In Defense of the Digital Umbilical CordI’m 26 and still on my parents’ cellphone plan. That’s a good thing.
The Language Time MachineGoogle’s Ngram Viewer gave us a new way to explore history, but has it led to any real discoveries?
Furious at Facebook Again!When a man tried to return my lost laptop, Facebook hid his messages from me. How come?
The Mystery of the Little Norwegian ChessmenA new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases strange and charming chess pieces from the Middle Ages.
Say Cheese, Mr. PresidentA new traveling exhibit highlights the most captivating presidential photography of the past 50 years.
Let’s Abolish Religion!How two British atheists convinced a crowd of New Yorkers that the world would be better off without faith at last night’s Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Religion Doesn’t Make People Immoral, Being Human DoesAn interview with Rabbi David Wolpe: Why he’ll argue against the motion,"The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion," at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
The Developing World Needs More Female Internet UsersA new report outlines some ways to make it happen.
The Future of Food: Five FrontiersHow nanotechnology, vertical farms, and lab-grown meat may change the way you eat.
You Did Not See Mommy Kissing Santa Claus I spoiled Santa for a classmate in third grade and have felt guilty about it ever since.
An Angsty Queen, A Deadly Elephant and Other Early Chess Pieces From the Cloisters Collection
In Praise of the Small ThanksgivingI used to wish for more guests at my holiday dinner. Now I know better.
Who Is the Planned Parenthood Defector Who Testified Before Congress? She’s become a born-again anti-abortion activist, but her story is dodgy.
How Does a Male Dominatrix Work? Read what host Arun Venugopal asked a male dominatrix about pain, pleasure, and the professional world of S&M.
How Do You Write History for Teenagers? M.T. Anderson writes erudite books about serious topics—and young adults love them.
The Shame of Finding Your Younger Self Online Whether your politics have changed or you’ve simply become more cynical, confronting your digital past can be cringeworthy.