A Chris Thile Superfan Explains Why His A Prairie Home Companion Hosting Gig Is Such a Big Deal
The Audio Book Club Squints at All the Light We Cannot SeeSlate critics debate Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II novel.
The Audio Book Club
The Audio Book Club Flies With H Is for HawkSlate critics debate Helen MacDonald’s shape-shifting grief memoir.
Frontiers of the StuplimeSitting in on UPenn’s controversial seminar in “Wasting Time on the Internet.”
Slate Voice: “Bitch, I’ll Tell You Why This Sentence Construction Is So Effective”Listen to Katy Waldman read about the perfect sentence construction—and what makes it it’s so powerful.
The NYT’s Summer Reading List Is All Books From White Writers. That’s Not Its Only Problem.
The History of American Slavery
Slave or Enslaved Person? It’s not just an academic debate for historians of American slavery.
Asia McClain, an Alibi Witness, Is Now Allowed to Testify on Serial’s Adnan Syed’s Behalf
After Life After LifeKate Atkinson writes a brilliant follow-up to her brilliant novel, focusing on Teddy, the RAF pilot and brother of the previous book’s heroine.
Bourgeois GhostsThe BBC’s Casual Vacancy miniseries is infinitely better than J.K. Rowling’s book.
The GOP Base Loves Trump It sees itself in his foreign policy belligerence, anti-elite agitation, and raw bigotry.
A Toxic Legacy Workers like Yvette Flores didn’t know their jobs in electronics manufacturing could harm their children. And the U.S. does tragically little to protect them.
One Thing Primates of Park Avenue Definitely Doesn’t Exaggerate: The Obscene Power of Designer Purses
Inside Higher Ed
Beyond the Flag The names of Confederate leaders still adorn the halls of prominent universities. Is that OK?
Geeking Out I write about some of the uglier aspects of humanity. Sometimes escapism is exactly what I need.