The Beauty of Slow DeteriorationNew electronic music that’s nostalgic for the sounds of the VHS era.
The Next DayDavid Bowie’s excellent new album is a return to his high '70s form without being a retread.
Lost CauseOn his new “album”—it’s actually a collection of sheet music—Beck tries to revive the days of singing ‘round the piano.
Free SamplesIs De La Soul’s long fight to release its music digitally finally over—or just beginning?
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2013Entry 7: “Blurred Lines” should be banished from this solar system.
Lou Reed’s Palm PilotThe late artist was a rock god and the epitome of New York cool. He was also a big nerd.
Daft Punk’s Random Access MemoriesTotally undanceable, dafter than ever—and a wire-to-wire triumph.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
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
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s It really began at a girls’ reform school.
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
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Behind the Scenes
Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.