The United Slang of America
If every state had an official word, what would it be? (Connecticut, you get glawackus.)
The Gerwigification of Noah BaumbachCollaborating with Greta Gerwig has forced the director to lighten up. It’s good for him.
Dangerous TropesHow the Michelle Pfeiffer hit Dangerous Minds put an overtly paternalistic twist on a saccharine genre.
The Fantastic Four Are JerksThey’ve always been elitist, reckless, and mean. No wonder their movie flopped.
Checked OutThe Library of Congress has let itself become obsolete. It needs a new leader who can steer it into the digital age.
“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.
A Conversation With James WoodThe New Yorker critic on how technology is changing reading, how aging changes critics, and what he’d change about his David Foster Wallace review.
What Happened at Slate Since I Got Here?How I went from new guy who somehow got a key to the building to actual real deal Slate editor.
“Everything Is Not The Wire”David Simon would like you to stop trying to understand what’s going on in Baltimore by quoting his TV show.
“Nobody Loves You. Nobody Sees You. Nobody Touches You.”How books and films explore, and obscure, the sexuality of teen girls.
Nothing Was the SameIn another era, Meek Mill might have had the upper hand in his beef with Drake—an era before Drake rewrote all the rules.
Has Kendrick Lamar Recorded the New Black National Anthem?Singing “Alright” in a summer of protest, despair, and hope.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Aisha Harris rounds up some shocking, informative, and hilarious reads.
Amy, What You Wanna Do?There’s more ahead of Amy Schumer than rom-coms. Mapping a course for a comedy star in the making.
Ashley Monroe’s Long Hard RoadHow a woman becomes a country star when country radio won’t play women.
To See Which Way the Wind BlowsA new book explores what really happened the night Dylan went electric.
“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.