Since our founding in 1996 (1996!), Slate has published tens of thousands of articles. We’ve asked a group of former Slatesters to direct you to pieces they remember fondly from their time at the magazine.
From 2008–2013, Farhad Manjoo was Slate’s technology columnist. Manjoo, the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, currently writes about technology at the New York Times.
My favorite Slate piece?
It’s so hard to pick one, especially since I wrote so many great ones. But the one that I always pass out to friends is John Swansburg’s 2008 rant against birthday dinners, with the outstanding headline “Happy Birthday, You Bastard: Under no circumstances will I be attending your stupid birthday dinner.”
It’s hilarious, it’s right on, it’s contrarian in the best Slate tradition, and conceptually, it’s both obvious and surprising: Even though everyone hates being roped in to expensive, impersonal birthday dinners, nobody had made that point until John did.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here
I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.