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
Feb. 12 2019 7:30 AMMarlon James’ SuperpowerThe Booker prizewinner brings his remarkable voice to the first novel in a dark fantasy trilogy.
Wide Angle
Jan. 28 2019 5:45 AMHow to Be BadWhat a collection of rape jokes tells us about offensive art in the age of outrage.
Books
Dec. 19 2018 4:11 PMWhy Alice Walker Got All That Space in the Times to Tout the Anti-Semitic Lizard People GuyThe “By the Book” controversy seems like the result of editors getting a little too comfortable with a long-running, puffy feature.
Books
Dec. 10 2018 5:55 AMThe 10 Best Books of 2018
Wide Angle
Nov. 1 2018 5:55 AMThe History DisruptorWhy has Silicon Valley embraced a little-known Israeli academic?
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
Jan. 31 2019 6:14 PMJill Abramson and the Church of FactsThe former New York Times executive editor strives for objectivity in her chronicle of the modern news business. She should have told her story instead.
Books
Jan. 8 2019 7:48 PMBad BehaviorWill readers who identified with “Cat Person” be turned off by Kristen Roupenian’s weirder, pervier debut collection?
Books
Dec. 14 2018 8:30 AMThe Best Audiobooks of 2018
Books
Dec. 4 2018 11:52 AMAfter the Bad BoyThe wife and daughter Lord Byron left behind spent their entire lives dealing with his fame.
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

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