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The Most Dreadful Murder of the Century

A true-crime book about a 19th-century murder that takes an unexpected turn.

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July 20 2016 10:29 AM“The Concubine Culture Is Alive and Well”Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s new novel exposes the glittering compromises of the “sarong party girl.”
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July 13 2016 12:51 PMBound to LaborA controversial new novel imagines what America would look like if the Civil War had never happened.
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July 8 2016 1:21 PMYou’ve Never Heard of Charlie Chan Hock Chye?Sonny Liew’s book explores the history of Singapore—and of comics—through one fictional cartoonist’s life.
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July 7 2016 11:12 AMThe Screen and the PageFor premium-cable showrunners, novel-writing is the ultimate auteur experience.
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July 6 2016 9:15 AM“One Thing Is Inescapable: I Write”Dorthe Nors’ twinned novellas are a stunning meditation on female art-making.
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July 5 2016 7:14 AMA Perfect 16.223Dvora Meyers explains why gymnastics’ perfect 10 went away—and why it’s not coming back.
Culturebox
June 20 2016 12:59 PMWhere Is the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of Gun Control?And what would it look like?
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June 10 2016 1:11 PMThe Clerk, the Construction Worker, the Mom, and the GoldfishThe unlikely superheroes of the charming all-ages comic Power Up.
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.
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June 9 2016 11:16 AMSacred RageTerry Tempest Williams on America’s national parks and the threats they face.
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June 8 2016 4:34 PMRewinding Helen DeWittThe return of her remarkable novel The Last Samurai is perfect for our streaming-video moment.
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June 7 2016 11:10 AMExperts in Female SadnessThe Girls explores how ordinary men—and murderous psychos—use women to achieve their goals.
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June 7 2016 7:15 AMAn Interview With Lydia Millet and Jenny Offill Two close friends on bad writing habits, creative ambition, and which lines they’d steal from each other’s books.  
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June 6 2016 10:03 AMThe Great Masterpiece of Human CivilizationIt’s the internet, argues Virginia Heffernan in Magic and Loss.
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May 30 2016 10:33 AMThe Way We Live NowAnthony Trollope knows us, and he loves us just the same.
The Audio Book Club
July 18 2016 12:04 PMThe Audio Book Club Hangs With All the Single LadiesSlate critics discuss Rebecca Traister’s magisterial book on how unmarried women are changing America.
Science
July 11 2016 10:10 AMThe New Jonah Lehrer: More Honest, More Boring, Still Spreading BunkA Book About Love proves the best practices of science journalism don’t offer much insurance against distortions and half-truths.
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July 8 2016 11:00 AMBen Lerner Doesn’t Hate PoetryHis new treatise The Hatred of Poetry is actually a very effective defense of the form.
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July 6 2016 10:45 AM“Ten Years Ago, I Helped a Handful of Men Take My Little Brother’s Life”The South African novelist Masande Ntshanga’s woozy, touching The Reactive.
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July 5 2016 9:42 AMThe Messy WomanHeather Havrilesky’s advice column urges readers to revel in their own hot mess-ness.
Cover Story
June 28 2016 9:01 PMAngels in America: The Complete Oral HistoryHow Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
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June 15 2016 2:06 PMWhite TrashA new window into the time-honored tradition of American politicians stoking racial and class tensions for personal gain.
Doublex
June 10 2016 11:22 AMLove, and Do What You WillAmy Rose Spiegel writes a sex advice book for a progressive generation.
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June 10 2016 9:04 AMSusan and StefánieSusan Faludi writes about her difficult relationship with her trans father.
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June 9 2016 7:45 AMExtra OrdinaryPoets Maggie Dietz and Tess Taylor find the astonishment in everyday life.
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June 8 2016 7:15 AMModern LoversEmma Straub’s new novel beautifully captures the breathless momentum of youth—and the heartbreaks of growing up.
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June 7 2016 11:08 AMThe Paper Girls and the Alien InvadersA new comics series from the creator of Y: The Last Man puts tween girls at the center of the story.
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June 6 2016 1:20 PMDispatches From the FrontCancer destroys life, but writing amplifies it.
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June 6 2016 8:30 AM“I Was Thinking About Blackness in America”Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel, Homegoing; the writer as public figure; and getting blurbed by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Brow Beat
May 12 2016 10:04 PMGeek Love Author Katherine Dunn Dies at 70

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