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?



Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again

The XX Factor

I’m 25. I Have $250.03.

My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I’m 25. I Have $250.03. My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Free Speech

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 3:13 PM Why Countries Make Human Rights Pledges They Have No Intention of Honoring
Oct. 21 2014 4:33 PM Walmart Is Killing the Rest of Corporate America in Solar Power Adoption
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 1:47 PM The Best Way to Fry an Egg
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.