Katy Waldman
Katy Waldman Katy Waldman

Katy Waldman is Slate’s words correspondent.

Brow Beat
June 17 2016 5:22 PMPoet Maggie Smith on Watching Her Poem Go Viral in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting
Lexicon Valley
June 14 2016 1:06 PMYou Don’t Care if Someone Is Black, White, Green, or Purple? You Should!
The Audio Book Club
June 10 2016 11:12 AMThe Audio Book Is EligibleSlate critics discuss Curtis Sittenfeld’s contemporary update of Pride and Prejudice.
Lexicon Valley
June 4 2016 5:59 PM“I Done Handcuffed Lightning”: The Exuberant Spoken-Word Poetry of Muhammad Ali    
Brow Beat
June 1 2016 3:51 PMFranzen’s Purity Will Become a TV Series Starring the Icy Menace of Daniel Craig
The XX Factor
May 26 2016 8:33 AMDavid Brooks Says Hobbies Make Us Interesting. But What Counts as a Hobby?
Lexicon Valley
May 24 2016 12:26 PMCheesy, Syrupy, Corny: Why Do We Describe Art We Dislike as if It Tastes Bad?
Brow Beat
May 20 2016 8:31 AMZac Efron’s Teddy In Neighbors 2 Is Our First Post–Frat-Bro Frat Bro
Brow Beat
May 9 2016 7:31 AMI Went to the Taping of Jeopardy Featuring Jonathan Franzen, and He Was Completely, Grumpily Charming
Slate Plus
May 5 2016 11:57 AMAll My HatersOn being wrong on the internet.
Brow Beat
April 29 2016 12:27 PMOh No, the Puppies Are Back for the 2016 Hugo Awards—and As Angry As Ever
Lexicon Valley
April 22 2016 7:30 AMThe Surreal, Dionysian Poetry of Prince’s Lyrics
Brow Beat
April 19 2016 3:48 PMHow Disney’s New ​Jungle Book Subverts the Gross Colonialism of Rudyard Kipling
Brow Beat
April 15 2016 2:51 PMSerial Alibi Witness Asia McClain Will Spill Her “Confessions” in a Memoir 
The Audio Book Club
April 11 2016 9:51 AMThe Audio Book Club Reads When Breath Becomes AirSlate critics debate neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi’s cancer memoir.
The XX Factor
June 16 2016 5:14 PMYou Will Never Unsee This Wondrously Strange Fake Japanese Advertisement for Donald Trump
Lexicon Valley
June 12 2016 5:51 PMA Brief, Inglorious History of “Not Politicizing Tragedy”
Books
June 8 2016 7:15 AMModern LoversEmma Straub’s new novel beautifully captures the breathless momentum of youth—and the heartbreaks of growing up.
Lexicon Valley
June 2 2016 3:28 PM(((The Jewish Cowbell))): Unpacking a Gross New Meme From the Alt-Right
The XX Factor
May 27 2016 10:56 AMThe New Inquiry Says Feminists Should Defend Cliques. That’s Ridiculous.    
The XX Factor
May 24 2016 12:35 PMThe Canon Is Sexist, Racist, Colonialist, and Totally Gross. Yes, You Have to Read It Anyway.
Lexicon Valley
May 23 2016 1:25 PMSometimes, Reporters ​Should Clean Up Ungrammatical Quotes
Brow Beat
May 12 2016 6:00 AMCurtis Sittenfeld’s Deft, Feminist Eligible Has Been Slammed by Critics. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.
The Audio Book Club
May 6 2016 11:32 AMThe Audio Book Club Meets Lab GirlSlate critics discuss Hope Jahren’s memoir of plants and friendship. 
Lexicon Valley
May 4 2016 9:00 AMWhy Do We Delete the Initial Pronoun From Our Sentences? Glad You Asked.
Lexicon Valley
April 28 2016 8:22 AMA New Play Will Scramble Your View of How Language Means, Mystifies, and Falls Short    
Brow Beat
April 20 2016 2:44 PMThis Creepy Trailer for The Girl on the Train Looks as Darkly Fascinating as the Book
Lexicon Valley
April 18 2016 11:17 AMFrom Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting    
Brow Beat
April 12 2016 7:31 AMCalvin Trillin’s New Yorker Poem Wasn’t Just Offensive. It Was Bad Satire.
Books
April 8 2016 11:33 AM“Licked by Fire”Sallie Tisdale’s essays use elaborate metaphors to explore the morality of memoir. 

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