Books

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?

The Three Most Important Traits of People Who Make the World Work
"Invisibles" perform key tasks without seeking credit. And they're in high demand.
June 01, 2014

Are you an "invisible"? If you're skilled, creative and don't care much about getting credit, the job market is hot for you. 

When French Irrationality Was Deadly
The writers who fell in love with fascism
May 31, 2014

France was the seat of the Enlightenment and intellectual order. Perhaps this made its writers fall in love with disorder.

The Winner in the Kinsley-Greenwald Spat: The New York Times Book Review
Opinion journalism—which is what a book review is—can not be subject to some kind of impartial standard of correctness.
May 29, 2014

Opinion journalism—which is what a book review is—can not be subject to some kind of impartial standard of correctness.

Saint Maya
Angelou's flawed books helped relieve black writers of the burden of representing their race
May 28, 2014

There isn't much art in her books, but she helped pave the way for black writers who can enjoy the luxury of being merely individuals rather than representatives of their race.

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