Blog Profile / Slate: Books

Filed Under:Entertainment / Books
Posts on Regator:1310
Posts / Week:2.9
Archived Since:July 14, 2009

Blog Post Archive

The Michael Wolff Way

In February 2017, according to Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Tony Blair met with Jared Kushner in Washington. Blair, the story goes, was eager as ever to please and offered Kushner what WolffShow More Summary

The Reviewer’s Fallacy

Not long ago I picked up To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, a 2014 novel by Joshua Ferris, mainly because of the lavish praise on the cover: “Brilliant”—Washington Post. “A major achievement”—New York Times. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. I read the book. Show More Summary

Cornel West’s Reckless Criticism of Ta-Nehisi Coates

It’s not an understatement to say that, if you are a young writer who interrogates American race relations and white supremacy, Cornel West is the firmament upon which you stand. Alongside the likes of Kimberlé Crenshaw, Angela Davis,...Show More Summary

The 8 Best Audiobooks of 2017

Like most audiobook buffs, I multitask; listening to a great actor read a great book is one of the rare things that makes regular workouts endurable. Still, there are always a few releases each year that are so transfixing they make any additional activity impossible. Show More Summary

The 19 Best Sentences of 2017

“Style is not a glaze applied late in the day to make prose look or sound better.” —Geoff Dyer, “Dead Ball Situation,” Harper’s “Is there anything less clear than an accusation made when you’re running out the door?” —Durga Chew-Bose,...Show More Summary

Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017

This has not been a good year for the calm, measured, contemplative act of reading, as every book publisher can attest. Settling down with a book felt a bit like slipping into a hot bath while the fire alarm was going off. For thoseShow More Summary

Katy Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan Read Laura Miller’s review of Manhattan Beach. Listen to Slate’s Audio Book Club discuss the book. Jennifer Egan reportedly wrote A Visit From the Goon Squad, her mesmerizing, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel in stories from 2010, to avoid working on a piece of “bad historical fiction” she’d started. Show More Summary

These Happy Golden Years

The word “dreams” in the subtitle of Caroline Fraser’s new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is plural for a reason. Laura’s Little House novels, based on her childhood experiences living on homesteads...Show More Summary

The Return of the Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the sixth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize! Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize is awarded to two cartoonists whose work exemplifies excellence in cartooning. Show More Summary

Dr. Strangelove Was a Documentary

Daniel Ellsberg gained notoriety in the early 1970s for leaking the Pentagon Papers, the Defense Department’s top-secret history of the Vietnam War, and then for outspokenly protesting the war and the government’s secrecy which sustained it. Show More Summary


Just after Kevin Young handed in the manuscript of his magnum opus on American hucksterism, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, his publisher had to send it back to him. Young—a noted poet,...Show More Summary

The Poet-Historian

In Poet in Spain, a new volume of translations of Federico García Lorca’s poetry by Sarah Arvio, we see a wide-ranging exhibition of Lorca’s curiosity about marginalized groups—from his fascination with 14 th -century Persian poetry in The Tamarit Divan to his idealization of Andalusia’s Romani history in Gypsy Ballads. Show More Summary

Man On

A Natural, the third novel from Ross Raisin—one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, and something of a natural himself—is un-self-consciously concerned with themes that could give certain readers pause. Masculinity, loneliness,...Show More Summary

The Year in Best-Sellers

Talk to anyone who worked in book publishing this year and no matter how chipper the conversation may begin, once you’re a few drinks in the talk will turn gloomy. Sales are flat, or down. There have been no market-defining breakout hits, no hot new genres to plump up the annual earnings statement. Show More Summary

Gourmand, à l’Américain

The vastly overused French word gourmet indicates, in its original meaning, a connoisseur, someone who is not only knowledgeable about food but also highly exacting about all issues regarding fine dining. A true gourmet is likely to be rather conservative and lack patience for any form of indulgence. Show More Summary

The Occasional Date

“I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual,” observes Alan Bennett in his latest collection of diaries, Keeping On Keeping On. Bennett’s been banging on in his published journals since the 1980s and makes no apology for...Show More Summary

Is Trump Crazy?

Ever since Donald Trump descended that escalator in his Fifth Avenue skyscraper, the media has been obsessed with adjudicating his mental health. During the campaign, we speculated over whether he was a sociopath or a narcissist or a...Show More Summary

Shell Game

Heather, the Totality, the first novel by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, is a peculiar artifact. Weiner has said that the book was inspired by a moment he witnessed on Manhattan’s Upper East Side: He saw a very young, very beautiful...Show More Summary

Bad Impression

How did we let an arrogant, rage-filled, scandal-plagued jerk reach such a position of power, when with every impulsive tweet and blustering interview, he reveals himself to be loudly obnoxious and addicted to attention? I refer, ofShow More Summary

One Path for the Impersonal Essay

In one of the canniest touches in Sally Rooney’s novel, Conversations With Friends, published earlier this year, a writer idolized by Rooney’s 21-year-old narrator and her best friend is celebrated for her collection of essays. Is there...Show More Summary

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC