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What a Character

The fragile, young savant in Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut novel joins the ranks of our best child protagonists.

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Feb. 5 2016 8:59 AM“I’m Not an Animal Anymore”Han Kang’s mystifying, ecstatic The Vegetarian.
The Audio Book Club
Feb. 4 2016 9:38 AMThe Audio Book Club Travels to (Lucia) BerlinSlate critics debate the underrated author’s collected stories. 
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Feb. 3 2016 1:04 PMA Comic for Readers Who Like to SquirmNick Drnaso’s unsettling book of short stories Beverly.
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Feb. 2 2016 10:45 AMIndistinguishable From Magic In its third decade, Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series explores the magic of systems and words.
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Feb. 1 2016 9:34 AMTransformersA 19th-century opera star must face the person she once was in Alexander Chee’s novel.
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Jan. 21 2016 5:50 PMThe Vindicated ParentsA history of autism hints at why the vaccination scare has taken hold so firmly.
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Jan. 13 2016 5:15 AMLadies of LeisureThe resurgence of the housewife novel.
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Jan. 8 2016 10:42 AMThe End of the StoryDiana Athill, Roger Angell, and Ann Burack-Weiss on old age.
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Jan. 7 2016 3:33 PMWild and FreeThis bold new novel about a woman’s relationship with a squirrel blurs the line between eccentricity and madness.
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Jan. 7 2016 9:30 AMHeadlong Shane McCrae’s frantic poetry attempts to outrun racism.
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Jan. 6 2016 12:58 PMThe Last RotationIllness brings stillness to the final days of a young neurosurgeon.
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Jan. 6 2016 10:48 AMLet Loose the Laws of WarHow the Obama administration determined the legality of its anti-terrorism policies.
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Jan. 5 2016 7:00 AMChina Miéville Spreads PossibilitiesIs his new book fantasy? Sci-fi? Confusing? Revealing? 
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Jan. 3 2016 7:52 PMSomeday Never ComesThe death-embracing magic of Marie Kondo.
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Dec. 17 2015 12:32 PMBill O’Reilly Makes a KillingStriding into my office, I gazed at the Fox News host’s wildly successful series of historical thrillers.
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Feb. 4 2016 1:38 PM“I Would Never Forgive Myself if I Let the Book Go Out”Alexander Chee on why, three years ago, he withdrew his novel The Queen of the Night just before publication.
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Feb. 4 2016 8:00 AMA Conversation With The New York Times’ A.O. ScottOn the purpose of film criticism, the academy’s diversity problem, and why Leo DiCaprio shouldn’t get an Oscar for 2.5 hours of grunting.
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Feb. 3 2016 10:00 AMTextual HazardsRachel Cantor’s second novel examines a navel-gazing translator’s crumbling personal life. 
Culturebox
Feb. 2 2016 9:30 AMThe Curious Case of the Self-Loathing Lit-Fic Book TrailerThe art of self-deprecation meets the business of publishing.
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Jan. 31 2016 8:31 PMThe Critic as ArtistA.O. Scott defends criticism—but against whom?
The Audio Book Club
Jan. 14 2016 8:07 AMThe Audio Book Club PurifiesSlate critics debate Jonathan Franzen’s sprawling new novel.
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Jan. 8 2016 1:58 PMDare to DisappointOzge Samanci’s charming cartoon memoir of a regimented—yet still often surprising—childhood in Turkey.
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Jan. 7 2016 5:22 PMThe Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Richard McGuire, Chris Ware, and Noelle Stevenson. 
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Jan. 7 2016 3:02 PMBleeding EdgesPaul Lisicky’s lovely and honest memoir of a friendship. 
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Jan. 6 2016 5:33 PMGroucho Marx’s Comedy Is Pure, Bleak Nihilism  So why does it make us laugh?
History
Jan. 6 2016 11:41 AMIs History Written About Men, by Men?A careful study of recent popular history books reveals a genre dominated by generals, presidents—and male authors.  
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Jan. 5 2016 3:05 PMShakespeare’s WorldA fascinating new collection of essays profiles the people in Shakespeare’s life, from his wife to his actors to his landlord.
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Jan. 4 2016 12:16 PMThe Half-MaskA history of beards explores the way they hide, or extol, the masculinity of the gentleman who wears one.
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Dec. 23 2015 5:30 AMThe Perfect NovelEmma turns 200.
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Dec. 9 2015 3:10 PMThe Audio Book Club Invokes Fates and FuriesSlate critics debate Lauren Groff’s ambitious new novel.

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