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Meanwhile here’s your weekend covered:
- Jamelle Bouie on Trump: “He has demonstrated that Republican voters will forgive any kind of ideological deviance as long as it’s paired with explicit prejudice.” This week, he “crossed one of the brightest lines in American politics.” But there’s no way he’s dropping out.
- Our boss Jacob Weisberg was a college student when he wrote this profile of Trump surrogate Roger Stone. It holds up!
- If you, like me, are fascinated by the way candidates prepare for debates, you must read this advice from “Sarah Palin” for whoever plays Donald Trump.
- Isaac Chotiner has been enlivening Slate with his probing interviews all year, and his conversation with Jonathan Franzen is a standout.
- What would an episode of Seinfeld set a week after 9/11 have been like? Exactly like this.
Not From Slate
- World’s greatest preteen reporter tells all!
- This company ran a secret undercover project to buy up its own mayo. (Slate was unimpressed by its product in 2013.)
- Josh Marshall has been perceptive on Trump’s decision-making from the beginning, and his theory on how Trump will weasel out of the debates is … plausible.
- The world’s most civil person (Slate’s own John Dickerson) talked to the world’s least civil website (Reddit). Guess who won? (Spoiler: It’s a delightful conversation.)
- Why do apps insist on talking to us as though we’re children?
Very Short Q-and-A
Slate Plus: The Olympics begin this weekend! You are in charge of Slate’s Olympics coverage. What makes you excited about covering the Olympics?
Josh Levin: The Olympics are, in many ways, indefensible, but they are also extremely fun, and they bring the world together in a way few other events do. And every two years—but really every four years, because the Winter Olympics are lame—the Olympics bring Slate together, with writers across various sections chiming in with their thoughts on the politics of the games and the public health implications and the gymnasts’ hair. (That piece is coming.) I love being able to commission and edit pieces from the nonsportswriting likes of Katy Waldman and Will Oremus and Henry Grabar. And I love working with my friend and colleague Justin Peters, who’s been blogging the Olympics for Slate since 2012. The Olympics are deeply, deeply strange, and Justin is the guy I want guiding me through those unfamiliar beach volleyball courts and archery … fields? Wait, they’re actually called ranges—I just asked Justin. So that’s what I love: I love that every four years, we care about the places that people do archery.
Thanks, Josh! Go for the gold!
And thank you for your Slate Plus membership, which makes our journalism possible. See you next week!
Editorial director, Slate Plus
P.S. Our other boss, Julia Turner, will be talking with Laura Miller about our Year of Great Books selection, Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers, on Aug. 30 in New York. It’s free for Plus members. Join us!