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."

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

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
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
  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?