It was not painfully funny, but merely painful, to make the selection for our 10th-anniversary anthology, The Best of Slate. In 10 years, Slate has published something like 33,000 articles under 2,000 different bylines. These are some of our favorites. Whatever else you might say about them, they are some of the Slate-iest pieces we've published. If you are not already a member, they will initiate you into the club.
This article is adapted from the introduction to The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology. Click here to buy the book.