What Does “Unabridged” Even Mean Anymore?And four other questions Lexicon Valley’s Mike Vuolo asked Stefan Fatsis about his piece on the remaking of the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Let Them Eat CakeHow a terrible Jennifer Aniston movie turned into this year’s Oscar Cinderella story.
Breathe Easily, White AmericaNetwork TV’s most popular Friday-night series, CBS’s Blue Bloods, perfectly caters to your perspective on the police.
A Collage of Usual MomentsWhat I learned by taking a photo of myself each day for the last five years.
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, EventuallyHis magic sleigh journey is highly inefficient. So we made him a better itinerary.
The Sony Emails Are Fair GameNo, Aaron Sorkin, reporting on the hacked documents is not “spectacularly dishonorable.”
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.
Storm a-Brewin’—Let’s Hit Trader Joe’s!Americans get way too excited about stocking up before a storm.
The Definition of a DictionaryMerriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like? (And do we even need one?)
The Rust Belt Theory of Low-Cost High CultureThe joys of taking advantage of once-grand cities’ still-grand cultural opportunities.
Building the New Sandy Hook ElementaryAn architect and a town design a school that embraces Newtown’s connection to the natural world.
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 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.