Senior editor, @Slate

'Mad Men' not much like real life in birth of original Coke ad

tampabay.com — On the finale of the fictional Mad Men, a Don Draper brainstorm produced the legendary "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial. Slate phoned Bill Backer, the real-life ad man who came up with the concept, at his farm in Virginia for his thoughts.

An interview with the real life ad man who created Coca-Cola's "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" campaign.

slate.com — On last night's Mad Men finale, an epic Don Draper brainstorm produced one of the most legendary commercials of the 20th century, in which a group of multicultural young people sing "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" on a grassy hill. But the real-life ad man who came up with the Coca-Cola concept is...

Selfish, Kim Kardashian West’s book of selfies, reviewed.

slate.com — 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...

Why this might be a bad move for the web series.

slate.com — It was perhaps inevitable that High Maintenance-the sensational web series about a weed dealer from Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld-would make its way to HBO. The appeal for the network is clear: High Maintenance is low-key and likable, arty without being alienating, just the right brand of millennial-bait to dangle...

Laura Bennett on her week at Slate.

slate.com — Hi Slate Plus! I'm Laura Bennett-a senior editor in the culture section, one of 3,000 Lauras who work at Slate, and your guest editor for this week's newsletter. I've only been at Slate for about two months, though it feels like a lot longer-I'm pretty sure I've sampled all lunch...

From Brian Krakow on My So Called Life to Stevie on Mad Men.

slate.com — Mad Men, in the spirit of importing as many strains of nostalgia as possible, loves to borrow actors from bygone teen soaps. Harry Hamlin (Jim Cutler) murdered Veronica Mars' best friend. Dan Scott (Ferguson Donnelly, the McCann exec who fires Cosgrove in last night's episode) was the most loathsome villain...

Larry Wilmore starts with a bang: Why his Comedy Central debut was so impressive

salon.com — Larry Wilmore is not playing around. The first episode of his political humor late-night talk show, "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore," was a bit uneven, as first episodes tend to be. The show's current structure is a monologue followed by a panel-a format that evokes British news shows and Bill Maher more than it evokes Wilmore's former coworkers Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

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“The Bachelor”’s Chris Harrison: “It sucks out there. The dating life sucks.”

salon.com — Throughout the controversial Juan Pablo season of "The Bachelor," host Chris Harrison gave perhaps the most impressive performance on the show. He was a voice of quiet sanity in a carnival of hormones and bad personalities.

“Bring it sad sick dudes”: Emily Gould isn’t sorry about anything

salon.com — When someone asks to profile Emily Gould these days, she knows exactly what the formula will be. First there's the obligatory wind-up about the "old" Emily Gould, the rehashing of past controversies: her high-profile career as a Gawker attack dog, that infamous "Larry King Live" interview where Jimmy Kimmel berated her over Gawker's celebrity coverage, the New York Times Magazine cover story about her blogging career accompanied by a close-up of Gould lounging on an unmade bed.
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May 21, 2015

Can't recommend @beckydinerstein's debut novel The Sunlit Night highly enough. Read this sensitive, beautiful book: amazon.com/The-Sunlit-Nig…

May 20, 2015

"As with Knausgaard, I imagine Selfish soon being forgotten." V fun to read @jerrysaltz & @dwallacewells talk Kim K: vulture.com/2015/05/saltz-…

May 20, 2015

RT @praddenkeefe: Farewell Mad Men TV Club, which had its final post today. Glad I got to roam those hillsides... slate.com/articles/arts/…

May 19, 2015

"Bill was loving it, and laughing in all the spots she intended." This is such a nice tribute to William Zinsser: newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

May 19, 2015

"Neyfakh: The what?" This @leoncrawl interview with a former undercover bike gang member is truly great: slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

May 19, 2015

A hugely ambitious and smart project from @jbouie & @rebeccaonion, led by @dankois--the History of American Slavery: slate.com/articles/slate…

May 18, 2015

"I'm no Don Draper," said the very charming real-life ad man who created that Coke commercial: slate.com/blogs/browbeat… pic.twitter.com/TxBYXsCF30

May 18, 2015

RT @juliaturner: On the #MadMenFinale, Don Draper finally stopped running. My entry in @slate's TV Club: slate.com/articles/arts/…

May 15, 2015

This piece by the very talented @seywarddarby, who was on the crashed Amtrak train, is unbelievably moving. washingtonpost.com/posteverything…

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