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March 9 2011 7:18 AM

The SlateEndorsements

Books, music, movies, and other stuff Slate writers 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 a "Dear Prudence" or "Fighting Words" column. So at the start of every month, we'll be publishing 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.

February 2011

Books

Emma Donoghue's Room
(Recommended by Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Margaret Talbot in "The Audio Book Club on Room")

Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands
(Recommended by Ron Rosenbaum in "Stalin's Cannibals")

T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done
(Recommended by Wendy Smith in "Red in Tooth and Claw")

Evgeny Morozov's Net Delusion
(Recommended by Torie Bosch in "Tangled Web")

Thomas Mann's "Herr und Hund" ("A Man and His Dog")
(Recommended by John Swansburg in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Church of High Modernism and Puppies' Edition")

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts' Harlem Is Nowhere
(Recommended by Laura Moser in "DoubleX Book of the Week: Harlem Is Nowhere")

Annie Proulx's Bird Cloud
(Recommended by Julia Felsenthal in "DoubleX Book of the Week: Bird Cloud")

Barbara Babcock's Woman Lawyer
(Recommended by Dahlia Lithwick in "DoubleX Book of the Week: Woman Lawyer")

Music
James Blake's James Blake
(Recommended by Jonah Weiner in "Hearing Voices")

Grant Green's Idle Moments
(Recommended by Stephen Metcalf in "The Culture Gabfest, 'My Eyeballs Feel Like Boiled Eggs' Edition")

Leonard Cohen's "Tonight Will Be Fine"
(Recommended by Stephen Metcalf in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Tear Down This Pay Wall' Edition")

Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack"
(Recommended by Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Reality is Statham' Edition")

Movies

James L. Brooks' Broadcast News
(Recommended by Dan Kois in "We Need More Women Like Jane Craig")

Miguel Arteta's Cedar Rapids
(Recommended by Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, 'My Eyeballs Feel Like Boiled Eggs' Edition")

Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Let's Talk Oscars")

Jason Statham in The Mechanic
(Recommended by Troy Patterson, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Reality is Statham' Edition")

Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us
(Recommended by Elbert Ventura in "Night Catches Us")

Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "Thelma and Louise")

The Criterion Collection on Hulu
(Recommendations by Slate staffers in "Hulu and Criterion Team Up to Send You to Film School")

Television
Mr. Sunshine
(Recommended by Troy Patterson in "Mr. Sunshine")

Ebert Presents at the Movies
(Recommended by Troy Patterson in "Return of the Thumb")

Other
Christian Marclay's 24-hour cinematic timepiece The Clock
(Recommended by Dana Stevens in "The Culture Gabfest, 'My Eyeballs Feel Like Boiled Eggs' Edition")

Southern California's classic hip-hop station 93.5 KDAY
(Recommended by Julia Turner in "The Culture Gabfest, 'Reality is Statham' Edition")

TODAY IN SLATE

History

The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

The First Case of Ebola in America Has Been Diagnosed in Dallas

Why Indians in America Are Mad for India’s New Prime Minister

Damned Spot

Now Stare. Don’t Stop.

The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Don’t Panic! The U.S. Already Stops Ebola and Similar Diseases From Spreading. Here’s How.

Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD

The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 30 2014 6:59 PM The Democrats’ War at Home Can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
  Life
Gaming
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 4:45 PM Steven Soderbergh Is Doing Some Next-Level Work on The Knick
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 6:44 PM Ebola Was Already Here How the United States contains deadly hemorrhagic fevers.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.