The Best Slate Covers of 2013

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Dec. 27 2013 7:05 AM

The Best Slate Covers of 2013

The best covers of the year.

Design by Andrew Morgan.

Design by Andrew Morgan.

The Platinum Coin Option (Jan. 3, 2013)

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Refugees of the Modern World (April 13, 2013)
The "electrosensitive" are moving to a cellphone-free town.  But is their disease real?


Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Long Lives Made Humans Human (Sept. 9, 2013)
Old people were invented in the Paleolithic Age and perfected in the 20th century.


Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo


Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs (Sept. 9, 2013)
Why are we so sure that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo; illustration byGreg Ruth

The Men Who Eat Everything (Nov. 7, 2013)
A New Yorker writer looks at the fringes of food culture.


Design by Holly Allen


Design by Holly Allen

Thesis Hatement (April 5, 2013)
Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor.


Design by Holly Allen

The Magnificent Nightmare of the Billy Bookcase (Aug. 22, 2013)
Ikea is so good at so many things.  Why is it so bad at delivery?


Design by Holly Allen

Men Should Wear Makeup (Sept. 20, 2013)
This is my final column for Slate, so I'm going out on a limb.  Guys, pick up the airbrush already.


Design by Holly Allen

No Thanksgivukkah (Nov. 24, 2013)
The portmanteau holiday is bad for Jews and bad for America.


Design by Derreck Johnson

Pain In the Assad, Continued (Sept. 13, 2013)
Syria won't follow through on chemical weapons compliance unless we stay ready to strike.


Design by Derreck Johnson

Cool Story (Sept. 30, 2013)
What does "cool" even mean in 2013?


Design by Derreck Johnson

Hana's Story (Nov. 9, 2013)
An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again.


Design by Derreck Johnson

The Filibuster Had to Be Killed (Nov. 21, 2013)
How the Republican minority had turned it into an obscene weapon for obstructionism, delay and political mischief.


Design by Derreck Johnson

Why'd Oswald Do It? (Nov. 21, 2013)
It may all come down to a party in Mexico City.


Design by Andrew Morgan, illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Is Your Electric Fan Trying to Kill You? (Jan. 22, 2013)
Fan death in Korea, the dangers of wearing red in the Philippines, and other momisms from around the world.

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Cats Are Evil (Jan. 23, 2013)
Why New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife.


Design by Andrew Morgan, illustration by Charlie Powell

Please Do Not Chillax (March 6, 2013)
Adjoinages and the death of the American pun.

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Why I Study Duck Genitalia (April 2, 2013)
Fox News and other conservative sites miss the point of basic science.

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Designed by Natalie Matthews-Ramo



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The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

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There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

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Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

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