Black, Single, and Waiting

For 15 years, the Bachelor franchise has made a caricature of blackness. Could this season finally be different?

May 11 2017 9:30 AMPay Attention!Can technology solve the 2,500-year-old problem of boredom in the classroom?
April 19 2017 5:55 AMTo the Manners BornHow Emily Post’s descendants are shepherding her legacy into a cultural landscape hostile to the very idea of etiquette.
Feb. 27 2017 7:15 AMThe End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
Feb. 8 2017 5:55 AMIs My Novel Offensive?How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.
Feb. 3 2017 7:39 AMDumpster Fire, Brexit, Fake NewsWhy are there so many Words of the Year?
Jan. 9 2017 7:45 AMProvocateur or Punk?How publishing houses weigh tricky ethical and commercial decisions like giving Milo Yiannopoulos a book deal.
Dec. 15 2016 12:09 PMJazz HateLa La Land may be a great movie about dreams, but as a movie about jazz, it’s a muddle of clichés.
Dec. 6 2016 9:30 AMWhat Can Artists Do to Oppose Trump?Nothing. But that doesn’t mean they should ignore our perilous political present.
Dec. 1 2016 11:44 AMA 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.
Nov. 25 2016 5:45 AMHave I Got a Play for YouFlouting copyright law to bring the brilliance of Company to West Hollow Junior High School.
Nov. 22 2016 3:26 PMConsider the CoconutHow Moana uses Polynesian culture to create a prototypical Disney story.
Nov. 7 2016 10:56 AMThe Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
Oct. 4 2016 1:31 PMBeautiful, Stirring, and OvercrowdedThe many small successes, and one large failure, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Sept. 22 2016 9:45 AMThe Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
Sept. 21 2016 1:03 PMThe Dark Prophecy of By the SeaBrad and Angelina’s gloomy relationship drama is proof of why it’s always a bad idea for mega-celebrity couples to star in a movie together.
May 2 2017 1:11 PMMeeting the Heirs to the Etiquette EmpireSlate’s Laura Miller on how Emily Post’s descendants are trying to keep etiquette advice a thriving business.
April 5 2017 5:55 AMA History of Self-CareFrom its radical roots to its yuppie-driven middle age to its election-inspired resurgence.
Feb. 24 2017 5:50 AMWhat’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.
Feb. 6 2017 10:11 AMLong OverdueWhy public libraries are finally eliminating the late-return fine.
Jan. 25 2017 10:15 AMWhy Do So Many Actors [Whispery Growl] Talk Like This?A Slate investigation.
Dec. 22 2016 11:00 AMThe Best Jokes of 2016From movies to memoirs to memes.
Dec. 9 2016 9:06 AMYou’re the Puppet. Lock Her Up. It’s a Knife.The most notable words and phrases of 2016.
Dec. 6 2016 9:01 AMBasketball’s Nerd KingHow Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks.
Nov. 30 2016 10:12 AMHow Video Games Change UsShooters don’t necessarily make players more violent. But do they make us more cruel?
Nov. 23 2016 11:22 AMThe Weirdest DreamWhy it was such a tricky high wire act for late-night comedians to cover Trump’s win.
Nov. 17 2016 11:33 AMFour Poems for the ElectionThe quadrennial choosing, and its aftermath.
Oct. 28 2016 9:47 AMSomething of ValueHow I fell in love with horror movies, and what their terrors taught me.
Oct. 3 2016 5:57 AMThe Literal Hell of McMansionsThe suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.
Sept. 21 2016 8:30 PMThe 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.
Sept. 21 2016 9:15 AMMythmaking MachinesHow Jackie and Barry both shore up and subvert the very important person biopic template.