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.

The GOPs Comeback Plan; How the party will pivot on immigration, gay marriage, and health care to win over American voters. By William Saletan.
The New Grand Old Party: The defeat of 2012 is forcing Republicans to rethink what they stand for. What will the new conservatism look like? By William Saletan.

Design by Holly Allen

Introducing The Vault. A blog about historical oddities and treasures.
Introducing The Vault. A blog about historical oddities and treasures.

Design by Holly Allen

Should We Ship American Coal to China? The brewing fight over the construction of Pacific Coast coal ports could determine the health of an industry—and the planet.
Should We Ship American Coal to China? The brewing fight over the construction of Pacific Coast coal ports could determine the health of an industry—and the planet. By Matthew Yglesias

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

How We Walk. The strange things scientists learn when they study the pedestrian. By Tom Vanderbilt.
The Crisis in American Walking: How we got off the pedestrian path. By Tom Vanderbilt.

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Get Your Butt Off My Sidewalk. First it was planes. Then restaurants. Then parks. William Saletan on where smoking will be banned next.
Smoke Screening: Where will the government outlaw smoking next? To find out, read its polls.By William Saletan

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Dirty Money The astonishing new data showing that simply eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies could achieve half the world’s carbon reduction goals.
Dirty Money: The astonishing new data showing that simply eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies could achieve half the world’s carbon reduction goals. By Matthew Yglesias

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

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

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Slate's Homeland TV Club, Season 2 June Thomas and Asra Q. Nomani discuss the season premiere. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/tv_club/features/2012/homeland_season_2/week_1/homeland_recap_and_episode_guide_season_2_premiere_reviewed_.html
Slate's Homeland TV Club, Season 2 June Thomas and Asra Q. Nomani discuss the season premiere.

Design by Andrew Morgan

Quackery and Mumbo-Jumbo in the U.S. Military: Cupping, moxibustion, and battlefield acupuncture are endangering troops. By Harriet Hall
Quackery and Mumbo-Jumbo in the U.S. Military: Cupping, moxibustion, and battlefield acupuncture are endangering troops. By Harriet Hall

Design by Andrew Morgan

Grapefruit Is Disgusting: Why you shouldn’t give it to your loved ones as a holiday gift. Or to anyone, ever. By Katy Waldman
Grapefruit Is Disgusting: Why you shouldn’t give it to your loved ones as a holiday gift. Or to anyone, ever. By Katy Waldman

Design by Andrew Morgan

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:

Pop Art. The brilliant redesign of the soda can tab. By Tom Vanderbilt
Pop Art. The brilliant redesign of the soda can tab. By Tom Vanderbilt

Design by Holly Allen

The runner-up, designed by Holly Allen:

Birds As You’ve Never Seen Them
Birds As You’ve Never Seen Them By Daphnee Denis

Design by Holly Allen

The Facebook-poll winner, designed by Andrew Morgan:

The Untimely Death of Prog Rock:" Before it became a joke, prog was the future of rock ‘n’ roll.
The Untimely Death of Prog Rock:" Before it became a joke, prog was the future of rock ‘n’ roll. By David Weigel

Design by Andrew Morgan