recovery gets trapped in the thin tropes of the addiction memoir.
The Idea of the Inassimilable AlienHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today.
The New Book About The Simpsons Is Hilarious, Joke-a-Minute, and Overstays Its WelcomeSpringfield Confidential recreates the best and worst of the game-changing sitcom.
Errol Morris Refutes It ThusThe filmmaker’s new book continues an argument with the philosopher Thomas Kuhn begun in 1972.
“Philip Roth Was His Own School of Writing”Gary Shteyngart on meeting Roth, teaching Roth, and the novelist’s “humor from the edge of the blade.”
Crimes of the PatriarchyIf we try too hard to parse the precise kind of feminism embodied by Meg Wolitzer’s new book, we risk missing its genuinely smart satire.
I Just Want to See Tiger Win AgainEveryone is eager to praise his personal redemption. But the only thing to admire is his legendary talent.
Why Factories Aren’t Tourist Attractions AnymoreFor a long time, American factories were symbols of technology and modernity. They symbolize something very different now.
Announcing the Winners of the Sixth Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best print and web comic of 2017, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.