Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter at

Aug. 7 2009 11:20 AMWhat Ever Happened to the Playpen?How the kiddie enclosures fell out of favor.
July 8 2009 11:17 AMSmooth, SegwayHow the much-ridiculed personal transportation device finally found a niche.
June 9 2009 6:21 PMMen At WorkHow much does road construction really snarl up traffic?
May 1 2009 3:44 PMHonk If You're Going To Report This on the InternetWeb sites where you can complain about bad parkers, slow mergers, and that jerk who cut you off.
May 2 2008 7:13 AMLawn PoxChildren's play equipment and the decline of the American yard.
Sept. 8 2004 11:20 AMThe U.S. Army's New ClothesWhy has the Army redesigned its uniforms?
Feb. 20 2004 3:50 PMCourier, DispatchedHow the U.S. State Department put the kibosh on the typewriter font.
July 20 2009 6:54 AMDon't Be So SquareWhy American drivers should learn to love the roundabout.
June 16 2009 5:40 PMBeach Chairs in Times SquareHow closing Broadway to cars could solve a century of traffic woes.
May 15 2009 12:22 PMStop This Train!Are trains slower now than they were in the 1920s?
Dec. 30 2008 8:01 AMOops! She Crashed It Again.Why celebrities are such bad drivers.
July 18 2005 6:41 AMSelf-Storage NationAmericans are storing more stuff than ever.
May 11 2004 4:04 PMSimply the BestMoMA celebrates everyday objects.



Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

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

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

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

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.


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

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

  News & Politics
Sept. 29 2014 10:00 PM “Everything Must Change in Italy” An interview with Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 29 2014 1:52 PM Do Not Fear California’s New Affirmative Consent Law
  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. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
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.