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“He Couldn’t Conceive of a Life Without Being the Editor of the NYRB

Ian Buruma on the genius of Bob Silvers, the Review’s cultural influence, and the art of wrangling writerly egos.

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March 20 2017 9:30 AMIn Search of Lost TimeThe hipsters at the center of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears invent an ancient black bluesman—but is he real after all?
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March 17 2017 11:33 AMThe Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
The Audio Book Club
March 13 2017 1:09 PMIt’s Swing Time for the Audio Book ClubSlate critics discuss Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
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March 8 2017 7:45 AMThe Work Love Has to DoRebecca Solnit’s radiant descriptions of today’s feminism could sound laughably oblivious. Instead, they feel like a ray of hope in the dark.
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March 6 2017 9:04 AMFaceless MassesMohsin Hamid’s new novel is a missed opportunity to make refugee characters seem vivid, human, and real.
Culturebox
Feb. 27 2017 7:15 AMThe End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
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Feb. 20 2017 9:04 AMA Novelist in SeasonAli Smith’s new quartet starts with Autumn and is set right … about … now.
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Feb. 17 2017 11:54 AMThe Raw Nerve of PainA conversation with Daphne Merkin about grappling with severe depression.
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Feb. 12 2017 8:04 PMBenevolent ImperialismRobert D. Kaplan attempts to explain American greatness via a road trip across America.
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Feb. 9 2017 10:48 AMVisionary PuppiesA new book unpacks Peter Thiel’s gambit to pay teens to skip college and incubate big ideas. If only it also unpacked Thiel himself.
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Feb. 8 2017 2:43 PMA Dry SoulJ.M. Coetzee’s new novel pits reason and passion against each other. It would be a lot sexier if reason didn’t win.
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Feb. 7 2017 6:49 PMOur Minds Are IntricateKathleen Collins’ remarkable stories feel like peeking through a keyhole at the inner lives of black women in another era.
Culturebox
Feb. 6 2017 10:11 AMLong OverdueWhy public libraries are finally eliminating the late-return fine.
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Feb. 3 2017 9:00 AM“This Is My TownHow rapacious capitalism transformed one Ohio city from the American dream to a nightmare.
The Audio Book Club
Jan. 23 2017 4:09 PMThe Audio Book Club Receives Some Postcards From the EdgeSlate critics discuss Carrie Fisher’s spirited novel about Hollywood.
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March 20 2017 9:06 AMOur Disheveled WorldElif Batuman sets out to write a novel as chaotic, random, and intoxicating as real life.
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March 14 2017 7:15 AMThe ShowgirlThe life and work of the magnificent, uncontainable Angela Carter.
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March 9 2017 7:41 AMThe Horror of SadnessJohn Darnielle’s new novel is like an extended X-Files episode that turns into a moving meditation on loss.
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March 7 2017 9:45 AMBig Little TruthsDon’t call Liane Moriarty’s novels fluffy—not when their characters feel so real.
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March 6 2017 7:00 AMThe Senate Torture Report in Graphic-Novel FormAn adaptation.
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Feb. 24 2017 1:40 PMGlamorous WoundsCat Marnell and Alana Massey both mine their darkest, messiest selves in first-person writing. But their styles couldn’t be more different.
The Audio Book Club
Feb. 17 2017 1:12 PMThe Audio Book Club Gets Tangled Up in BlueSlate critics discuss the poetry of Bob Dylan’s lyrics.
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Feb. 15 2017 4:49 PMThe Misunderstood Ghost of James BaldwinHow critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.
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Feb. 10 2017 4:20 PMThe Abominable Mr. SeabrookThe story of one of the most fascinating, outrageous humans ever to live was lost to history. Until Joe Ollmann decided to draw it.
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Feb. 8 2017 4:45 PMGhost in the MachineA Washington ghostwriter gets caught in the Clinton scandal complex.
Culturebox
Feb. 8 2017 5:55 AMIs My Novel Offensive?How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.
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Feb. 7 2017 11:23 AMThe Cost of ProgressWhat’s missing from Jonathan Chait’s new book on Obama’s legacy is what’s missing from Obama’s worldview: a sense of tragedy.
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Feb. 6 2017 9:40 AMThe Beautiful WorldGeorge Saunders’ first novel is lovely, moving, and fundamentally the wrong book for this moment in history.
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Jan. 25 2017 9:30 AMAge of AngerWhat America’s violent transition to modernity has in common with the rise of Islamic extremism.
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Jan. 17 2017 9:30 AMLetters to a Young MuslimI grew up as a devout Muslim, and these essays about the dangers of radicalism hit very close to home.

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