The Best Slate Covers of 2012

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Dec. 30 2012 5:00 AM

The Best Slate Covers of 2012

Best of 2012

It’s the time of year when we take a fond look back at our favorite Slate covers from 2012. To add some suspense, we polled readers on Facebook to choose the top three. Scroll on through to see what they thought. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.

Whatever Happened to Sarcasm? Everyone is so sincere these days. It's annoying. By Simon Doonan
Who Killed Sarcasm? We’re trapped in an era of sincerity. Let us out! By Simon Doonan

Design by Holly Allen, illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Sun Hats. Great Magnum photographs.
Sun Hats: Great Magnum photographs.

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

America's Food Factories Why making a Chipotle burrito or a McDonald's Big Mac should be considered manufacturing.  By Matthew Yglesias
America's Food Factories: Why making a Chipotle burrito or a McDonald's Big Mac should be considered manufacturing. By Matthew Yglesias

Design by Andrew Morgan

No. 3 in our Facebook poll, designed by Holly Allen:

The runner-up, designed by Holly Allen:

The Facebook-poll winner, designed by Andrew Morgan:

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
The World
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  Business
Moneybox
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  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
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  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
  Arts
Behold
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
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