The procrastination stories we never finished.

A brief history of wasting time.
May 15 2008 6:41 AM

The Unfinished Stories

All the stuff we never got around to including in the special issue.

Read more from Slate's special issue on procrastination.

Time for a confession: This special issue was originally planned for the week of May 5. Seriously. We'd planned to publish that Monday morning, but there was one problem: Only a handful of our writers had managed to get their work in on time.

Even after pushing everything back a week, we still couldn't get it all together. Below is a schedule for stories that we assigned, or thought about assigning, but never got around to finishing:

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Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

 

Tuesday
"Telephones, Newspapers, and a Cup of Joe: How we wasted time before computers."

"Doing Things vs. Not Doing Them: Which is better for the environment?"

"The Four-Hour Work Week: How telecommuting changed America."

"Secrets of the Zune: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on staying ahead in the new economy."

 

Wednesday
"Hitler, Schmitler: Neville Chamberlain and other great figures in political procrastination."

"The Procrastinating Parent: How old is too old for circumcision?"

"Slate's 2008 Oscars Preview: Will Cate Blanchett win again?"

"The Superdelegate's Dilemma: Hillary vs. Obama vs. The Hills."

Thursday
"Too Lazy To Pimp: The many distractions of Grand Theft Auto IV."

"Home Vacation: Day 3, exploring the basement."

"Slate Diary: Axl Rose."

TODAY IN SLATE

History

Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.