How Do You Solve a Problem Like Denzel?
How did the best film actor of his generation end up playing badasses in action movies?
When The Cosby Show Got “Very Special”Why were The Cosby Show’s Very Special Episodes so much better than every other ’80s sitcom’s?
The Beatles. Bob Dylan. Biggie Smalls.Why the rapper belongs in the company of pop’s most influential artists.
Reading InsecurityHas the Internet killed thoughtful, prolonged engagement with a text—or are we nostalgic for a reading Eden that never existed?
Slate Voice: “Where I’m From”Listen to Aisha Harris read one of her most popular articles from the month of July.
Where I’m FromHow a trip to Kenya changed the way I think about the terms African-American and black American.
Randy Newman’s SoulThe songwriter revisits the musical-theater career he might have had, for one night only, with Faust.
The Radical Notion of Michael Jackson’s HumanityFive years after his death, we’ve done little to locate the man beneath the tabloid caricature.
Crying ShameWe don’t look down on movies designed to make us laugh—why do we look down on ones designed to make us cry?
Teddy Roosevelt Would Never Get Elected in 2014Ken Burns on why he fell in love with TR and FDR, and what the presidential cousins would make of our own political moment.
You’ve Never Watched The Simpsons Before? That’s Unpossible!Marathon-watching the show that gave my generation its soul.
The Great Man Theory of FunkGet On Up shows us James Brown the unstoppable personality, but skimps on James Brown the musician.
This Little Space in BetweenBoyhood reveals what Richard Linklater’s true subject has been all along.
Shouldn’t Artists Benefit When Their Paintings Auction for Millions?A new bill giving American artists rights their European counterparts enjoy probably won’t pass. It should.
The Longest Movie Plot Summary on WikipediaDoes it belong to Ben-Hur? Star Wars? Inception? (Hint: You’re not even getting warm.)
Filmmakers in DisguiseWhat I learned about Hollywood by shooting a guerrilla documentary about the next Transformers movie.