Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Sarcasm Land in a Text. They’re Soooooo Smart.
Star Wars VirginsTwo Slate writers who wouldn’t know a Jedi from a nerf herder go see The Force Awakens.
Dancing in a Vineyard: We Discuss the Latest Episode of Serial
Bowe Bergdahl Will Be Court-Martialed, Could Face Life in Prison
How Serial Season 2’s Snazzy Sound Design Drives Home Its Big Themes
Watch George Saunders Read Stephen Colbert a Sweetly Desperate Bedtime Story
From Sleeper Cells to Sleeping Around: A Brief History of an Extremely Versatile Word
There Once Was a GirlAgainst the false narratives of anorexia.
“Is It Too Late to Back Out Now?”Katy Waldman discusses writing about anorexia and literature.
Claire Vaye Watkins’ “On Pandering” Has a Very Limited Definition of “Male Writers”
Why Researchers Are Suddenly Obsessed with Elevator Pitches
Verbing Weirds Language, but in a Good Way
This Year’s Word of the Year Isn’t Even a Word 😂😂😂
Yale Students Erupt in Anger Over Administrators Caring More About Free Speech Than Safe Spaces
Alice in UnderlandGregory Maguire’s latest fairy tale sends her into the afterlife.
Serial Season 2 Is Not As Riveting As Season 1. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Worse.
Sister SnoozeTina Fey and Amy Poehler coast in a limp comedy about siblings who can’t grow up.
Anadiplosis Uses Repetition. Repetition Confers Emphasis. Emphasis Creates Great Power.
Researchers Have Figured Out Why the Word Snunkoople Is Funny
Serial Is Back! And We’re Here to Discuss the New Season.
The Audio Book Club Invokes Fates and FuriesSlate critics debate Lauren Groff’s ambitious new novel.
Congrats, America! “Active Shooter” Used to Describe a Sportsman. Now It Means a Mass Killer.
Kurt and BernardA double biography of Kurt and Bernard Vonnegut as they planted the seeds of the postwar era.
Katy Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2015A year in which marginalized voices spoke powerfully to the mainstream, and perished voices rose from the dead.
The Newly Unearthed Faulkner Play Suggests That Faulkner Maybe Actually Hated Women
Dear Media Critics: Stop Cherry-Picking Dopey Headlines to Explain a Publication’s Demise
Why Do We Always Turn to John Lennon’s “Imagine” After a Violent Tragedy?
Don’t Sleep on “Don’t Sleep on.” The Phrase Is Evidence of the War on Sleep.
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The Audio Book Club Weeps Over A Little LifeSlate critics debate Hanya Yanagihara’s misery-soaked epic.
A Conversation With Philip PullmanThe Golden Compass author on loneliness, Romanticism, the meaning of the “young adult” label, and why we all want daemons.