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Abundance and Praise and Pleasure

Leslie Jamison on the bounty of Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days.

Jan. 9 2015 11:41 AMBeautiful Day!What gets lost when English becomes the lingua franca of the Internet, and the world?
Jan. 9 2015 10:45 AMOh Geez!The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack is demented, disgusting, and very funny.
Jan. 8 2015 9:47 AMThe Superheroes of Your DreamsTwenty years of Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s Astro City.
Jan. 7 2015 10:41 AMThe Giant Inanity MachineMark Leibovich’s profiles lay bare a national political process that systematically dehumanizes all its participants.
Jan. 5 2015 2:00 PMMy Love Language Is Silent CondescensionCould I learn anything about my marriage from a cheesy, best-selling, vaguely evangelical self-help franchise?
Dec. 22 2014 9:39 PMThe Museum of Second NovelsArtifacts of sophomore books from the authors on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Dec. 5 2014 10:15 AMTwelve and a Half Years, 224 PagesThe saga of Akhil Sharma’s magnificent second novel, Family Life.
Dec. 5 2014 7:00 AMThe Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeWhat are best print and Web comics of 2014?
Dec. 4 2014 2:00 PMNo Hugging, No LearningMeghan Daum’s tough, smart, wonderful collection of essays.
Dec. 3 2014 11:44 PMThe Comedy of BeardsA theory.
Dec. 3 2014 10:14 AMA Girl, a Gold Farmer, and a GameIn Real Life is a clever and humane new comic about the video-game world.
Dec. 3 2014 8:02 AMBorn ActorsA theater troupe tours the South American countryside in the third book on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Dec. 2 2014 6:42 AMThe Yearning of ArtistsA poet’s second novel about learning to live, write, and love in a bygone New York.
Dec. 1 2014 12:21 PMMan DownA new essay collection attempts to explain why men are ridiculous.
Nov. 30 2014 11:52 PMBest Books 2014: Slate Staff PicksSlate’s columnists, editors, and bloggers pick their favorite books of the year.
Jan. 9 2015 11:36 AMThe American Muck The narrator of Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country is shipwrecked in the post-Skynyrd South.
Jan. 8 2015 4:21 PMThe GatekeepersIn praise of the publishers who move units and readers.
Jan. 8 2015 8:51 AMNo, the Internet Is Not Killing CultureIt’s always been hard to make a living in the arts. It still is.
Jan. 6 2015 2:10 PMWatch Everything You SayMiranda July’s novel is a brilliant document of our age of managed sharing.
Jan. 5 2015 8:36 AMThe $5-a-Night Film SchoolPatton Oswalt tells the story of his obsessive cinephilia—and declares his readiness to direct.
Dec. 5 2014 1:15 PMDan Kois’ Favorite Books of 2014Fifteen great novels, comics, and collections from Slate’s books editor.
Dec. 5 2014 9:15 AMWhose Life?The Paris Wife, Freud’s Mistress, Vanessa and Her Sister: Biography battles fan fiction for the right to a writer’s story.
Dec. 4 2014 2:21 PMThe Top 10 Books of the YearAs picked by the editors of the Slate Book Review.
Dec. 4 2014 11:28 AMThe Light and the DarknessA brutal and beautiful second novel about a slave rebellion in 1801 Jamaica.
Dec. 3 2014 11:15 AMCinéma VéritéThe reissued novel Screenplay explores a familiar fantasy of the movies.
Dec. 3 2014 8:47 AMThe Overlooked Books of 2014Slate Book Review critics suggest 27 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.
Dec. 2 2014 10:15 AMThe Fabric of Our LivesThe brutal history of cotton debunks many of the most popular myths about capitalism.
Dec. 2 2014 6:14 AMThe 22 Best Lines of 2014Good music, bad lovin’, and great writing from some of 2014’s most enjoyable books.
Dec. 1 2014 9:03 AMAn Immodest ProposalA demented sex comedy for our impersonal age is the first novel on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Nov. 7 2014 11:28 AMHappiness, Inspiration, and WellnessThe ingredients of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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