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

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

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  News & Politics
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  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 18 2014 6:00 AM All Shook Up My 11-year-old has been exploring herself with my “back massager.” Should I stop her?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 18 2014 7:30 AM Red and Green Ghosts Haunt the Stormy Night
  Sports
Sports Nut
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