Ruth Franklin

Ruth Franklin, a senior editor at the New Republic, is the author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction.

May 16 2011 6:45 AMDesperately Seeking StabilityPaula Fox keeps finding ways to explore the conflict between chaos and control.
July 3 2007 7:24 AMSummer BooksWhat Slate is reading this summer.
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May 23 2007 12:16 PMThe Nearly Palpable Lure of Large Events
April 9 2007 11:44 AMPrimo Levi's AlchemyDon't read the Holocaust into everything he wrote.
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March 31 2005 11:25 AMJonathan Safran Foer's Unusual Talent
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March 29 2005 5:17 PMDoes a Wildly Imaginative Novel Have To Be Believable?
April 3 2003 6:33 PMThe 98-Pound Gorilla in the RoomHow the spindly McSweeney's short story became a menace.
Nov. 19 2007 2:35 PMPortrait of the Artist as an ImmigrantHa Jin's quintessentially Chinese-American novel.
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May 24 2007 1:50 PMIs DeLillo Equating Survivors of 9/11 With Terrorists?
May 8 2007 12:30 PMGod's Frozen PeopleMichael Chabon carves out a Jewish state in Alaska.
Sept. 29 2006 8:45 AMThe Triumph of the RealDaniel Mendelsohn's peculiar argument about the Holocaust and fiction.
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March 30 2005 11:10 AMJonathan Safran Foer vs. Günter Grass
March 14 2005 12:28 PMSpeak, MemoryWhat kind of reader was W. G. Sebald?


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The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

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Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
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Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
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Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
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Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
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Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.