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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

Whose Fault?

When someone we love dies, we often say that we have lost them. It’s a comforting expression, almost hopeful. Lost objects can often be found again, no matter how long they’ve been gone. Simultaneously, however, the phrasing implies a disquieting degree of agency—the dead are not simply misplaced; we have misplaced them. Show More Summary

In the Tower of the Dragon

You could be forgiven for thinking that the character called “the Dragon” in Naomi Novik’s engrossing fantasy novel Uprooted will be, well, a dragon. Novik is after all the author of the hugely entertaining Temeraire series of novels...Show More Summary

Aziz Is Typing …

Aziz Ansari was crushing on a girl we’ll call Tanya. As Ansari tells it in Modern Romance, his new book on love in the time of the smartphone, the pair hit it off at a mutual friend’s birthday party back in 2012. He invited her over to his place for a cocktail, and they spent the evening listening to Beach House and making out. Show More Summary

Friedrich Nietzsche, Get Out of This Boat!

Can one lone pre-Socratic in a canoe teach you everything you failed to learn about philosophy in college? Of course (though how can you be certain that you actually exist, etc.)! In the entertaining, erudite Cartoon Introduction toShow More Summary

Why So Poky?

Reading to one’s children is, as everyone knows, one of the great pleasures of parenthood. I love the creaturely warmth of my daughter snuggled up close and the feeling of giving her something intrinsically human and necessary. And Eliza loves being read to. Show More Summary

Failure to Compare 

On Nov. 21, 2014, the United States launched what Micah Zenko, writing in the Atlantic, termed “its 500 th non-battlefield targeted killing.” Exactly two weeks after that strike, which, according to an unnamed source, used two missiles...Show More Summary

The Fame Monster

If you’ve ever ridden public transportation in a major city, you’ve seen hip young women with their headphones and their lace-up boots, their black jeans and faux fur, their deep V’s and slightly tortured vibes. Young women are always...Show More Summary


Remember the space shuttle, that lemon? After the pioneering triumphs of the Apollo program, the workaday shuttle introduced by President Nixon to “routinize” spaceflight was bound to be a disappointment. It’s in the names. “Apollo”: Greek god of truth and light. Show More Summary

Savage Love

Among all the charming stories in Shirley Jackson’s two charming midcentury memoirs of raising four charming children in the charming town of Bennington, Vermont, the one that I urge anyone who might ever want to write about his family to study like the Talmud is about a boy called Charles. Show More Summary

After Life After Life

Kate Atkinson’s best-selling 2013 novel Life After Life was a high-concept metafiction that repeatedly killed off its main character, Ursula Todd, only to resurrect her. Its new “companion” book, A God in Ruins, eschews that conceit: Characters live once, and die for good. Show More Summary

An Everyday Transcendence

Tracy K. Smith’s new memoir, Ordinary Light, is aptly named. Many of the recollections rendered in it are deceptively simple. In early chapters, Smith recalls being kicked by a calf when she was 4. “I felt betrayed, stunned by this first...Show More Summary

Coming Home

Many readers know what it’s like to feel out of place. But not everyone understands the emotional tug-of-war of the expatriate: A person who has worked to make a place for herself in a new land, while never quite losing the connection to her old home. Show More Summary

The Discreet Charm of the Paperie

It takes a confident writer to begin a book with a long discussion of the evolution of paper clips, push pins, and binder fasteners before even touching on sexier subjects like glue, sticky tape, and pencil erasers. Fortunately, James...Show More Summary


Kim Kardashian has been taking selfies since 1984. That was the year she first immortalized her own face in an admiring close-up—round cheeks filling the frame, flash shining in her toddler eyes like a premonition. Some other baby Kardashian wails beside her, unmoved by the photo op, but Kim confronts the camera head-on. Show More Summary

Werner Herzog Takes a Walk

In the late fall of 1974, the director Werner Herzog got a telephone call with the news that his friend and mentor, the German film critic Lotte Eisner, was dying. Herzog’s reaction was characteristically extreme: “Our Eisner mustn’t die, she will not die, I won’t permit it,” he wrote at the time. Show More Summary

Joshua Levin Is a Gangly Nebbish

Joshua Levin is not David Justice or Steve Austin or The Rock. It is not a name that conveys strength or courage or any other quality associated with rough-hewn masculinity. It is the name of a nebbish, a man who spends his days staring at a laptop screen and whose work output is, at best, one non-atrocious phrase per day. Show More Summary

“And People?”

Last year, when my daughter Eliza was 3, we went to stay with my in-laws for a week. About two hours into our stay, we discovered that we had neglected to bring enough books. (For her, that is; I had brought three for myself and didn’t...Show More Summary

Losing Control of the Language

About halfway through I’m Very Into You, a collection of the 1995–96 correspondence between the writers Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, Acker writes, “Life’s too short not to be lived as fully as possible. Wonder what’ll happen next?” In Acker’s case, a few months later, the cancer she thought she had beaten would return. Show More Summary

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