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“I Want to Read Everything”

For a reader who wants most of all to get lost in a book, the difficulty of reading short story collections is that every several pages she and the author must dissolve the world they’ve summoned up together and start anew. Fictional...Show More Summary

Accountants of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, the agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., and other such superhero support institutions always seem to be set up in posh, high-tech digs with unlimited resources. Defying the limits of fiscalShow More Summary

Stories for the Square Girls

Beverly Cleary turns 100 on April 12, and most of the attention surrounding this happy event has, understandably, celebrated Ramona Quimby. Ramona entered the scene as a minor character in Cleary’s first book, Henry Huggins, and then starred in eight more books between 1955 and 1999. Show More Summary

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the winners of the third annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The winners were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center...Show More Summary

I’ll Be There for You

Our friendships are the freest relationships we have, relatively unconstrained compared to our ties with kin or colleagues. With our friends we give as much as our hearts tell us to in rides to the airport or shoulders to cry on, and if we fall short, society doesn’t reproach us. Show More Summary

Worst-Case Scenarios

Emailing with cartoonist Jordan Crane about his incredible artwork for this month’s Slate Book Review, I asked if he could dial down, just a little bit, the pools of blood in his illustration for a book about a massacre at a Hopi village. Show More Summary

“The Bible Is Inexhaustible”

Chester Brown’s Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus may be the most provocative comic book published this year. Beginning as a series of short Bible stories, many of them with a sexual edge—Tamar grappling with her husband, Onan, Bathsheba’s affair with King David—it gradually transforms into a polemic. Show More Summary

“Licked by Fire”

In the title essay of her ensorcelling anthology Violation, Sallie Tisdale observes that “most writers approach a new story like a boxer circling the ring—with a certain reluctance to engage and break the spell of what might be.” Anyone stepping up to review Tisdale’s work faces a similar problem. Show More Summary

Harper Lee, the National Antidote

Nelle Harper Lee scoffed at her National Treasure status. She really didn’t care to be a local attraction either. The souvenir shop at the Alabama courthouse she put on the map drove her crazy. “It’s not like they’re selling To KillShow More Summary

The Shadow of Whiteness

Athena Farrokhzad’s White Blight opens in disdain—an unforgiving assault on her immigrant mother’s assimilationist ambitions. “My family arrived here in a Marxist tradition/ My mother immediately filled the house with Santa knick-knacks...Show More Summary

After the Blast

Novels about India tend to mimic their subject. For one, they’re sprawling. That started, most likely, with Salman Rushdie, who in 1981 published the very sprawling Midnight’s Children. Since then, several authors—Vikram Seth, Arundhati...Show More Summary

The Evil Place

Just before a chilly dawn in the autumn of 1700, shadowy figures slipped into the Hopi town of Awat’ovi through a gate that could only have been left unguarded by one of its own citizens. The invaders proceeded to kill most of the adults...Show More Summary

“Permission for the Imagination”

On several occasions while reading Dan Fox’s book Pretentiousness: Why It Matters, my mind drifted to the memory of a woman in a black cocktail dress and six-inch ruby-red heels performing an Indonesian ceremonial dance on a platform made from blocks of butter. Show More Summary

Workers of the Hardwood, Unite!

In early March, Louisiana State University announced that Ben Simmons, a 6-foot-10-inch Australian freshman who’d led the Tigers in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, was academically ineligible for the Wooden Award, college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. Show More Summary

Dummies for Dummies

There’s something distinctly democratic about the how-to guide, whose schtick is selling confidence to the amateur. You don’t need to be an expert, or spend years apprenticing under one, the genre promises. Just read these instructions,...Show More Summary

A Brief History of Dick

Freely adapted from The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon, out now from Simon and Schuster. Let’s get one thing absolutely clear: Robin isn’t gay. Don’t let the green Speedo and the pixie boots steer you wrong; Dick Grayson is as straight as uncooked spaghetti. Show More Summary

The Borrowed Light of the Real

About midway through Joyce Maynard’s novel Under the Influence, a character does what we all have done and performs an ill-advised, late-night Google background check on a new acquaintance. “Just doing that search left me feeling guilty,”...Show More Summary

The Scent of History

Mention the word re-enactor to the average American, and chances are you will conjure up images of weekend warriors, dressed in blue and gray, staging a famous battle from the Civil War with perhaps the occasional would-be belle in a hoop skirt on the sidelines. Show More Summary

“I’m Not an Animal Anymore”

A rule of thumb: The more avidly you want an explanation of the meaning behind a powerful and cryptic work of art—from David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive to Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis—the less satisfying and comprehensive the answer can ever be. Show More Summary

The Audio Book Club Invokes Fates and Furies

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Fates and Furies, click the arrow on the player below. Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed This month, Slate...Show More Summary

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