The Rise and Decline of the “Sellout”

A history of the epithet, from its rise among leftists and jazz critics and folkies to its recent fall from favor.

July 19 2017 3:56 PMTrump Hasn’t Killed ComedyHe’s just killed our dumb contemporary idea of comedy.
July 5 2017 1:29 PMA Song of Ice and Fire and SoupWhat’s behind George R.R. Martin’s obsession with chowder in bread bowls?
June 20 2017 9:00 AMLost in AdaptationSofia Coppola’s The Beguiled cuts the book’s black characters, whitewashing its tale of the Civil War–era South. At this point, that’s hardly a surprise.
June 8 2017 3:00 PMIn Defense of Lusty Movie ReviewsWe trust that other physical responses, like tears and nausea, are trying to tell us something about what we just saw. Our libidos are too.
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.
July 17 2017 10:32 PMIs R. Kelly Finally Having His Bill Cosby Moment?Jim DeRogatis on 16 years of reporting on the singer’s alleged sex crimes—and why he hopes this time will be different.
June 21 2017 5:54 AMWhat Really Happens After Societal CollapseApocalyptic visions tell us it’ll be every man for himself, but some historians suggest The Walking Dead has it all wrong.
June 13 2017 4:21 PMThe Freewheelin’ Bob DylanDid the singer-songwriter take portions of his Nobel lecture from SparkNotes?
May 21 2017 8:00 PMBlack, Single, and WaitingFor 15 years, the Bachelor franchise has made a caricature of blackness. Could this season finally be different?
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.