“The Insane Root That Takes the Reason Prisoner”Macbeth, Boston, and the two paradoxes of evil.
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?
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.
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.
The Novel That Explains the Moment We're InBUtterfield 8 and the fear of a new Depression.
TODAY IN SLATE
Scalia’s Liberal Streak
The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.
Scalia’s Liberal Streak The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.
Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters
Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters Colorado Democrats and Republicans are testing theories for reaching women that will resonate far beyond the Rocky Mountains.
There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?
The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”
The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B
Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey
No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.
The Other Huxtable Effect
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
Behind the Scenes
“It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.