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The Mesmerizing Power of Helen MirrenShe couldn’t sing, but she was still perfect as the intimidating, sardonic rock star of my 1975 play, Teeth ’n’ Smiles.
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Our Favorite Reads of 2015Slate writers and editors pick their favorite stories from around the Web.
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The Voice From AboveThe Messiah has arrived, and he’s on the increasingly religious reality singing show The Voice.
What Errol Morris Thinks of Making a MurdererThe master documentarian on our true-crime fascination and the lessons of The Thin Blue Line.
A Conversation With Pete WellsThe New York Times’ restaurant critic on puncturing pretension in fine dining, the rise of foodie-ism, and why nothing tastes better than Oreos.
“I Just Want to Be As Flexible As Air, As Light”Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling on giving herself over completely.
The Downton Abbey PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 2.
A Conversation With Michael LewisThe best-selling Big Short author on how journalism is like acting, Margot Robbie in a bathtub, and why movie stars are not nearly as handsome in real life.
Happy 10th Anniversary to the Slate Political Gabfest!But good luck figuring out what date we should celebrate.
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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.