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
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
Aug. 17 2016 11:22 AMWhat’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
Nightlight
Aug. 5 2016 11:26 AMAnne Carroll Moore, the Librarian Who Changed Children’s Literature Forever
Books
July 22 2016 12:26 PMThe Most Dreadful Murder of the CenturyA true-crime book about a 19th-century murder that takes an unexpected turn.
Books
July 7 2016 11:12 AMThe Screen and the PageFor premium-cable showrunners, novel-writing is the ultimate auteur experience.
Brow Beat
June 27 2016 4:07 PMWhat Does Sansa Stark Really Want? The Game of Thrones Season Finale Offered a Few Clues.
Year of Great Books
June 27 2016 2:01 PMAbout My ÁntoniaWhat we made of Willa Cather’s masterpiece.
Year of Great Books
June 21 2016 2:32 PMThe Virgil of NebraskaWhat Willa Cather’s style shows us about memory, and how we should think about her lesbianism.
Books
June 15 2016 2:06 PMWhite TrashA new window into the time-honored tradition of American politicians stoking racial and class tensions for personal gain.
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.
Books
Aug. 10 2016 5:30 AMPracticing Art With Liberty and JoyHow does an ironist write about slavery? Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.
Books
July 28 2016 10:31 AMComradesJeffrey Toobin tells the story of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Books
July 13 2016 12:51 PMBound to LaborA controversial new novel imagines what America would look like if the Civil War had never happened.
Year of Great Books
July 5 2016 7:33 PMIntroducing Barchester TowersOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is an intensely enjoyable workplace comedy from 19th-century England.
Year of Great Books
June 27 2016 3:00 PMWhat Should We Read Next?Help us choose the next book in a Year of Great Books.
Doublex
June 23 2016 10:45 AMFifty Shades of ShameCan we let up on the scrutiny of women who enjoy reading erotica?
Doublex
June 21 2016 12:20 PMA Second Look at the Second WaveIt’s fashionable to critique the myopia of 1970s feminists. But it’s also wrong.
Year of Great Books
June 13 2016 3:59 PMGrowing Up My ÁntoniaThe writer and radio host Kurt Andersen talks about reading Willa Cather under the epic prairie skies of his native Nebraska.

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