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June 1 2010 4:07 PM

The Slate Endorsements

Books, music, movies, and other stuff Slatewriters liked last month.

Slate critics and columnists often recommend all sorts of useful and fascinating stuff: books, documentaries, albums, television shows, new gadgets, and the like. Sometimes these endorsements appear in obvious spots (like our movie reviews), but just as often, they come in unexpected places, like in a "Dear Prudence" or "Fighting Words" column. So at the start of every month, we publish a handy roundup of all the things we like, since we figure you'd like some of these things, too. Take a look at our latest favorites, and remember you can purchase SlateT-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise at the Slatestore.

May 2010


Annie Cohen-Solal's Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli
(Recommended by Eric Banks in "The Art Dealer of the Century")

Everyman's Library edition of The Stories of Ray Bradbury
Recommended by Nathaniel Rich in "Mythologist of Our Age")

Matt Debenham's The Book of Right and Wrong
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Chung Chung' Edition")

Pauline Kael's I Lost It at the Movies
(Recommended by Stephen Metcalf in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Chung Chung' Edition")

Charles Harper's Birds and Words
(Recommended by Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, 'First Ever Live Gabfest' Edition")

Milton Rokeach's The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
(Recommended by Vaughan Bell in "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus")


Thomas Balmès' Babies
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Babies!")

Ken Loach's Looking for Eric
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Ken Loach's Looking for Eric")

Kevin Asch's Holy Rollers
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in " Holy Rollers")

Alejandro Amenábar's Agora
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Alejandro Amenábar's Agora")

Shane Meadow's  This Is England
(Recommended by Stephen Metcalf in "The Culture Gabfest 'Optimization of Selfhood' Edition")

Roman Coppola's CQ
(Recommended by Jody Rosen in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Chung Chung' Edition")



Daria: The Complete Animated Series
(Recommended by Reihan Salam in "Daria")


David Cope's From Darkness, Light
(Recommended by Chris Wilson in "I'll Be Bach")

Giuseppe Tartini's The Devil's Sonata, performed by Andrew Manze
(Recommended by Jody Rosen in "The Culture Gabfest, 'The First Ever Live Gabfest' Edition")

The music of Hank Jones
(Recommended by Stephen Metcalf in "The Culture Gabfest, 'The First Ever Live Gabfest' Edition")


Berlin's Film Museum
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Optimization of Selfhood' Edition")

KCRW's weekly radio show and podcast The Business
(Recommended by Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Bigger Explosions, Smaller Laughs' Edition")

March 2010


Ian McEwan's Solar
(Recommended by Adam Kirsch in "The Slippery Scientist")

Ira Berlin's The Making of African America
(Recommended by Jacqueline Jones in "Black Like Whom?")

Martha Nussbaum's From Disgust to Humanity
(Recommended by Dahlia Lithwick in "Why Has a Divided America Taken Gay Rights Seriously?")

Paul Berman's The Flight of the Intellectuals
(Recommended by Ron Rosenbaum in "Bonfire of the Intellectuals")

Attica Locke's Black Water Rising
(Recommended by Political Gabfest listener Tayari Jones in "A Matter of Faith Gabfest")

Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
(Recommended by Political Gabfest listener Joshua Leach in "The 'We're All Headed for Tyranny' Gabfest")

Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale
(Recommended by Political Gabfest listener Steve Flynn in "The Tickle Fight Gabfest")

Robert Graves' I, Claudius
(Recommended by Political Gabfest listener MaryClaire King in "The Live From New York Gabfest")

Stephen King's Under the Dome
(Recommended by Political Gabfest listener Bridget Braney in "The Crazy as a Loon Gabfest")

David Foster Wallace's essay Tense Present
(Recommended by Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, #1 Record Edition")

Michael O'Brien's Mrs. Adams in Winter
(Recommended by Christine Stansell in "Mrs. Adams' Big Adventure")


Noah Baumbach's Greenberg
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Bitter Focker")

Bong Joon-Ho's Mother
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Take This Bong Hit")

Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow
(Recommended by Jessica Winter in "Make Way for Tomorrow")


Dancing With the Stars
(Recommended by Troy Patterson in "Dancing With the Stars")


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Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

The U.S. Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria Will Probably Benefit America’s Other Enemies

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

It’s Not Easy for Me, but I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

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