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.
Martin Amis’ Zones of InterestCritics want him to stop writing about the horrors of history. But his new novel suggests vicious satire might be an honest way to treat the deaths of millions.
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.
Déjà Blue New York City’s largest police union thinks it’s under attack by de Blasio. It’s felt that way about every mayor.
Forget Santa. You Should Celebrate La Befana. Because what Christmas needs is a wine drinking witch.
Slate Voice: “Santa Should Not Be a White Man Anymore” Aisha Harris reads her piece on giving St. Nick a makeover.
The Museum of Second Novels Artifacts of sophomore books from the authors on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Space: The Next Generation
The Venus Express Will Go Out in a Burst of Glory I was cheap labor on a thrifty mission to our nearest planet.
Ronald Reagan Is Kobe Bryant The best NBA analogues for George Washington, Warren G. Harding, Barack Obama, and every other president.