The Abyss of BonesKazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years is a sad, remarkable fantasy story set in Arthurian England.
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?
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.
Amen, Canada! The Canadian Supreme Court, unlike the United States’ Supreme Court, understands that sectarian prayer is sectarian.
Stop Vilifying Almonds Yes, they use up a lot of water in drought-afflicted California. But the story gets a lot more complicated from there.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Chad Lorenz talks about running the home page, writing headlines, and his favorite picks from the magazine this week.
Golden Status The Warriors are the best team since Jordan’s Bulls. Why aren’t they respected as such?