The Film Music That Changed My LifeFilm composer David Lang on the months he spent watching The Exorcist and learning how avant-garde music could transform a movie.
Kurt and BernardA double biography of Kurt and Bernard Vonnegut as they planted the seeds of the postwar era.
Chi-Raq Is Not Nearly As Tone-Deaf About Sociopolitical Issues As Spike Lee Can BeAnd it’s his best movie in years.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Start to Finish”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 8, the midseason finale of Season 6.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Heads Up”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 7.
I Got a Second Chance on Who Wants to Be a MillionaireLast year I became one of the biggest losers in game show history. Going back was terrifying.
Carol’s Happy EndingThe screenwriter—and friend of Patricia Highsmith’s—who spent almost 20 years struggling to bring The Price of Salt to theaters.
Slate Voice: “Found in Translation”Listen to Dana Stevens read about exploring Japan’s rich cinematic history.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Always Accountable”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 6.
How Hamilton Uses HistoryWhat Lin-Manuel Miranda included in his portrait of a heroic, complicated Founding Father—and what he left out.
“Fifty Nifty United States”How a 1960s novelty song became one of the greatest mnemonic devices of all time.
No HeroesThe mournful Philip K. Dick masterpiece behind Amazon’s splashy new series The Man in the High Castle.
Remembering Frances YatesThe incredible midcentury historian whose book on memory influenced writers from Calvino to Thomas Harris.
Final FrontiersStar Trek fans take to the Internet to film their own episodes of the original series.
Does Paris Matter More Than Beirut?You’d think so from the media’s coverage. And the problem goes a lot deeper than the level of attention.
The Gygax EffectGo ahead, mock. But Dungeons & Dragons created the cultural building blocks of our information age.
Too Weird for Prime TimeTwin Peaks was always more about luxuriating in Lynchian darkness than solving a murder.
Slate Voice: “Same Old Script”Listen to Aisha Harris read about the lack of diversity in writing rooms of major TV networks.