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“He Couldn’t Conceive of a Life Without Being the Editor of the NYRB

Ian Buruma on the genius of Bob Silvers, the Review’s cultural influence, and the art of wrangling writerly egos.

March 23 2017 2:23 PMReading 1984, the Breakout Novel of 2017What George Orwell taught the Culture Gabfest about “alternative facts.”
March 20 2017 9:06 AMOur Disheveled WorldElif Batuman sets out to write a novel as chaotic, random, and intoxicating as real life.
March 14 2017 10:31 AMCapturing “Take” for the DictionaryA Merriam-Webster editor’s knock-down, drag-out battle to define a deceptively small, innocent word.
March 9 2017 7:41 AMThe Horror of SadnessJohn Darnielle’s new novel is like an extended X-Files episode that turns into a moving meditation on loss.
March 7 2017 5:12 PMThe Urgency of Writing Fiction in the Trump EraTwo novelists discuss writing dystopian tales for Slate’s Trump Story Project.
March 6 2017 9:04 AMFaceless MassesMohsin Hamid’s new novel is a missed opportunity to make refugee characters seem vivid, human, and real.
Feb. 24 2017 1:40 PMGlamorous WoundsCat Marnell and Alana Massey both mine their darkest, messiest selves in first-person writing. But their styles couldn’t be more different.
Feb. 17 2017 11:54 AMThe Raw Nerve of PainA conversation with Daphne Merkin about grappling with severe depression.
Feb. 15 2017 4:49 PMThe Misunderstood Ghost of James BaldwinHow critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.
Feb. 10 2017 4:20 PMThe Abominable Mr. SeabrookThe story of one of the most fascinating, outrageous humans ever to live was lost to history. Until Joe Ollmann decided to draw it.
Feb. 8 2017 4:45 PMGhost in the MachineA Washington ghostwriter gets caught in the Clinton scandal complex.
Feb. 7 2017 6:49 PMOur Minds Are IntricateKathleen Collins’ remarkable stories feel like peeking through a keyhole at the inner lives of black women in another era.
Feb. 6 2017 9:40 AMThe Beautiful WorldGeorge Saunders’ first novel is lovely, moving, and fundamentally the wrong book for this moment in history.
Jan. 25 2017 9:30 AMAge of AngerWhat America’s violent transition to modernity has in common with the rise of Islamic extremism.
Jan. 17 2017 9:30 AMLetters to a Young MuslimI grew up as a devout Muslim, and these essays about the dangers of radicalism hit very close to home.
March 20 2017 9:30 AMIn Search of Lost TimeThe hipsters at the center of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears invent an ancient black bluesman—but is he real after all?
March 17 2017 11:33 AMThe Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
March 14 2017 7:15 AMThe ShowgirlThe life and work of the magnificent, uncontainable Angela Carter.
March 8 2017 7:45 AMThe Work Love Has to DoRebecca Solnit’s radiant descriptions of today’s feminism could sound laughably oblivious. Instead, they feel like a ray of hope in the dark.
March 7 2017 9:45 AMBig Little TruthsDon’t call Liane Moriarty’s novels fluffy—not when their characters feel so real.
March 6 2017 7:00 AMThe Senate Torture Report in Graphic-Novel FormAn adaptation.
Feb. 20 2017 9:04 AMA Novelist in SeasonAli Smith’s new quartet starts with Autumn and is set right … about … now.
Feb. 16 2017 9:03 AM“A Great German Joke Is to Say the Meanest and Most Tragic Thing Possible”A conversation with Rebecca Schuman about German humor, Kafka, and her new book Schadenfreude: A Love Story.
Feb. 12 2017 8:04 PMBenevolent ImperialismRobert D. Kaplan attempts to explain American greatness via a road trip across America.
Feb. 9 2017 10:48 AMVisionary PuppiesA new book unpacks Peter Thiel’s gambit to pay teens to skip college and incubate big ideas. If only it also unpacked Thiel himself.
Feb. 8 2017 2:43 PMA Dry SoulJ.M. Coetzee’s new novel pits reason and passion against each other. It would be a lot sexier if reason didn’t win.
Feb. 7 2017 11:23 AMThe Cost of ProgressWhat’s missing from Jonathan Chait’s new book on Obama’s legacy is what’s missing from Obama’s worldview: a sense of tragedy.
Feb. 3 2017 9:00 AM“This Is My TownHow rapacious capitalism transformed one Ohio city from the American dream to a nightmare.
Jan. 23 2017 9:03 AMRachel Cusk’s Anti-NarrativeTransit is less a novel than a kind of tone poem about what it means to physically expose oneself through writing.
Jan. 17 2017 7:45 AMNaïveté is the New RealismTom Friedman’s oracular pretensions have never felt more ridiculous than they do in his latest best-seller.

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