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
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
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.