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
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.
Brow Beat
Aug. 13 2017 11:19 PMThis Week’s Worst Person(s) in Westeros: The Maesters
Books
July 12 2017 9:30 AMShe Dined on Black PuddingA new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.
Books
June 23 2017 9:41 AMMother-StungSherman Alexie’s terrific book is the latest entry in a burgeoning genre: memoirs of moms.
Books
June 13 2017 9:00 AMA Novel Wrapped in a MysteryMaile Meloy’s thriller is a bait and switch in the best sense.
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May 25 2017 7:30 AMDark FuturesWhat happens when literary novelists experiment with science fiction.
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May 15 2017 7:00 AMVoice in the WildernessIt’s hard to be the voice of a generation when your generation doesn’t need you anymore.
Television
April 28 2017 12:43 PMAmerican GodsIt’s hard to imagine a better TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s wonderstruck fantasy.
Books
April 24 2017 12:52 PMShe Was Right All AlongPaula Hawkins tries to create a formula in her follow-up to The Girl on the Train.
Brow Beat
April 5 2017 8:02 AMThe Secret History of Twin Peaks Shows Just How Bad Twin Peaks Would Be Without David Lynch
Brow Beat
March 20 2017 6:59 PMHow Bob Silvers and the New York Review of Books Transformed the Literary World
Books
March 14 2017 7:15 AMThe ShowgirlThe life and work of the magnificent, uncontainable Angela Carter.
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March 7 2017 9:45 AMBig Little TruthsDon’t call Liane Moriarty’s novels fluffy—not when their characters feel so real.
Culturebox
Feb. 27 2017 7:15 AMThe End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
Books
Feb. 8 2017 4:45 PMGhost in the MachineA Washington ghostwriter gets caught in the Clinton scandal complex.
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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?
Books
July 26 2017 12:17 PMThe World Without UsWhat kind of books do you write when you believe civilization is doomed?
Books
July 5 2017 10:41 AMFamous Last WordsThree memoirs of mortality suggest that even for the terminally ill, universal truths are elusive.
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June 19 2017 11:49 AMTo Overflow Every Division Between Human BeingsArundhati Roy’s immensely rewarding The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Books
June 5 2017 5:50 AMWhy Not Al?Al Franken says his book isn’t a prelude to a presidential campaign, but the American people can hope, right?
Television
May 22 2017 10:51 AMLynch UnleashedThe Twin Peaks reboot is not the fusion of arthouse and mainstream sensibilities that viewers might expect. It’s pure David Lynch—and it’s glorious.
Television
May 3 2017 8:02 PMWrapped in CelluloidWhy the web of movie allusions in David Lynch’s show helped it take hold of the cultural imagination in a way no series ever had.
Books
April 27 2017 1:12 PMGranta Made Us Obsessed With “Best Young Novelist” ListsBut what can such a list really tell readers about the heartbeat of American fiction?
Culturebox
April 19 2017 5:55 AMTo the Manners BornHow Emily Post’s descendants are shepherding her legacy into a cultural landscape hostile to the very idea of etiquette.
Culture Gabfest
March 29 2017 12:59 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Beast, Brontës, and Broadway” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Beauty and the Beast, To Walk Invisible, and an interview with Alison Wright.
Books
March 20 2017 9:30 AMIn Search of Lost TimeThe hipsters at the center of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears invent an ancient black bluesman—but is he real after all?
The Audio Book Club
March 13 2017 1:09 PMIt’s Swing Time for the Audio Book ClubSlate critics discuss Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
Brow Beat
March 2 2017 7:31 AMJust How Outrageous Is the Obamas’ Alleged $65 Million Book Deal?
Books
Feb. 20 2017 9:04 AMA Novelist in SeasonAli Smith’s new quartet starts with Autumn and is set right … about … now.
Books
Feb. 6 2017 9:40 AMThe Beautiful WorldGeorge Saunders’ first novel is lovely, moving, and fundamentally the wrong book for this moment in history.

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