Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Eventually
His magic sleigh journey is highly inefficient. So we made him a better itinerary.
The Year of OutrageFrom righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
The Rise of the Singing Christmas TreeHundreds of people! Thousands of lights! Flying angels! Fireworks! Sequins! The megachurch extravaganzas explained.
Top 10 Things to Love About Letterman’s Top Ten Lists10. Their topicality 9. Their absurdity 8. Their longevity 7. Their irreverence 6. Their silliness 5. Their brevity 4. Their self-deprecation 3. Their surprise 2. Their reliability 1. Regis.
TNR’s Raucous Wake Staff changes at the venerable magazine expose the fault lines of modern journalism.
“Where West Baltimore Brings Its Dead”That’s how you know Leakin Park from Serial and The Wire. But it’s more than that.
The Devil Behind the DumpsterMulholland Drive, like the best horror films, gets at the most unsettling of existential fears.
The Sony Emails Are Fair GameNo, Aaron Sorkin, reporting on the hacked documents is not “spectacularly dishonorable.”
The New York Times’ Obscene Profanity PolicyWhat’s more important to the paper of record, reporting the news or protecting its readers’ delicate sensibilities?
Boy’s Own AdventureCheryl Strayed, Christopher McCandless, and the American literary tradition of lighting out for the territory.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Now Forrest Wickman knows what “freemium” means. And sundry other lessons from his week.
Why Taylor Swift Is the Super Bowl of PopIn the music industry today, there’s the 1 percent, and there’s everybody else.
Devil in a TrenchcoatWill the new NBC series bring Constantine into the mainstream, or ruin the character forever?