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



Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor

Here’s Just How Far a Southern Woman May Have to Drive to Get an Abortion

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?


Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The Procedural Rule That Could Prevent Gay Marriage From Reaching SCOTUS Again

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