Isaac Butler
Isaac Butler

Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, most recently of Real Enemies, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is co-writing The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, with Dan Kois.

Conspiracy Thrillers
June 20 2017 8:00 AMConspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Conversation and Enemy of the StateBefore 9/11, the idea of constant government surveillance seemed extreme. Now we take it for granted.
Culture Gabfest
June 14 2017 10:40 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Thus Always to Tyrants” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Mommy Dead and Dearest, the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar controversy, and the new podcast Hi-Phi Nation.
Books
Feb. 10 2017 4:20 PMThe Abominable Mr. SeabrookThe story of one of the most fascinating, outrageous humans ever to live was lost to history. Until Joe Ollmann decided to draw it.
Brow Beat
Jan. 19 2017 12:27 PMJohn Lewis’ March Puts Obama’s Legacy in Heartbreaking Perspective
Brow Beat
Nov. 23 2016 1:02 PMDonald Trump’s Love of Evita Says a Lot About His Presidency
Cover Story
June 28 2016 9:01 PMAngels in America: The Complete Oral HistoryHow Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
TV Club Podcast
June 20 2016 1:42 PMGame of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 9.
TV Club Podcast
May 23 2016 2:31 PMGame of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 5.
Culturebox
Jan. 27 2016 5:30 AMWhat Errol Morris Thinks of Making a MurdererThe master documentarian on our true-crime fascination and the lessons of The Thin Blue Line.
Theater
Nov. 11 2015 5:45 AMWhy Is Othello Black?Understanding why Shakespeare made his tortured, tragic hero a Moor.
Theater
Sept. 20 2015 8:11 PMIs Hamlet Fat?A Slate investigation.
The XX Factor
April 11 2013 9:00 AMIn Defense of Romeo and Juliet
Culture Gabfest
June 15 2017 3:23 PMThe Unexpected Genius of Car BoysWhat makes two dudes simulating car crashes such compelling viewing?
Brow Beat
June 12 2017 1:36 PMIt’s Outrageous to Suggest That Any Production of Julius Caesar Could Glamorize Assassination
Culturebox
Jan. 25 2017 10:15 AMWhy Do So Many Actors [Whispery Growl] Talk Like This?A Slate investigation.
Books
Dec. 6 2016 11:31 AMThe Last BattleDavid France’s remarkable history of the fight against AIDS is a chronicle of the recent past that sheds light on the fights to come.
Culturebox
Nov. 7 2016 10:56 AMThe Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
TV Club Podcast
June 27 2016 1:28 PMGame of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 10.
Brow Beat
June 8 2016 8:02 AMAmadeus: Peter Shaffer’s Enduring Portrait of Genius (and Mediocrity)
Brow Beat
April 17 2016 1:33 PMWhy Fans of Hamilton Should Be Delighted It’s Finally Stirring Criticism
Books
Jan. 5 2016 3:05 PMShakespeare’s WorldA fascinating new collection of essays profiles the people in Shakespeare’s life, from his wife to his actors to his landlord.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2015 10:23 AMMy Two-Year Quest to Identify the Mystery Song That Taught Me to Love Jazz
Culturebox
June 12 2014 11:59 AMThe Tragedie of Scar, King of Pride RockThe Shakespearean grandeur of The Lion King’s villain.