The Other Tolstoy and the Book of NightSofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.
Salinger, the Swamis, and the SecretsNew letters shed light on J.D. Salinger’s spiritual life—and reinforce the need for his estate to come clean about what, if any, works remain locked in the vault.
How Obama Could Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War Right NowMinuteman missiles in remote silos are a thermonuclear accident waiting to happen.
Is the Republican Party Racist?It depends on race-baiting tactics and the votes of former Confederate states.
Has the Meaning of Nothing Changed?In his quest to understand the origins of the universe, Jim Holt stands up for the big 0.
A Challenge to Robert RedfordWill his new documentary explain whether Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in?
“The Insane Root That Takes the Reason Prisoner”Macbeth, Boston, and the two paradoxes of evil.
George McGovern Was a WinnerHis 1972 campaign was the most lopsided loss in presidential history. But this man was no loser.
Does Love Survive Loss?Auden and Larkin each wrote powerful lines about love—and then had grave doubts about them. Why?
Six Questions About the Nuclear Crisis in the Middle EastThe emotional factors, and the scientific ones.
Catchphrase ExecutionerBad sex jargon, horrible “occupy” jokes, and other terrible things we said this year.
“Secrets of the Little Blue Box”The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs.
Uber Isn’t the Problem It’s not the company’s fault that driving a car—and coughing up steep commissions—is an attractive option for so many Americans.
Is Your Sexual History As Impressive As You Think? Tell us how many people you’ve slept with. Our calculator will tell you if that’s a lot.
It's Not Just Josh Duggar—A String of Sex-Abuse Scandals Have Recently Rocked Christian Fundamentalism
What We Like Right Now Our favorite picks for the week of May 25, curated by Slate writers and editors.
No, Brad Bird Isn’t a Disciple of Ayn Rand The key philosophical influence on the director of Tomorrowland and The Incredibles isn’t the Atlas Shrugged author. It’s Walt Disney.
Charter Promises Its Time Warner Cable Acquisition Won’t Hurt Net Neutrality. We've Heard That Before.