“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.
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 Slatest Week in Pictures A pilgrimage in Nepal, elections in Athens, war in Syria, fashion in Paris, and trash heaps in China.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Social media guru Lindsey Underwood highlights the most popular stories of the week, from the Patriots to Tom Petty.
Katy Perry Is the Singing, Dancing "Cool Girl," and She's a Perfect Fit for the Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Gynandromorphs A phenomenon observed in insects, crustaceans, and birds results in animals that are both female and male.
He Never Touches the Balls Tom Brady may be the handsome face of the Pats, but the team’s heart and soul belong to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.