The Winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize
The book and Web comic that win our annual comics award both dwell on time, memory, and the far future.
Into the Empty RegionsClive James’ valedictory book of poetry criticism wrestles with how art is long, but life is short.
The Civil War After the Civil WarHow the military occupation of the former Confederacy helped strong-arm the South into line.
Marry by 30Kate Bolick’s Spinster is billed as a progress report for women—but it’s exactly the opposite.
“They Didn’t Know Anything”It’s in its dissonances, its contradictions, that Philip Glass’ memoir finds its form.
The Exoskeleton and the BluesStructural amazements are buoyed by inner music in Terrance Hayes’ How to Be Drawn.
The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
The Revolution and the Conference RoomA leading modern leftist overlooks the ways the bureaucracy of private industry might actually make the world a better place.
Hall of MirrorsSarah Manguso’s diary of a diary sheds new light on the many the perils of writing about yourself.
Slate Voice: “Against YA”Listen to Dan Kois read Ruth Graham’s essay on why adults should be embarrassed to read young adult lit.
Not Just Another Ugly FaceIn Amanda Filipacchi’s novel, a beautiful woman disguises herself as repulsive and tests men in bars.
Unhappy FamiliesHausfrau makes the plight of the wife and mother in contemporary fiction seem sadder than ever.
After OutrageA slightly guileless tour through the world of the briefly controversial by Jon Ronson.
Beautifully, Profoundly, Naively, Contradictorily, Romantically, Kinetically, Jokily, Cockily, Fearfully, Drunkenly, Goofily, ImpudentlyRobert Christgau’s memoir.
The Abyss of BonesKazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years is a sad, remarkable fantasy story set in Arthurian England.
This Essay Was Due 25 Years AgoThe role of shame in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and the force of shame in my life.