Blackness VisibleClaudia Rankine’s poems explore how to write about yourself when your language pretends you don’t exist.
Steak-Umm out of Sacred CowsPatricia Lockwood’s poetry, and the discomfort it’s meant to cause squares like me.
The Love of Two People Staring in the Same DirectionA new book of poems from American master Frank Bidart.
Love Letters to Kenny G, Dave Chappelle, and RuPaulMarcus Wicker’s poetry buzzes with the energy, and loneliness, of pop culture.
The Book of InjusticeTarfia Faizullah’s poems wrestle with the mass rapes of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
The Beautiful Uncut Hair of GravesBrian Teare’s poetry is about grass, but it’s also about life and death.
The Wheat and the ChaffLucille Clifton is the rare poet good enough to survive the Collected Poems treatment.
Procedural Purgatory It’s time to stop asking when Loretta Lynch will be confirmed and start wondering if she ever will be.
Biggest Sellout Now that Guinness World Records is in bed with publicity-seeking companies, can we trust it?
What Happened at Slate This Week? Alison Griswold describes her experience reporting on the Germanwings tragedy.
Is This Thing On? The fierce debate over whether we should try to contact extraterrestrial life or wait for aliens to contact us.
Don’t Blame It on Depression That’s not what made the Germanwings co-pilot murder 149 people.
Even Lufthansa’s Exhaustive Psychiatric Tests Couldn’t Have Stopped a Tragedy Like the Germanwings Crash