Slate’s editorial director John Swansburg was on Reddit today, answering readers’ questions, which the counterintuitive webmag handily made into an easily digestible post.
What did we learn? Good question! Well, if given the choice between fighting one panda-sized David Plotz and 100 David Plotz-sized pandas, Mr. Swansburg would choose the latter. In the event of a Zombie attack, Mr. Swansburg “would surrender immediately and throw [himself] on the mercy of the undead,” he wrote. But then again, he is “not a zombie guy, never have been.” Sometimes, his own writing can be a powerful tool for social change. For example, ever since he wrote about how much he hates birthday dinners in 2008, Mr. Swansburg hasn’t been invited to a single one. He views this accomplishment as a direct result of his seminal piece.
Poor Justin Peters. The Slate scribe probably hadn’t heard about The Times Is on It Twitter account when he signed up to do what most of us would consider the impossible (or at least the super-foolish): Try to “embody” seven trends created discovered by the NYT’s Style Section, to become the most stylish man in New York. (Except, obviously, Brooklyn.)
Slate readers can now assign Slate writers stories. How’s that for counterintuitive?
In a stunt reminiscent of a Slate explainer, the website is turning assumptions slightly askew and then making a case for that assumption. For the next week, that assumption is the editorial process whereby an editor assigns a writer a story, a writer writes it and then a reader Read More
Get ready. Katie Roiphe, “one of Slate’s most provocative columnists,” will discuss her admiration for messy lives at the New York Public Library on next week. Ms. Roiphe’s new collection of contrarian essays, In Praise of Messy Lives, provides the jumping off point for a conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengräber, as well as a flurry of Read More
We recently noticed an interesting reader-submitted review on Amazon for Jessica Grose’s new novel Sad Desk Salad. Slate editor David Plotz (Ms. Grose’s former boss, as she was a senior editor at Slate and most recently wrote for the site in August 2012) submitted a review just like any other normal book-buyer. “I Read More
off the record
“Last night we did a version of this where we walked down the aisle!” said Atlantic senior editor Hanna Rosin at the beginning of a debate last Wednesday at the Maritime Hotel, on occasion of the publication of her book, The End of Men. “It was like our wedding!”
She had just come onstage along Read More
Former Fox Mole Joe Muto reappeared on Slate last week, writing about the verisimilitude of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO Series, The Newsroom.
“I spent almost eight years working in cable news before I decided earlier this year to exit the industry in a quiet, dignified fashion, so naturally the show piqued my curiosity,” he wrote. “Sorkin deserves credit for Read More
Does this count as breaking character? Stephen Colbert is such a huge fan of Slate’s Gabfest podcast that he once called editor David Plotz to ask why an episode was late, according to a Nieman piece on the economics of podcasting from earlier this week. (Mr. Colbert had previously showed his hand when he Read More
Less than six months after laying off influential film critic J. Hoberman, The Village Voice has also lost its film editor, Allison Benedikt. Ms. Benedikt will run Slate’s women’s vertical, Double X, filling the post vacated by Jessica Grose when she jumped to New York‘s Vulture blog earlier this year.
Slate announced a new special section today, the Slate Book Review, which will take over the site’s homepage the first weekend of every month, beginning tomorrow. Slate Book Review will triple the amount of books coverage on the site, the New York Times reports.