Racial DysphoriaJess Row’s novel explores a world where racial reassignment surgery is becoming commonplace.
The FlinchLeslie Jamison’s discomfiting essays explore the pain of others and how it affects the self.
The Stunning Success of “Fail Better”How Samuel Beckett became Silicon Valley’s life coach.
The IntellectualSusan Sontag’s 1978 Rolling Stone interview in all its brilliant, self-assured, ridiculous glory.
My Metonym for Self-Reference Weighs a TonWhen the “resoundingly and in all ways white” David Foster Wallace tried to write about hip-hop.
The Case Against ReasonCurtis White argues that science isn’t the only way of looking at the world.
10 Novels to a Better YouWho really knows if reading will make you a better person? More to the point, why should it matter?
The Dastardly Death of the Devilish Director’s DaughterWhen reading Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, you might want to roll your eyes, but they’ll be glued to the page.
The Soft BulletinsCould a one-hour video of someone whispering and brushing her hair change your life?
Amanda McKittrick Ros, the Worst Novelist in History… Maybe. An excerpt from Mark O’Connell’s Epic Fail.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Even if You Don’t Like Batman, You Might Like Gotham
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
“That’s Called Jim Crow” Philip Gourevitch on America’s hypocritical interventions in Africa.
Killing With Kindness My in-laws want to throw me a get-well-from-cancer bash. There’s no way I can go.
No, Women’s Soccer Does Not Have a Domestic Violence Problem Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
The Changing Face of Climate Change Will the leaders of the People’s Climate March now lead the movement?
Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.