Black, Single, and Waiting
For 15 years, the Bachelor franchise has made a caricature of blackness. Could this season finally be different?
To the Manners BornHow Emily Post’s descendants are shepherding her legacy into a cultural landscape hostile to the very idea of etiquette.
The End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
Is My Novel Offensive?How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.
Provocateur or Punk?How publishing houses weigh tricky ethical and commercial decisions like giving Milo Yiannopoulos a book deal.
Jazz HateLa La Land may be a great movie about dreams, but as a movie about jazz, it’s a muddle of clichés.
What Can Artists Do to Oppose Trump?Nothing. But that doesn’t mean they should ignore our perilous political present.
A Tour of the White House With Ms. Natalie PortmanJackie uses historical re-enactment and re-creation to tell a very different story about the Kennedy assassination.
Have I Got a Play for YouFlouting copyright law to bring the brilliance of Company to West Hollow Junior High School.
The Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
Beautiful, Stirring, and OvercrowdedThe many small successes, and one large failure, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
Meeting the Heirs to the Etiquette EmpireSlate’s Laura Miller on how Emily Post’s descendants are trying to keep etiquette advice a thriving business.
A History of Self-CareFrom its radical roots to its yuppie-driven middle age to its election-inspired resurgence.
What’s a Celebrity to Do in the Age of Trump?The rich and famous get mocked relentlessly for speaking up about politics. But they may not have a choice.
Basketball’s Nerd KingHow Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks.
How Video Games Change UsShooters don’t necessarily make players more violent. But do they make us more cruel?
The Weirdest DreamWhy it was such a tricky high wire act for late-night comedians to cover Trump’s win.
The Literal Hell of McMansionsThe suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.
The Making of an American GirlIn 1993, the doll company set out to introduce its first black character. All she had to do was represent the entire history of black America.