Meghan O'Rourke

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

The Audio Book Club
May 9 2014 11:48 AMThe Audio Book Club Visits the Dept. of SpeculationSlate’s critics debate Jenny Offill’s novel of art’s struggle with domesticity.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 17 2014 9:28 PMIce Dancing Is Not a SportBut it is quite a spectacle.
The Audio Book Club
Dec. 6 2013 9:25 AMAre You Desperate for Someone to Talk About The Goldfinch With? We’ll Talk to You!
The Audio Book Club
Oct. 11 2013 11:35 AMThe Audio Book Club on Ender’s GameOur critics discuss the sci-fi classic that will soon be a Hollywood movie.
The Audio Book Club
April 12 2013 12:45 PMThe Audio Book Club on Going ClearOur critics take on Lawrence Wright’s epic investigation into Scientology and Hollywood.
The Audio Book Club
Oct. 4 2012 11:04 PMThe Audio Book Club on How Should a Person Be?Our critics debate Sheila Heti’s messy novel about female friendship and a life in art.
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 1 2012 8:30 AMAbsolutely FabulousThe pure joy of watching the Fab Five, America’s greatest women’s gymnastics team.
June 17 2012 11:03 PMA Conversation With Lena Dunham, Part 2Meghan O’Rourke talks with the creator of Girls about the season finale, Sex and the City, and why Shoshanna is like that.
June 15 2012 7:59 PMA Conversation With Lena DunhamMeghan O’Rourke talks with the creator of Girls about the first season, high-school teachers, and being surprised by controversy.
The Audio Book Club
June 1 2012 11:32 PMThe Audio Book Club on Are You My Mother?Our critics on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s follow-up to Fun Home.
May 5 2012 12:30 AMA Mother Is a Story With Neither Beginning Nor EndAlison Bechdel’s follow-up to Fun Home examines her difficult relationship with her difficult mom.
Culture Gabfest
April 4 2012 10:53 AMThe Culture Gabfest, “Diving Into the Wreck” EditionListen to Slate's show about the works of Adrienne Rich, killer grizzly bears, and the mysterious disappearance of the neurotic.
March 12 2012 6:45 AMIs Mourning Madness?The wrongheaded movement to classify grief as a mental disorder.
The Highbrow
Nov. 23 2011 7:34 AMQuintana’s StoryJoan Didion’s Blue Nights isn’t about grieving for her daughter. It’s about a mother’s regrets.
Aug. 4 2011 7:30 AMHow To Help Friends in MourningCondolence notes? Casseroles? What our grief survey revealed.
The Audio Book Club
April 11 2014 10:31 AMThe Audio Book Club Wonders Where’d You Go, BernadetteSlate’s critics debate Maria Semple’s comic best-seller.
The Audio Book Club
Feb. 6 2014 7:37 PMThe Audio Book Club on The GroupOur critics discuss Mary McCarthy’s influential 1963 novel about female friends in New York City.
Nov. 21 2013 11:28 PMHow Jackie MournedWith poise and elegance, Jacqueline Kennedy helped America grieve. She also showed us the reality of death.
The Audio Book Club
May 3 2013 9:00 AMThe Audio Book Club on Swann’s WayOur critics celebrate the 100th anniversary of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
The Audio Book Club
Nov. 2 2012 11:04 PMThe Audio Book Club on Cloud AtlasOur critics discuss David Mitchell’s 500-year puzzle epic.
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 3 2012 10:39 AMIs It OK To Love Gymnastics?Pondering the sport’s allure and darkness on the night of Gabby Douglas’ fantastic win in the women’s all-around.
The Audio Book Club
June 29 2012 12:56 PMThe Audio Book Club on Fifty Shades of GreyOur critics can hardly restrain themselves discussing E.L. James’ book-club bondage porn.
The XX Factor
June 17 2012 11:00 PMGirls Finale: What’s With All the Peeing? And Cake?
The XX Factor
June 10 2012 10:50 PMGirls on Girls: Do You Have to Hate Your Best Friend's Nemesis?
The XX Factor
May 20 2012 10:49 PMWhat Slate’s Ladies Thought of This Week’s Episode of Girls
The XX Factor
April 29 2012 10:51 PMWhat a Bunch of Ladies Thought of Last Night’s Episode of Girls
March 29 2012 6:52 PMThe Will To ChangeAdrienne Rich’s death leaves a hole in the culture that can’t easily be filled.
The XX Factor
March 1 2012 5:03 PMThe Blunt Amendment Fallacy: The Pill Is Just Basic Healthcare
Brow Beat
Oct. 11 2011 2:05 PM

The Poem I Read During “Hard Weather”

June 2 2011 7:23 AMCan Grief Make Good Television?The Killing wrestles with mourning like very few series have before. But is its nuanced portrait of loss making viewers impatient?




Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
Oct. 2 2014 9:19 AM Alibaba’s Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China
Oct. 2 2014 8:27 AM How Do Teachers Kill the Joy of Reading for Students?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Oct. 2 2014 9:08 AM Demons Are Real A horror movie goes behind the scenes on an Intervention-like reality show.
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 2 2014 7:30 AM What Put the Man in the Moon in the Moon?
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?