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:


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Welcome to 13th Grade!

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The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Oct. 23 2014 11:51 AM It Seems No One Is Rich or Happy: I Looked
Atlas Obscura
Oct. 23 2014 1:34 PM Leave Me Be Beneath a Tree: Trunyan Cemetery in Bali
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 12:01 PM Who Is Constantine, and Should You Watch His New Show?
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.