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.

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?
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.
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.
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.

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