This week marks Slate's first anniversary. To celebrate the occasion--and to give you something to read during our week off--we've assembled a sampler of pieces from that first year for you to enjoy. Click on the title (or icon) to view the article in its original Web form, or click on "Word.doc" for a printable Microsoft Word version of the piece.
Of course, the full year's contents are available in "The Compost."
TODAY IN SLATE
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.
The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly
How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.
A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.