When I First Heard Stakes Is High
How De La Soul’s underappreciated album honored rap history without falling victim to gauzy nostalgia.
Out of SlimeIn the 1980s, green goo oozed its way into the American consciousness. What became of all that sludge?
Angels in America: The Complete Oral HistoryHow Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
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Why Are Indian Kids So Good at Spelling?Because they have their own minor-league spelling bee circuit.
The SingingBehind the scenes as one of America’s most innovative opera companies adapts a Stephen King (and Stanley Kubrick) classic.
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In Praise of Social Media MourningThe death of a major artist reveals what’s best about Twitter and Facebook, not what’s worst.
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Gay Talese’s Other ProblemThe writer’s latest New Yorker piece is far more troubling than his sexist comments.
“The Possibility of Violence Still Exists”An interview with Anonymous, the co-director of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence.
Why Free State of Jones Isn’t Just Another White Savior MovieMany historians agree that Southern whites need a new kind of Civil War hero. Matthew McConaughey’s Newt Knight isn’t a bad start.
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The Spin DoctorHow one casting director made Dancing With the Stars the leader in celebrity image rehabilitation.
Growing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
Whit Stillman, Meet Jane AustenThe Metropolitan filmmaker’s great new movie reveals he has less in common with the author than fans might expect.
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About Jane EyreEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.
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The Favreauteur TheoryIron Man and Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is the ghost in the highly lucrative machine.
A Hamilton Skeptic on Why the Show Isn’t As Revolutionary As It Seems“It’s still white history. And no amount of casting people of color disguises the fact that they’re erasing people of color from the actual narrative.”
In Defense of the Trend PieceIt’s a rich, exuberant, entertaining form, not an affront to serious journalism.