“It Wasn’t Just Character. It Was Circumstances.”John Swansburg and his editor Jessica Winter talk about how his history of the self-made man came to life.
DoubleX Gabfest: The Deposed Scumbags EditionListen to Slate’s show about Terry Richardson and Dov Charney, Lana Del Rey, and freezing your eggs.
DoubleX Gabfest: The Fully Responsive EditionListen to Slate’s show about Laverne Cox, Slender Man, and dating tech guys.
The Audio Book Club
The Audio Book Club Visits the Dept. of SpeculationSlate’s critics debate Jenny Offill’s novel of art’s struggle with domesticity.
The Culture Gabfest “Green Handshake” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Muppets Most Wanted, High Maintenance, and the evolution of tipping.
Don’t Listen to Woody Allen’s Biggest DefenderWhy are so many journalists lauding Robert Weide’s sleazy, passive-aggressive attack on Mia Farrow and her daughter?
I Want to Live in Spike Jonze’s FutureCool phones. Great pants. A reassuringly familiar undertone of melancholy.
Who Gets to Be Poor?A viral essay shows that we’re confused about the difference between “downwardly mobile” and “impoverished.”
DoubleX Gabfest: The Daddy’s Little Princess EditionListen to Slate’s show about social media misogyny, low-wage workers’ unpredictable work hours, and benevolent sexism.
DoubleX Gabfest: The Babies, Books, and Beaches EditionListen to Slate’s show about women losing in court while gays are winning, surrogacy, and summer reading.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Slate’s business and technology editor shares her favorite reads of the week.
DoubleX Gabfest: The #Hashtag EditionListen to Slate’s show about #yesallwomen, paid menstrual leave, and Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso.
That Was ... CuriousRussia’s Adelina Sotnikova beat Yuna Kim to win figure skating gold. But did she really deserve to win?
From Single to Double to TripleThe evolution of the jump in women’s figure skating, from 1936 to 2014.
Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow: Just the Facts Digging deeper into Robert B. Weide’s misleading Daily Beast story.
Did Woody Allen Molest His Adopted Daughter 22 Years Ago?Let’s take a break from the Hollywood tributes to him and reconsider the evidence.
TODAY IN SLATE
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?
Smash and Grab
Smash and Grab Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?
I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.
Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy
It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?
Even After College, Some Poor Students Stay Poor
You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
Bio-Inspiration Is Finally Delivering Inventions Based on Porcupines, Parasites, and Of Course Geckos
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.