Slate Voice: “Against YA”Listen to Dan Kois read Ruth Graham’s essay on why adults should be embarrassed to read young adult lit.
The Perpetual Narration MachineNeil Gaiman’s collection reminds us that, for good and for ill, he’s got a lot of stories to tell.
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200The many inventors of Monopoly, and how they all got screwed over.
The American Muck The narrator of Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country is shipwrecked in the post-Skynyrd South.
No, the Internet Is Not Killing CultureIt’s always been hard to make a living in the arts. It still is.
The $5-a-Night Film SchoolPatton Oswalt tells the story of his obsessive cinephilia—and declares his readiness to direct.
Dan Kois’ Favorite Books of 2014Fifteen great novels, comics, and collections from Slate’s books editor.
Whose Life?The Paris Wife, Freud’s Mistress, Vanessa and Her Sister: Biography battles fan fiction for the right to a writer’s story.
Not Just Another Ugly FaceIn Amanda Filipacchi’s novel, a beautiful woman disguises herself as repulsive and tests men in bars.
Zombies, Vampires, and PuddingsAn adorable all-ages comic about an ambitious chef in the underworld.
The Long MeowThe feline hero of this post-apocalyptic detective story just wants to track down his best friend—a dog.
The Other Tolstoy and the Book of NightSofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.
The Giant Inanity MachineMark Leibovich’s profiles lay bare a national political process that systematically dehumanizes all its participants.
My Love Language Is Silent CondescensionCould I learn anything about my marriage from a cheesy, best-selling, vaguely evangelical self-help franchise?
The Museum of Second NovelsArtifacts of sophomore books from the authors on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.