Slate’s Christopher Beam has something to get off his chest.
In a post last night, Mr. Beam, who writes the website’s ‘Trailhead’ blog, confessed that he may have accidentally set off the ridiculous Barack and Michelle Obama "terrorist fist-bump" meme that found its way into this week’s New Yorker‘s cover illustration by Read More
Two weeks ago this reporter delved into the shadowy world of adorable animals and the people who love snorgling them. If you’ll allow me to break from journalistic objectivity (while simultaneously breaking into first-person), it was a hairy assignment, full of wet noses and wagging tails. It was also one that changed me Read More
In a recent New Yorker essay on the subject of theodicy, James Wood wrote: Theologians and philosophers talk about ‘the problem of evil,’ and the hygienic phrase itself bespeaks a certain distance from extreme suffering, the view from a life inside the charmed circle. They mean the classic difficulty of how we justify the existence Read More
Yesterday on Fox News—America’s Election HQ!—Megyn Kelly interviewed Fox News contributor and New Yorker profile rejecter Michelle Malkin about potential First Lady Michelle Obama. During the course of her echo chamber-like criticism of Ms. Obama (that’s not a metaphor: someone should’ve checked Ms. Malkin’s mic before putting her on air), Ms. Malkin said, Read More
The Slate family is getting bigger, and consquently, a restructuring is in order! David Plotz, longtime deputy for the thinky, contrarian Web magazine, is becoming the new chief editor of the site. He’ll be the third editor of the 12-year-old site, succeeding Jacob Weisberg who succeeded Michael Kinsley. Weisberg will now oversee all the Slate Read More
In a bit of marital stunt journalism, Slate’s David Plotz and The Atlantic‘s Hanna Rosin decided to spend a whole day 15 feet apart and report on their experiences. (They also let Slate V’s camera’ follow them.)
Inspired by a recent New York Times ‘House & Home’ story about a Buddhist Read More
Nikki Finke, The Observer‘s 2007 Media Mensch of the Year, has a bone to pick with Defamer.
On her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, Ms. Finke offers a look inside the Hollywood gossip sausage factory and shows how an anonymous comment on her site attributed to "A CAA Agent" was picked up by Read More
“Being pop critic at The Times is a dream job—certainly it was mine,” the former occupant of that position, Kelefa Sanneh, wrote in an e-mail to Off the Record this week.
But a little more than two weeks ago, Mr. Sanneh left his dream job for the other dream job: a reporting gig at Read More
The New Yorker‘s classical music reviewer Alex Ross, (whom the Observer‘s Doree Shafrir considers the best listener in America) and The New York Times‘ (mostly) jazz writer Ben Ratcliff have been firing off emails about pop, jazz and classical to each other and posting them on Slate for the past few days. They’re Read More
The past year has seen the launch of the Fox Business Network and Condé Nast’s Portfolio. Now it looks like there could be another brand-new business journalism start-up to add to the list.
Slate—the irreverent online magazine that, since being launched by Michael Kinsley in 1996, has established itself as a fixture in the Read More