Walter Kirn

Walter Kirn's most recent novels areThe UnbindingMission to America andUp in the Air. He lives in Montana and can be reached at

Jan. 9 2013 11:47 AMAdam and Eve’s Long Strange TripReading Mom’s Bible after her death: An excerpt from Walter Kirn’s new memoir.
The Book Club
Sept. 7 2007 11:49 AMMasterpiece or Masturbation?
Feb. 14 2007 3:24 PMThe Unbinding, BoundAn online novel takes its next step.
Book Blitz
Oct. 11 2006 4:58 PMWho Needs a "True Nature" Anymore?
Slate's 10th Anniversary
June 23 2006 7:35 AMThe UnbindingAn exclusive Slatenovel.
The Book Club
Oct. 19 2005 3:52 PMThe Case of the Hardy Boys and America's Spiritual Crisis
Jan. 22 1998 3:30 AMThe Usable PastPictures from America's unsavory history.
Oct. 26 1997 3:30 AMPop-Up HubrisTelevision's latest incarnation of the Greek chorus fails to tempt the gods.
Sept. 14 1997 3:30 AMSympathy for the DevilThe Hollywood pieties of Nothing Sacred.
May 7 1997 3:30 AMZ.Pynchon's tiresome mind games.
Aug. 2 2011 12:57 PMWar Is HellerWhy there are no more Joseph Hellers.
The Book Club
Sept. 5 2007 6:18 PMKerouac's Night Realm of Pure Being
Book Blitz
Oct. 13 2006 11:47 AMMonkeys, Ill-Groomed Novelists, and the Golden Future of Fiction
Book Blitz
Oct. 10 2006 6:57 PMThe Odyssey in 2006
June 29 2006 11:06 AMThe UnbindingIn which Rob and Kent face off for the final time.
The Book Club
Oct. 18 2005 12:12 PMWhat New Yorkers Don't Understand About the American West
Dec. 3 1997 3:30 AMBlabbermouthsA documentary about the people who lecture the poor.
Sept. 24 1997 3:30 AMFolk JewsThe mystical world of Bernard Malamud.
Aug. 20 1997 3:30 AMSad Sack SupermanThe Olympian degradation of Frederick Exley.
Hey, Wait A Minute
April 2 1997 3:30 AMHeaven Can't WaitWhat's so crazy about seeking eternal life ASAP?



Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Learns That Breaking Up a Country Is Hard to Do

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!


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.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

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The World
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Sept. 19 2014 12:08 PM The CIA Used to Have a Commute-By-Canoe Club. One Member's Memories
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
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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. 19 2014 12:10 PM Watch the Trailer for Big Eyes, a Tim Burton Movie About People With Normal-Sized Eyes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 11:40 AM Apple Invented the Perfect Way to Handle Your Giant New Phone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 12:13 PM The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola  The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.