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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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."

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"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

Foreigners

The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The Feds Have Declared War on Encryption—and the New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You

It spreads slowly.

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative

Crime

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Activists Are Trying to Save an Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?