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.

Brow Beat
March 19 2018 7:30 AMCluelessThe true-crime podcast Atlanta Monster is a meandering mess of a mystery with a hapless detective at its center.
Books
March 6 2018 5:50 AMThe Ultimate Overdetermined TextTwo sex memoirs remind us that one woman’s degrading encounter can be another’s delirium of abandon.
Downtime
Feb. 19 2018 9:00 AMWhy Do We Share Facebook Algorumors?Your news feed is not about to be limited to 26 friends.
Brow Beat
Jan. 24 2018 10:04 AMUrsula K. Le Guin and the Three ObstaclesWhat the science-fiction writer still has to overcome to be recognized as the titan she was.
Screen Time
Dec. 21 2017 9:30 AMSlate Critics Pick the Best Episodes of Children’s Television of All Time
Books
Dec. 13 2017 5:50 AMLaura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017Pankaj Mishra’s urgent political analysis, Ali Smith’s blissful prose, and David Grann’s latest journo-thriller.
Books
Dec. 7 2017 10:44 AMThese Happy Golden YearsA new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder untangles her story from the American myths her novels helped create.
The Audio Book Club
Nov. 29 2017 7:17 AMThe Audio Book Club Goes to Manhattan BeachSlate critics discuss Jennifer Egan’s mysterious historical novel, set in World War II–era Brooklyn, about divers and gangsters.
Brow Beat
Nov. 16 2017 7:47 PMComedians Know to Play to the Room. Al Franken Should’ve Known Better.
Books
Nov. 8 2017 9:00 AMShell GameIs there anything underneath the surface of Matthew Weiner’s first novel?
Books
Oct. 13 2017 3:26 PMTurtles All the Way DownJohn Green is telling a story, and the story is telling him.
Brow Beat
Oct. 5 2017 7:32 PMKazuo Ishiguro’s Novels Are About What We Have to Give Up to Find Ourselves
Books
Sept. 20 2017 9:00 AMBFFsTwo new novels approach the pleasures and perils of female friendship in strikingly different ways.
Books
Sept. 5 2017 10:15 AMCutting ’Em Down to SizeA new dismantling of Freud shows the value of a critic’s well-honed hatchet.
Books
Aug. 16 2017 10:38 AM“I Had a Boss Who Interrupted Me Constantly to Say, ‘Gee, You Have Pretty Hair’ ”Ellen Ullman, who worked as a computer programmer in the ’70s and ’80s, on building a career within the “boy culture” of tech.
Books
March 14 2018 2:23 PMMichelle McNamara’s Search for TruthThe true-crime writer died while hunting for a killer. Her final book is a testament to her gifts.
The Audio Book Club
Feb. 27 2018 10:24 AMUrsula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of DarknessHow does the novel hold up almost 50 years after it first appeared?
Books
Jan. 30 2018 9:00 AMThe First Rough Draft of HistoryAli Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is being written as we live it.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 10 2018 12:35 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Why Wouldn’t King Kong Want a Lady Gorilla?” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Shape of Water, the Golden Globes, and sleep.
Books
Dec. 18 2017 11:12 AMThe 8 Best Audiobooks of 2017From the dulcet tones of Michael Sheen to the irresistible deadpan of Sherman Alexie.
Brow Beat
Dec. 11 2017 12:44 PMTNY’s “Cat Person” Story Is Great. Too Bad the Internet Turned It Into a Piping-Hot Thinkpiece.
Books
Nov. 30 2017 12:07 PMFakebookKevin Young explores bullshitters from P.T. Barnum to Donald Trump in his brilliant Bunk.
Books
Nov. 27 2017 5:50 AMThe Year in Best-SellersWhat Happened to 2017? A Gentleman in Moscow, perhaps.
Brow Beat
Nov. 13 2017 5:03 AMMichael Sheen’s Solo Narration of Philip Pullman’s New Novel Is Better Than an Army of Voice Actors
Books
Oct. 23 2017 12:15 PMOne Path for the Impersonal EssayFrancis Spufford’s curious, erudite essays are a reminder of what the form can do when it isn’t about confessing anything.
Books
Oct. 10 2017 10:33 AMOriginality Is OverratedJennifer Egan’s first novel since Goon Squad is very conventional World War II historical fiction. It’s spectacular.
Culturebox
Sept. 28 2017 7:45 AMThe End of PornographyJon Ronson’s remarkable podcast series is like the finale of the story begun by HBO’s The Deuce.
Television
Sept. 5 2017 12:35 PMIn Twin Peaks’ Finale, Dreams Have a CostAnd when you wake up, the bill comes due.
The Audio Book Club
Aug. 30 2017 3:05 PMThe Ministry of Utmost HappinessSlate critics discuss the long-awaited second novel from Arundhati Roy.
Books
Aug. 15 2017 9:18 AMTrue Crime Gets PrettyOnce trashy and compelling, true crime is now the realm of credentialed literary writers. Is that an improvement?

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