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. 9 2018 10:10 AM“One Gets Into the Habit of Being Oneself”A new Tana French novel broadens her inquiry into the greatest mystery of all: who we are.
Brow Beat
Oct. 2 2018 12:05 PMIn Her Memoir, Stormy Daniels Trumps the PresidentThe actress and director offers Full Disclosure about more than their sexual encounters.
Relationships
Sept. 14 2018 6:16 PMAmong All the Other Problems With Jian Ghomeshi’s NYRB Piece, It’s a Terrible Personal EssayAn exercise in bland soul-searching, misdirection, and hand-waving.
Brow Beat
Aug. 30 2018 7:30 AMThe Little Stranger Shows How Hard It Is to Make a Literary Ghost Story Creepy On-Screen
Books
Aug. 16 2018 10:32 AMJust Read the Book AlreadyDigital culture doesn’t have to make you a shallow reader. But you have to do something about it.
Books
July 19 2018 10:23 AMThe Big SleepThe narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s swaggering novel hopes to sleep her life away.
Books
June 27 2018 1:21 PMThe Puzzle BoxEven on the pages of his own memoir, David Lynch remains a mystery.
Books
June 5 2018 8:30 AMErrol Morris Refutes It ThusThe filmmaker’s new book continues an argument with the philosopher Thomas Kuhn begun in 1972.
Brow Beat
May 15 2018 8:59 PMThe Long Shadow of the “Billion-Footed Beast”Tom Wolfe helped ignite an explosion in 21st-century fiction. It just wasn’t his novels that did it.
Books
May 2 2018 9:00 AMThings Did Not Go DifferentlyRachel Kushner’s sorrowful, hard-boiled The Mars Room.
Food
April 23 2018 5:55 AMThis Post About Breathless Online Food Writing Will Give You a Reason to Live
The Audio Book Club
March 30 2018 2:00 PMThe Sparsholt AffairHow does Alan Hollinghurst’s multigenerational saga represent the gay experience?
Brow Beat
March 26 2018 7:33 AMAlan Hollinghurst Hates Similes Like a …Oh, wait, I was about to write a simile.
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.
Books
Oct. 5 2018 12:04 PMPeggedWhy do people think personality tests reveal the real you?
Books
Sept. 25 2018 9:00 AMAll Women Are SpiesA menial office worker gets wrapped up in espionage in Kate Atkinson’s new novel.
Books
Sept. 14 2018 12:58 PMCan Human Beings Ever Give Up Identity?Gender, creed, country, color, class, and culture. Why do they matter?
Brow Beat
Aug. 27 2018 12:36 PMThe “Real” McCainDavid Foster Wallace’s essay didn’t reveal the true John McCain. It revealed the limits of the writer’s worldview.
Wide Angle
July 24 2018 5:50 AMWhat Made Altamont Go Bad?A new book explores the deadly concert and the documentary that cemented its infamy.
Books
July 9 2018 3:13 PMWhat Philosophy Can Teach Us About Trump’s America—and What It Can’tMartha Nussbaum’s new book diagnoses our political crisis but fails to offer a practical cure.
Culture Gabfest
June 20 2018 11:15 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Unkindest Cut of All” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Hereditary, The Staircase, and Lend Me Your Ears.
Wide Angle
May 23 2018 9:54 AMThe Mystery of CaliphateThe New York Times podcast focuses on a charismatic detective—but what case is she solving?
Books
May 14 2018 8:00 AMThe Trip of a LifetimeMichael Pollan explores what LSD and other psychedelics can do for the no longer young.
The Slatest
April 25 2018 10:03 PMHow Michelle McNamara’s Researcher Thinks Police May Have Found the Golden State Killer
Books
April 3 2018 10:42 AMGinned UpLeslie Jamison’s 500-page exploration of recovery gets trapped in the thin tropes of the addiction memoir.
Downtime
March 27 2018 5:55 AMReady Critic OneIn real life, I’m a middle-aged writer living in an apartment crammed with books. In my gaming life, I’m allowed to be someone else.
Books
March 21 2018 9:00 AMRising to the Sunlit SurfaceThe characters in Alan Hollinghurst’s novels have mastered the exquisite semaphore of 20th-century gay life.
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?

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