The Wasted Mind of Sen. Ben Sasse
How Jake Tapper’s Performative Neutrality Made Him the Ideal Newsman for Our Age
20th Century Women Will Land Annette Bening her Fifth Oscar Nom. Here’s Why She Should Win.
The End of the Nancy Grace Era: Why Did We Tire of HLN’s Avenging Angel?
How Jane Lynch Makes Pop Culture’s Nastiest Villains the Most Likable Characters on TV
Channing Tatum Reminds Us That Acting Isn’t Just Saying Lines—It’s a Body in Motion
St. Patrick: No Snakes. No Shamrocks. Just the Facts.
Helen Gurley Brown Has Died: Read Slate’s Assessment of the Longtime Cosmopolitan Editor
How Hemingway Became the Literary Equivalent of the Nike Swoosh
How Tintin Invented the Hollywood Blockbuster
The Long, Strange History of Christmas Carols
The Secret to Haruki Murakami’s Success. Hint: It’s not Great Writing
Lady Gaga: pop’s leading conservative.
Why we should shorten the month of August.
Book clubs in America: Why do we love them so much?
Pie: It’s Gloppy, It’s Soggy, It’s Un-American
Saturday Night Live: The embarrassing uncle of American comedy.
Jim Lehrer steps down from NewsHour: how the endlessly civil anchor became PBS’ answer to Walter Cronkite.
Why David Foster Wallace inspires such devotion in his fans.
Why is Simon Winchester so popular? Assessing the author of The Professor and the Madman and other books.