Books

A Famous Science Fiction Writer's Descent Into Libertarian Madness
Robert A. Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it
June 08, 2014

Robert Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it.

The Transgender Rights Movement Needs a Goofy, Basic Foundational Text
It worked for feminism
June 08, 2014

It worked for feminism.

In the Near Future, Only Very Wealthy Colleges Will Have English Departments
Adapt (not publish) or perish
June 08, 2014

The change isn’t necessarily an evil to be decried.

Gandhi Was a Crank Before He Was a Saint
His morally nuanced early years in South Africa
June 07, 2014

Gandhi may have been non-violent, but he could hurt people nonetheless.

'Fiddler on the Roof' Distorted Sholem Aleichem
But Sholem Aleichem distorted shtetl life to begin with
June 07, 2014

Two new books together underscore the extent to which both Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem were creatures of their audiences.

I Write Young Adult Novels, and I Refuse to Apologize for It
June 06, 2014

Adults should not be embarrassed to read—or write—YA fiction.

In Praise of Reading Whatever the Hell You Want
Don't let Slate make you feel ashamed for reading books that you love
June 05, 2014

Don't let anyone make you feel ashamed for reading books that you love

"How Au Courant I Am, Eating This Pig Face"
Why some foods become trendy, and others never take off
June 05, 2014

Cronuts, Arabica beans, and “I love bacon” bumper stickers—food trends are more about fashion than taste.    

The Day I Met J.D. Salinger
June 04, 2014

"I found myself standing in front of my boss and Salinger—Jerry—resisting the urge to smooth my skirt."

Why We Don’t Like Stories in Which the Mentally Ill Heroine Recovers
The surprisingly stable afterlife of the author of 'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden'
June 03, 2014

What happens when the author of a classic YA memoir of mental illness grows up?

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