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
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.
Books
Oct. 19 2016 10:00 AMThe Marvelous Order of the CityJane Jacobs knew what made cities tick. A new biography can’t do the same for her.
Books
Oct. 5 2016 12:10 PMEerie and CheeryShirley Jackson was dismissed because she was a housewife. Then she was dismissed because she wrote supernatural tales. Don’t dismiss her.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 21 2016 1:59 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Don’t Exhale” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Don’t Breathe, HBO’s High Maintenance, and how Harry Potter changed fandom forever.
Year of Great Books
Sept. 12 2016 5:25 PMIntroducing Borges’ FiccionesOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is both metaphysical and pulpy.
Books
Sept. 9 2016 9:37 AMThe Death FakersA lively new book investigates the siren call—and annoying logistics—of death fraud.
Books
Sept. 6 2016 5:45 AMNothing Is IlluminatedJonathan Safran Foer’s new novel is most powerful when it doesn’t try to reach easy conclusions.
Year of Great Books
Sept. 1 2016 11:59 AMWhat Should We Read Next?Help us choose the next book in a Year of Great Books.
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.
Brow Beat
Oct. 13 2016 12:39 PMBob Dylan’s Nobel Win Suggests the Prize Is a-Changin’—and Not Just Because He’s a Musician
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 22 2016 8:21 AMDonald Trump Shouldn’t Have Been on The Tonight ShowPoliticians are on late-night TV all the time, but Trump should have been the exception.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 20 2016 1:47 PMThe Culture Gabfest Reacts to Brangelina’s BreakupHear their unedited reaction from the moment the story broke.
The Next 20
Sept. 11 2016 9:18 PMThe New Powers That BeHarry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity.
Books
Sept. 8 2016 9:44 AMIn Praise of Reader ReviewsA book critic on what she learns from the masses on Amazon and Goodreads.
Year of Great Books
Sept. 2 2016 4:26 PMAbout Barchester TowersEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned from Anthony Trollope’s workplace comedy.
Year of Great Books
Aug. 23 2016 12:09 PMTrollope’s Worthless Young MenThe Victorian novelist brilliantly captured the dithering of twentysomethings in love.

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