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From Tapestries to Texting Bubbles

More than a century and a half ago, newlyweds Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne scratched a love message to each other into the window of their cottage with Sophia’s diamond ring. “Man’s accidents are God’s purposes,” they etched into the pane. Show More Summary


When does it first strike you, this feeling? When you’re a kid, seeing the ocean weave through trees from the back seat of your parents’ car? In high school, perched on warm bleachers and watching the sun flare bright against the tubas...Show More Summary

Fitzgerald the Pro

“All my stories are conceived like novels,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote his literary agent, Harold Ober, and that was the problem. As with his novels, the stories each required “one little drop of something not blood, not a tear,Show More Summary

Eat or Be Eaten

Secret, the leading American women’s deodorant brand, has sold its product in scents that include Hawaii Citrus Breeze, Coconut Splash, So Very Summerberry, Pretty ’n Peach, Mystic Melon, Cherry Mischief, Truth or Pear, and Vanilla Chai. The...Show More Summary

The Unusual Mind of Clarice Lispector

“Behold us nearly here, coming down the long path,” Clarice Lispector writes in the story “The Burned Sinner and the Harmonious Angels.” “An angel’s fall is a direction.” For almost all of New Directions’ remarkable new Complete Stories, brilliantly translated by Katrina Dodson, I felt wrapped in flame. Show More Summary

Ghost Story from a Haunted Conscience

Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird became iconic almost immediately after appearing in 1960: best-seller status; the Pulitzer Prize the next year; a classic movie soon after, with Gregory Peck in an Academy Award–winning role.Show More Summary

Petty Brutality  

Karolina Waclawiak’s The Invaders isn’t about a family as much as it is about people who are deeply committed to their own destruction. The novel is set in the fictional Little Neck Cove, Connecticut, where the rumored relatives of presidents, senators, and other very important persons make their seaside homes. Show More Summary

Ask Not For Whom the Goat Bleats

Stavros Stavros Mavrakis had a rough night. He was “in bed, cold, with no woman but plenty of woman troubles” and “dreaming of home,” Crete. The island missed him. It “was going through a tough time economically without people like him,” hardworking New Jersey diner owners with a nose for business and solid family values. Show More Summary

American Beauties

Since the Kennedys first descended on Hyannis Port, fresh-faced, long-limbed, sun-kissed models have been used to sell rugby shirts, shorts embroidered with anchors, and plaid everything. But the fashion industry wasn’t always so enamored with looking American, whether narrowly defined as WASP-y or broadly characterized as un-European. Show More Summary

“We” the People

Did you know the word evidence comes from the Latin videre, meaning “to see”? Did you know that explode and applause share a common root, plaudere, which means “to clap”? How about that distract means “to pull apart in different directions”?...Show More Summary

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me checks in at a trim 152 pages but lands like a major work, a book destined to remain on store shelves, bedside tables, and high school and college syllabi long after its author or any of us have left this Earth. Show More Summary

That Peculiar Almost Affirmative

Invitingly small, little more than pocket-size—the pocket in some cargo pants, perhaps—Colm Tóibín’s On Elizabeth Bishop is, at different moments and to varying degrees, a primer and a personal reflection; an introduction to Bishop and...Show More Summary

The Cartoonist Other Cartoonists Can’t Wait to Read

Since 2009, when he published the first issue of his recurring comics series Pope Hats, the Canadian cartoonist Ethan Rilly has attracted fans. Like, big-deal fans, at least in the odd and rarefied world of art comics, with praise coming his way from cartoonists like Seth and Adrian Tomine. Show More Summary

What Can Browne Do For You?

Sir Thomas Browne, the 17th-century English physician and man of letters, has always been too varied a writer to achieve lasting literary fame. Nowadays, we’d call him an essayist—but the name just barely fits the bewildering range of topics touched by his pen. Show More Summary

Serious Bill-Paying Skillage

Armada is a story about how gamers are the most important people in the world. This is not a new story; it's served as the inspiration for countless video games over the past 40 years, not to mention the recent harassment campaigns that spawned out of gaming culture and the wounded, entitled pride at their heart. Show More Summary

Cry Daddy

I can’t remember the last time I cried at a grown-up novel or film, but certain children’s books and movies make me cry every time. I know many parents who share my weakness: There you are, sitting on the couch with a kid, pleasantly...Show More Summary

The Original Online

In Joshua Cohen’s new novel, Book of Numbers, a struggling writer named Joshua Cohen is hired to ghostwrite the autobiography of Joshua Cohen, a Jobsian tech guru whose vast empire, Tetration, was founded on the invention of search.Show More Summary

The Unexpected Lightness of Milan Kundera’s New Novel

When its publisher announced in early 2015 that The Festival of Insignificance, Milan Kundera’s first novel in 13 years, would be a “summation of his life’s work,” fans were giddy with anticipation. With uncanny prescience, Kundera’s...Show More Summary

The Audio Book Club Squints at All the Light We Cannot See

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of All the Light We Cannot See, click the arrow on the player below: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This month Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. Show More Summary

A Forest in Which to Grow Fancies

Has B. Catling built a novel? As well as being a poet and novelist, Brian Catling is an English sculptor and performance artist, and this shows: He has not constructed a book so much as a happening, established the framework for a literary situation in which anything may occur. Show More Summary

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