“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.
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Transformers: Age of ExtinctionTwo Slate staffers try—and fail—to explain what happens in the franchise’s fourth film.
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“We Get Really Nerdy About Why a Headline Works”Slate’s editors in a roundtable about heds, deks, annoying clickbait, and more.
The Culture Gabfest “Working-Class Slag From a Crap Town” EditionSlate’s podcast about the new film Drinking Buddies, increasing human life expectancy, and Simon Doonan’s latest book The Asylum.
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Slate Voice: “The Self-Made Man” Listen to Slate’s John Swansburg read his story on the myth of the self-made man.
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This Headline Might Change Your LifeEditorial director John Swansburg chats about a hyperbolic Slate headline with its author.
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Dear Warren BuffettI have a perfect bracket, 16 for 16. I’m on my way to $1 billion. But I’m willing to negotiate.
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How to Write a Cover Letter for SlateA Reddit Ask Me Anything with Slate editorial director John Swansburg.
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