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The Big Sleep

The narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s swaggering novel hopes to sleep her life away.

July 9 2018 3:13 PMWhat 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.
July 5 2018 9:00 AMAll Our Work Holds GoodRereading the poet Donald Hall’s beautiful children’s book Ox-Cart Man in a time of turmoil.
June 21 2018 10:00 AMQueering the NovelA conversation between Jordy Rosenberg and Alexander Chee.
June 20 2018 10:00 AMState of ContradictionsLawrence Wright paints an intimate, nuanced portrait of Texas. If only he had been willing to look harder at its racial dynamics.
June 19 2018 5:55 AM“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.
June 7 2018 12:13 PMThe 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.
June 4 2018 5:45 AMHer Unmanageable BodyPorochista Khakpour’s arresting Sick upends all the tropes of the illness memoir.
May 25 2018 5:55 AMBuried in Bourgeois LifeRachel Cusk’s trilogy isn’t commenting wryly on upper-middle-class values. It’s embodying them.
May 23 2018 1:08 PMA Guide to the Many, Many Books of Philip RothIncluding the beginning, the greats, and the late period.
May 14 2018 8:00 AMThe Trip of a LifetimeMichael Pollan explores what LSD and other psychedelics can do for the no longer young.
May 2 2018 9:00 AMThings Did Not Go DifferentlyRachel Kushner’s sorrowful, hard-boiled The Mars Room.
April 5 2018 10:26 AM“Warmth Plus Dread”Jenny Offill interviews Joe Dunthorne about sympathetic characters, parenthood, and single-vowel nouns.
April 3 2018 10:42 AMGinned UpLeslie Jamison’s 500-page exploration of recovery gets trapped in the thin tropes of the addiction memoir.
April 2 2018 9:00 AMThe Idea of the Inassimilable AlienHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today.
March 22 2018 5:54 AMNell Scovell’s New Book Reveals What It’s Like to Be the Only Woman in the Writers’ RoomThe comedian who wrote for everything from The Simpsons to Letterman to Lean In has some advice, a few harsh words, and plenty of jokes.
July 9 2018 5:55 AMThe Big SeepReading Raymond Chandler in the age of #MeToo.
June 27 2018 1:21 PMThe Puzzle BoxEven on the pages of his own memoir, David Lynch remains a mystery.
June 21 2018 8:30 AMWell-Behaved Women Make History TooWhat gets lost when it’s only the rebel girls who get lionized?
June 19 2018 9:00 AMHeatstrokeLauren Groff dives headlong into her adopted home state in Florida.
June 12 2018 5:55 AMThe 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.
June 5 2018 8:30 AMErrol Morris Refutes It ThusThe filmmaker’s new book continues an argument with the philosopher Thomas Kuhn begun in 1972.
May 31 2018 9:48 AMThe Biographer in the BubbleRobert Hilburn’s authorized life of Paul Simon.
May 23 2018 9:07 PM“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.”
May 17 2018 9:03 AMMichael Chabon, Stop Being the World’s Best Dad, You’re Killing UsTwo pops discuss Pops.
May 8 2018 5:55 AMA Fan’s NotesThe lives of 10 literary women who “made an art of having an opinion.”
April 23 2018 9:00 AMCrimes 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.
April 4 2018 7:23 PMI Just Want to See Tiger Win AgainEveryone is eager to praise his personal redemption. But the only thing to admire is his legendary talent.
April 3 2018 9:30 AMWhy Factories Aren’t Tourist Attractions AnymoreFor a long time, American factories were symbols of technology and modernity. They symbolize something very different now.
March 30 2018 11:00 AMAnnouncing 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.
March 21 2018 9:00 AMRising to the Sunlit SurfaceThe characters in Alan Hollinghurst’s novels have mastered the exquisite semaphore of 20th-century gay life.