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.

Year of Great Books
Jan. 23 2017 3:21 PMAbout The Brothers KaramazovJohn Dickerson joins Slate’s Year of Great Books to discuss what Dostoevsky’s novel teaches us about the limits of reason in a changing world.
Year of Great Books
Nov. 14 2016 1:57 PMIntroducing The Brothers KaramazovOur final Year of Great Books selection is a philosophical novel, a family drama, a murder mystery, and a love story. It’s also an immortal masterpiece.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 20 2016 1:47 PMThe Culture Gabfest Reacts to Brangelina’s BreakupHear their unedited reaction from the moment the story broke.
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. 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.
Year of Great Books
June 27 2016 2:01 PMAbout My ÁntoniaWhat we made of Willa Cather’s masterpiece.
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.
Year of Great Books
May 19 2016 12:20 PMIntroducing My ÁntoniaOur next selection for a Year of Great Books is an aching portrait of unrequited longing and the untamed West.
Culture Gabfest
May 13 2016 11:49 AMWho Are the Hamilton Haters?The Culture Gabfest discusses the cultural significance of the musical’s backlash.
Year of Great Books
March 31 2016 10:53 AMBetween Upstairs and DownstairsTo understand Jane Eyre, you have to understand the precarious status of the Victorian governess.
Year of Great Books
March 16 2016 12:19 PMUnderstanding Tristram ShandyLaurence Sterne’s novel mocks “expert authorities.” Here’s what two of them had to say to our book club.
Year of Great Books
March 15 2016 2:12 PMIntroducing Jane EyreOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is a novel of identity in the guise of a love story. 
Year of Great Books
Feb. 9 2016 12:57 PMTristram Shandy Was a Runaway Best-Seller. What Did That Mean in 1760?For one thing authors still had to suck up to famous actors.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 28 2016 2:49 PMThe Desperate Housewives of Contemporary Fiction As their numbers dwindle in real life, housewives find greener lawns in contemporary novels. 
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 28 2015 10:18 AMThe “Draggy Endless Carols” Bonus SegmentThe Culture Gabfest crew compiles the worst songs of the season.
Year of Great Books
Dec. 16 2016 10:50 AMThe Long-Standing (and Kind of Trolly) Divide Between Dostoevsky People and Tolstoy PeopleElif Batuman joins Slate’s Year of Great Books to discuss what makes Russian literature so distinctive.
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.
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.
Year of Great Books
Aug. 23 2016 12:09 PMTrollope’s Worthless Young MenThe Victorian novelist brilliantly captured the dithering of twentysomethings in love.
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 21 2016 2:32 PMThe Virgil of NebraskaWhat Willa Cather’s style shows us about memory, and how we should think about her lesbianism.
Culture Gabfest
May 26 2016 1:54 PMTechnology Ate My Humanities HomeworkThe Culture Gabfest discusses pros and cons of the digital humanities.
Year of Great Books
May 18 2016 1:48 PMGrowing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
Year of Great Books
May 4 2016 10:23 AMAbout Jane EyreEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.
Culture Gabfest
March 23 2016 2:55 PMHow Would We Reinvent Mount Rushmore?The Culture Gabfest replaces presidents with artists in this Slate Plus bonus segment.
Year of Great Books
March 16 2016 8:29 AMYear of Great Books: About Tristram Shandy Read what Will and Laura learned from reading Laurence Sterne’s digressive masterpiece.
Year of Great Books
March 10 2016 4:26 PMAbout Tristram ShandyEverything we learned about humor, satire, and leading a good life from Laurence Sterne’s digressive masterpiece.
Year of Great Books
Feb. 2 2016 8:10 AMLiterature’s Greatest MansplainerThe women in Tristram Shandy barely get a word in edgewise. It’s still a great feminist novel. 
Year of Great Books
Jan. 7 2016 1:34 PMIntroducing Tristram ShandyThe first selection for A Year of Great Books is a bawdy best-seller that never goes in a straight line.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 22 2015 5:01 PMThe “Scare Your Pants Off” Bonus SegmentThe Culture Gabfest panelists share opinions on their favorite fear-inducing books and films.

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