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Books
Nov. 30 2016 5:51 AMThe Scheherazade of the East BayMichael Chabon’s Moonglow is once again testament to the power of storytelling to cast a spell.
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Nov. 16 2016 11:15 AMZadie Smith on Male Critics, Appropriation, and What Interests Her Novelistically About TrumpA wide-ranging conversation.
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Nov. 10 2016 3:30 PMThe Brimming Heart of Zadie SmithAfter the departure of NW, Swing Time returns her to the clamorous, loving realism she does best.
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Nov. 10 2016 7:00 AMIsland of the Blue Dolphins and the Dream of LonelinessHow the great children’s novel about a girl left alone on an island in the Pacific was written—and the real girl whose story inspired it.
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Nov. 8 2016 9:33 AMThe Next GenerationA sharp novel about the daughter of Holocaust survivors living in Israel.
Culturebox
Nov. 7 2016 10:56 AMThe Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
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Nov. 7 2016 7:07 AMThe Romantics and the Opium-EaterThe long, wild, and squalid life of Thomas De Quincey.
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Oct. 19 2016 10:00 AMThe Marvelous Order of the CityJane Jacobs knew what made cities tick. A new biography can’t do the same for her.
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Oct. 7 2016 11:43 AMLonely HuntersEmily Witt’s Future Sex irresistibly explores the mournfulness and hopefulness of singledom today.
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Oct. 6 2016 10:57 AMWhen a Time-Traveling Space Hero Gets Lost, Who Takes Care of Him?John Martz’s touching comic Burt’s Way Home.
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Oct. 5 2016 12:10 PMEerie and CheeryShirley Jackson was dismissed because she was a housewife. Then she was dismissed because she wrote supernatural tales. Don’t dismiss her.
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Oct. 5 2016 11:10 AM“A Terrible Propensity for Malice”An account of a juicy British scandal is also a history of the persecution of gay men in 1960s Britain.
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Oct. 4 2016 1:30 PMLingwe UniversaliaEsperanto may have failed to change the world, but it’s succeeded in transforming its speakers.
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Oct. 2 2016 8:31 PMNow and ThenHow the idea of time travel entered the cultural imagination.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2016 3:30 PMThe Story of John le Carré and His Father, the Anti–George Smiley
The Audio Book Club
Nov. 21 2016 7:00 AMThe Audio Book Club Travels the Underground RailroadSlate critics discuss two novels that reimagine our racist past and present.
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Nov. 11 2016 11:40 AMLife Among the StarsBob Dylan, Meryl Streep, Leonard Cohen: Marni Jackson’s surreal fiction about real celebrities.
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Nov. 10 2016 9:15 AMChild Brides The long, nauseating American history of older men marrying young girls.
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Nov. 9 2016 2:36 PMAn Epic Sci-Fi That Combines Steampunk, Body Horror, and Beautiful DesignSimon Roy’s Habitat.
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Nov. 8 2016 7:39 AMAgainst EverythingThe prickly pleasures of Mark Greif’s rants about contemporary culture.
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Nov. 7 2016 10:03 AMThe Great Dying That Is to ComeMichael McCarthy celebrates the natural world and mourns our implacable destruction of it.
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Oct. 24 2016 9:02 AMSwerve! Crash!The wild fiction of Nell Zink.
The Audio Book Club
Oct. 11 2016 9:23 AMThe Audio Book Club Gets ShrillSlate critics discuss Lindy West’s brash, funny memoir.
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Oct. 7 2016 5:45 AMThe Funniest Living Writers Choose the Funniest Books in the WorldWe asked more than 30 writers for the books that make them laugh. They had a lot to say.
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Oct. 6 2016 9:30 AMReady for the EndWorks of prepper fiction reveal a dark truth about American virtues.
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Oct. 5 2016 11:21 AM“I’m Glad That I Don’t Have to Figure Out the Meaning of Life”A conversation with Max Ritvo.
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Oct. 4 2016 3:20 PMCuriosity in the Face of ImmensityDavid Macaulay has spent more than three decades explaining the way things work.
Culturebox
Oct. 3 2016 5:57 AMThe Literal Hell of McMansionsThe suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.
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Sept. 27 2016 11:07 AMBruce Springsteen’s Brilliant DisguiseThe Boss discusses his depression, the E Street Band’s misogyny, and rock ’n’ roll’s racial difficulties in his new memoir.
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Sept. 14 2016 7:00 AMHow to Play Your Way to a Fun LifeJust don’t expect to enjoy everything all the time, says Ian Bogost in his new book, Play Anything.

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