“Be Feared if You’re Not to Be Respected”Gawker once held itself apart from a media it saw as cautious and compromised. It can’t do that anymore.
Without the BeatlesThe three strange Lennon-McCartney hits that went to No. 1 without Lennon or McCartney—and what they tell us about the secret to recording a smash.
What Happened at Slate This Week?I came back from vacation and personally, singlehandedly, all on my own, made the magazine great.
Touchin’ Me, Touchin’ YouManilow, Midler, Diamond, Streisand: The last days of the great American showpeople.
Joy and Sadness and Fear and Hope and Disappointment and Envy and ShameI’ve spent my life trying to represent the emotions inside children’s heads. The only thing I wanted from Inside Out was more of them.
The Genius of the Super Mario Bros. “Game Over” ThemeHow Koji Kondo composed the first true video game score.
The Greatest Pie Fight in Cinematic History Has Been FoundA Laurel and Hardy reel thought lost for decades is discovered.
“What Did You Bring to Play for Me Today?”The concertos—and the lessons—I learned from my two greatest teachers.
What Happened at Slate This Week?How I learned that you shouldn’t assume the worst of people solely because they disagree with you about a TV show.
A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe author of Between the World and Me discusses the Charleston shooting, the end of the Obama presidency, and why he never read To Kill a Mockingbird.
As the South Looks BackwardI grew up in the South and spent years battling my own racism. As the flag comes down, here’s what I learned.
Geeking OutI write about some of the uglier aspects of humanity. Sometimes escapism is exactly what I need.
Supreme Court Blogs, TV Recaps, and Wikipedia What a legal-affairs writer visits on the Internet more than 20 times a month.
Finding Sadness in JoyA parent grapples with Inside Out’s quietly revolutionary message about children’s emotions.
The One Thing Missing From Fox News’ Coverage of the Charleston ShootingAlmost any honest acknowledgement of racism.
How Much Turbulence Is Too Much Turbulence? The Slate staff’s questions about flying answered by British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker.
“A Place, Not a Conveyance”The design, power, and cockpit foot heaters that make the 747 feel like home to pilots.