A Conversation With James Wood

The New Yorker critic on how technology is changing reading, how aging changes critics, and what he’d change about his David Foster Wallace review.

Aug. 17 2015 9:00 AMGraphite Against a Sharp White BackgroundHow to be a successful black tennis player.
Aug. 12 2015 4:20 PMThe Gerwigification of Noah BaumbachCollaborating with Greta Gerwig has forced the director to lighten up. It’s good for him.
Aug. 11 2015 6:47 PMDangerous TropesHow the Michelle Pfeiffer hit Dangerous Minds put an overtly paternalistic twist on a saccharine genre.
Aug. 10 2015 6:17 PMThe Fantastic Four Are JerksThey’ve always been elitist, reckless, and mean. No wonder their movie flopped.
Aug. 7 2015 9:47 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?A few joyful reads that made a copy editor lose her cool.
Aug. 3 2015 11:48 AMBehind the Year of Outrage Here’s how Slate tracked down everything we were angry about in 2014. 
July 31 2015 10:37 AMDavid Foster Wallace’s Favorite LieHow the final scene in The End of the Tour fell for it.
July 28 2015 11:11 AMChecked OutThe Library of Congress has let itself become obsolete. It needs a new leader who can steer it into the digital age.
July 24 2015 4:28 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?The one story that trumped them all.
July 23 2015 12:42 PM“It’s Just Mean to Be Mean”Gawker staff reflects on Nick Denton and the site’s mission.
July 21 2015 1:03 PM“Be Feared if You’re Not to Be Respected”Gawker once held itself apart from a media it saw as cautious and compromised. It can’t do that anymore. 
July 17 2015 11:15 PMStill Throwing RocksThe Gawker of 2015 looks way too much like the Gawker of 2007.
July 16 2015 12:54 PMWithout the BeatlesThe three strange Lennon-McCartney hits that went to No. 1 without Lennon or McCartney—and what they tell us about the secret to recording a smash.
July 12 2015 7:57 PMThe Evolution of SeinfeldFor a show about nothing, the sitcom changed a lot over its nine-year run.
July 10 2015 11:15 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?I came back from vacation and personally, singlehandedly, all on my own, made the magazine great.
Aug. 14 2015 6:17 AMWhat Happened at Slate Since I Got Here?How I went from new guy who somehow got a key to the building to actual real deal Slate editor.
Aug. 12 2015 5:48 AM“Everything Is Not The WireDavid Simon would like you to stop trying to understand what’s going on in Baltimore by quoting his TV show.
Aug. 11 2015 10:01 AM“Nobody Loves You. Nobody Sees You. Nobody Touches You.”How books and films explore, and obscure, the sexuality of teen girls.
Aug. 10 2015 5:30 AMNothing Was the SameIn another era, Meek Mill might have had the upper hand in his beef with Drake—an era before Drake rewrote all the rules.
Aug. 3 2015 4:08 PMHas Kendrick Lamar Recorded the New Black National Anthem?Singing “Alright” in a summer of protest, despair, and hope.
July 31 2015 10:57 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Aisha Harris rounds up some shocking, informative, and hilarious reads.
July 31 2015 9:45 AMFeat. Don’t Fail Me NowThe rise of the featured rapper in pop music.
July 26 2015 9:03 PMAmy, What You Wanna Do?There’s more ahead of Amy Schumer than rom-coms. Mapping a course for a comedy star in the making.
July 24 2015 5:45 AMAshley Monroe’s Long Hard RoadHow a woman becomes a country star when country radio won’t play women.
July 22 2015 4:31 PMTo See Which Way the Wind BlowsA new book explores what really happened the night Dylan went electric.
July 19 2015 6:58 PM“What Did You Bring to Play for Me Today?”The concertos—and the lessons—I learned from my two greatest teachers.
July 17 2015 12:13 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?How I learned that you shouldn’t assume the worst of people solely because they disagree with you about a TV show.
July 13 2015 5:41 PMA Conversation with Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe author of Between the World and Me discusses the Charleston shooting, the end of the Obama presidency, and why he never read To Kill a Mockingbird.
July 10 2015 1:37 PMAs the South Looks BackwardI grew up in the South and spent years battling my own racism. As the flag comes down, here’s what I learned.
July 3 2015 10:14 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Outward writer Bryan Lowder on his very happy week.