It’s a truth universally acknowledged that sometimes it’s OK to judge a book by its cover. This week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels, Pride and Prejudice. The bicentennial is being celebrated with marathon readings and themed balls, and in the years since its publication, the book has inspired countless Hollywood movies and some bizarre reimaginings. But the numerous editions of the original text have also seen a wealth of interpretive covers: from the annotated to the peacock-inspired. Here’s to 200 more years.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here
I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.