Laura Miller
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Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate and the author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia. Follow her on Twitter.

Books
March 14 2017 7:15 AMThe ShowgirlThe life and work of the magnificent, uncontainable Angela Carter.
Books
March 7 2017 9:45 AMBig Little TruthsDon’t call Liane Moriarty’s novels fluffy—not when their characters feel so real.
Culturebox
Feb. 27 2017 7:15 AMThe End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
Books
Feb. 8 2017 4:45 PMGhost in the MachineA Washington ghostwriter gets caught in the Clinton scandal complex.
Books
Feb. 3 2017 9:00 AM“This Is My TownHow rapacious capitalism transformed one Ohio city from the American dream to a nightmare.
Year of Great Books
Jan. 23 2017 3:21 PMAbout The Brothers KaramazovJohn Dickerson joins Slate’s Year of Great Books to discuss what Dostoevsky’s novel teaches us about the limits of reason in a changing world.
Books
Jan. 10 2017 7:30 AMYou Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go BrokeWhy is it so hard for writers to talk candidly about how much money they make?
Books
Dec. 20 2016 9:45 AMThe Gerund That Tore a Literary Friendship ApartThe sad, silly tale of Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson’s Feud.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 15 2016 3:46 PMHere’s What We Learned From Our Top 10 Lists This YearWhat the Culture Gabfest has to say about their favorite books and films of 2016.
Books
Dec. 9 2016 7:17 AMThe 10 Best Audiobooks of 2016Kind voices in your ears during a year of shouting.
Culturebox
Nov. 30 2016 10:12 AMHow Video Games Change UsShooters don’t necessarily make players more violent. But do they make us more cruel?
Year of Great Books
Nov. 14 2016 1:57 PMIntroducing The Brothers KaramazovOur final Year of Great Books selection is a philosophical novel, a family drama, a murder mystery, and a love story. It’s also an immortal masterpiece.
Books
Nov. 10 2016 7:00 AMIsland of the Blue Dolphins and the Dream of LonelinessHow the great children’s novel about a girl left alone on an island in the Pacific was written—and the real girl whose story inspired it.
Year of Great Books
Nov. 3 2016 5:32 PMWhat Should We Read Last?Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, or Tolstoy? Help us pick the final selection for A Year of Great Books.
Books
Oct. 24 2016 9:02 AMSwerve! Crash!The wild fiction of Nell Zink.
The Audio Book Club
March 13 2017 1:09 PMIt’s Swing Time for the Audio Book ClubSlate critics discuss Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
Brow Beat
March 2 2017 7:31 AMJust How Outrageous Is the Obamas’ Alleged $65 Million Book Deal?
Books
Feb. 20 2017 9:04 AMA Novelist in SeasonAli Smith’s new quartet starts with Autumn and is set right … about … now.
Books
Feb. 6 2017 9:40 AMThe Beautiful WorldGeorge Saunders’ first novel is lovely, moving, and fundamentally the wrong book for this moment in history.
Books
Jan. 25 2017 9:30 AMAge of AngerWhat America’s violent transition to modernity has in common with the rise of Islamic extremism.
Books
Jan. 12 2017 12:27 PMNever Grow UpThe wild, jubilant life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon.
Books
Jan. 9 2017 9:30 AMSome Boys Rise, Some Boys FallA Mumbai father dreams of cricket superstardom for his two sons in Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day.
Year of Great Books
Dec. 16 2016 10:50 AMThe Long-Standing (and Kind of Trolly) Divide Between Dostoevsky People and Tolstoy PeopleElif Batuman joins Slate’s Year of Great Books to discuss what makes Russian literature so distinctive.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 14 2016 12:21 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Mensch Warfare“ EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the new film Jackie, the Netflix series 3%, and violence in video games.
Books
Dec. 5 2016 9:10 AMLaura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016A year when books broke out of the so-called filter bubble.
The Audio Book Club
Nov. 21 2016 7:00 AMThe Audio Book Club Travels the Underground RailroadSlate critics discuss two novels that reimagine our racist past and present.
Books
Nov. 10 2016 3:30 PMThe Brimming Heart of Zadie SmithAfter the departure of NW, Swing Time returns her to the clamorous, loving realism she does best.
Books
Nov. 7 2016 7:07 AMThe Romantics and the Opium-EaterThe long, wild, and squalid life of Thomas De Quincey.
Year of Great Books
Nov. 3 2016 5:32 PMAbout FiccionesWhat Jorge Luis Borges taught Slate’s Year of Great Books about free will, plot twists, and intellectual folly.
Movies
Oct. 20 2016 3:13 PMThe HandmaidenPark Chan-wook takes on Sarah Waters’ brilliant, intricate novel Fingersmith.

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