A selection of Slate's best stories from 2001.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
Dec. 26 2001 2:09 PM

The Year in Recycled Slate Stories

Print magazines put out double issues when they need a week's vacation, online magazines recycle. Collected below is a list of Slate's favorite pieces of 2001 for you to read while we're busy with the holidays. Readers, please post your favorites in "The Fray."

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The story of the year was the war (more on that later), but Slate ran many pieces on less important topics (bestiality, anyone?) that were a touch more … diverting. Take, for example, Michael Schaffer's defense of 1970s sports stadiums or Dahlia Lithwick's "Faces of NPR" quiz, which invited readers to match faces to the NPR names they know so well. Below is a list of some of some of Slate's best stories, war-related and otherwise.

On the Field
Drinking and Driving: A call for more liquor on the links.
By Robert Mackey      

On Screen
In the Bedroom
By David Edelstein

Mulholland Drive
By David Edelstein

Ghost World
By David Edelstein

Bridget Jones's Diary
By David Edelstein

Baywatch: The final jiggle.

By Seth Stevenson

On the Page

The Book Club: Richard Reeves' President Nixon: Alone in the White House

By Ted Widmer and Christopher Caldwell

The Book Club: Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

By James Fallows and Christopher Caldwell    

The Book Club: Fast Food Nation

By Katha Pollitt and Marjorie Williams

On Finance

Meet the New Boss

By Rob Walker

Diaries

Reproduction

The Seed Series, by David Plotz

A Defense of the '90s

By Jacob Weisberg

Puzzles

2001: A Crossword Odyssey

By Matt Gaffney

Three in a Row

By Matt Gaffney

Merrie Olde Systeme of Chusing a Leader

By Matt Gaffney                      

(As They Would Say on Jeopardy) Potpourri

Is Disappearing: What TV news doing to our precious verbs.

By Michael Kinsley

The Decline of Fashion Photography

By Karen Lehrman                  

On the War

Sept. 11 Dispatch From Tribeca

By Jacob Weisberg

Sept. 12 Dispatch From Tribeca

By Jacob Weisberg                 

Why Do Terrorists Hate Us?

By William Saletan       

Why Is It Legal To Own Anthrax?

By Timothy Noah        

How Do You Spell Osama?

By Chris Suellentrop    

W.H. Auden on Bin Laden

By Eric McHenry

A Theory of Everything

By Robert Wright        

How Missile Defense Helps Terrorists

By Robert Wright        

On Islam

Muslims and Modernity

By Robert Wright        

Mideast Titles Glossary

By Chris Suellentrop

Islam: A Glossary

By Chris Suellentrop

Eliza Truitt, a former editor at Slate, now works as a wedding photographer in Seattle.

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Smash and Grab

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The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Technocracy

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These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

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