Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a writer living in New York. He can be reached at

Culture Gabfest
April 11 2012 4:36 PMThe Culture Gabfest, “Unsinkable Gabfest” EditionListen to Slate's show about the re-release of Titanic in 3-D, the death of artist Thomas Kinkade, and those ”stupid” video games you can’t stop playing.
Dec. 13 2006 2:19 PMTenaciously DisappointingThe tragic squandering of Jack Black's awesomeness.
Dvd extras
Sept. 14 2006 7:42 AMI QueueJudging your friends by their Netflix lists.
June 16 2006 3:28 PMA Prairie Home ConundrumThe mysterious appeal of Garrison Keillor.
Sports Nut
May 8 2006 6:28 PMOn the Pleasure of Hating Kobe BryantAnd the sadness of watching him exit the playoffs.
Dvd extras
April 6 2006 12:45 PMThe Joys of Rising From the Cultural DeadAre HBO shows best experienced on DVD?
Jan. 27 2006 5:16 PMA Thousand Little MelodiesMy unfortunate addiction to children's music.
Dvd extras
Dec. 16 2005 4:02 PMThe Richard Pryor ExperienceThe most human comic of our time.
Aug. 25 2005 5:52 PMTeenage WastelandFarewell to the sadistic pleasures of Brat Camp.
June 24 2005 1:05 PMToothpaste for DinnerA slide-show tour of the most addictive comic on the Web.
May 11 2005 7:38 AMLast LaughMitch Hedberg was supposed to be the next Seinfeld.
May 30 2007 3:03 PMThe Kobe Haters' ManifestoKobe Bryant wants out of L.A. Who will his enemies root against now?
Oct. 19 2006 3:25 PMTroubadorkTwenty-five years of "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Dvd extras
July 4 2006 7:19 AMSquigglevisionaryThe return of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
Dvd extras
May 11 2006 12:36 PMBy the Power of Grayskull!Rediscovering the heroic cartoon beefcake of my youth.
April 28 2006 12:06 PMThe Fab 4 MillionYouTube and the neglected art of lip-syncing.
Dvd extras
Feb. 23 2006 11:19 AMSaved by the GongThe sitcom that turned Margaret Cho into a cultural hero.
Low Concept
Dec. 23 2005 2:04 PMPost-Traumatic Strike DisorderOne New Yorker's heroic struggle to commute to work.
Nov. 10 2005 12:04 PMIrony MaidenHow Sarah Silverman is raping American comedy.
Aug. 18 2005 12:21 PMThe Word on the StreetThe cumulative genius of Overheard in New York.
June 21 2005 3:24 PMAnd Now For Something Completely DeficientWhy Spamalot should never have won a Tony for Best Musical.



The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.


See Me

Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.


Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
Sept. 30 2014 10:44 AM Bull---- Market America is overlooking a plentiful renewable resource: animal manure.
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 30 2014 10:10 AM A Lovable Murderer and Heroic Villain: The Story of Australia's Most Iconic Outlaw
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal. But… What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 10:48 AM One of Last Year’s Best Animated Shorts Is Finally Online for Free
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.