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He wanted to adopt an iraqi orphan to better understand millennials.

slate.com — In an interview with the Guardian's weekend magazine-the full text of which will be released Saturday-Jonathan Franzen discussed one of the most in-character details in the history of being Jonathan Franzen: He once pondered adopting an Iraqi war orphan in order to better understand millennials. "Oh, it was insane," he...
Aug 21, 2015

In fairness, being adopted by Jonathan Franzen is probably a marked improvement over war-orphanhood in Iraq slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Aug 21, 2015

Did what all good editors do—gently suggested that Franzen might be a terrible steward of orphans. @lbennett slate.com/blogs/browbeat… @Slate

Aug 21, 2015

RT @laurahelmuth: Did what all good editors do—gently suggested that Franzen might be a terrible steward of orphans. @lbennett slate.com/blogs/browbeat… @Slate

Diagnosed with celiac in the 1990s.

slate.com — I was 9 years old when I first heard the word gluten. "You can't eat gluten anymore," my mom informed me after we'd left the doctor's office. "No more spaghetti." Her face suggested this was good news. I hadn't gained weight in more than a year and I looked like...
Aug 18, 2015

My love @lbennett wrote about avoiding gluten long before it was cool to avoid gluten. slate.com/articles/life/…

Aug 17, 2015

What the gluten-free craze has looked like to someone with actual celiac disease: slate.com/articles/life/…

Aug 17, 2015

I wrote about the weirdness of the gluten craze as a lifelong celiac; @lrsnwlkr edited my 9yo self onto a pasta bowl: slate.com/articles/life/…

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It was classic Trump, and not just because of his sexism.

slate.com — None of what Donald Trump said in his interview with Don Lemon over the weekend was surprising. Calling in to CNN Tonight, with his voice booming over a photo of his grinning orange mug, he sounded, as always, like a man who was sure he had already won. The moment...
Aug 10, 2015

RT @Slate: What Trump really meant by saying Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever": slate.me/1hupEKn

Aug 11, 2015

Did Trump's “wherever” remark really mean what everybody thought it meant? slate.me/1DGtcmM pic.twitter.com/yoyj1VxebN

Aug 11, 2015

What Trump really meant by saying Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever": slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

How James Ponsoldt cast them.

slate.com — Hardly anyone or anything in David Foster Wallace's life was more important to him than his two black mixed-breeds, Drone and Jeeves. Comparing living with dogs to living with women, he once said: "It's just much easier having dogs. You don't get laid, but you also don't get the feeling...

What it was like to grill President Obama and how it happened in the first place.

slate.com — riday morning, Marc Maron-whose "WTF" podcast has featured some of the most raw and riveting interviews with comedians of all time-interviewed President Obama. This was not something Maron had ever expected to do. And yet months ago, Obama's people reached out to Maron's people, and then the plans kept inching...
Jun 20, 2015

An interview with Marc Maron on what it was like to grill Obama. slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jun 19, 2015

I talked to Marc Maron after his Obama interview, and he was feelin pretty great: slate.com/blogs/browbeat… pic.twitter.com/gxc5IHA5mN

Jun 19, 2015

Slate's Laura Bennett talked to Marc Maron about what it was like to interview the president: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jun 19, 2015

RT @junethomas: Slate's Laura Bennett talked to Marc Maron about what it was like to interview the president: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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Slate editor Laura Bennett on the sites that converted her into a loyal reader.

slate.com — A year or so ago, I wrote a piece about "media diets" and interviewed some journalists about just how much they'd fudged their self-reported news consumption. Media diets are bogus, I concluded. No one actually reads 19 magazines and watches an hour of Al Jazeera before breakfast. But now that...

'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...
May 18, 2015

Want to know how that classic Coke ad really came about? @lbennett spoke with its creator, Bill Backer: slate.me/1B8l087

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

.@lbennett got an interview with the real-life ad man who created that Coca-Cola commercial from the Mad Men finale: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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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...
May 06, 2015

"I’ve never seen someone make so little effort to be interesting—a banality so confident it feels like a revelation." slate.com/articles/arts/…

May 06, 2015

RT @Slate: Kim Kardashian’s 445-page book of selfies is borderline insane. I can’t recommend it enough. slate.me/1F6fyJT pic.twitter.com/5nQLtpvE5J

May 06, 2015

"her masterpiece ... riveting ... a classic marriage plot" — @laurabennet reviews @KimKardashian's SELFISH slate.com/articles/arts/…

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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...
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Sep 02, 2015

I love this United Slang of America map and the word "cattywampus" makes me want to be from Alabama slate.com/articles/life/…

Aug 28, 2015

This a really nice, sweet, self-aware @StephenKing essay on whether writers can be too prolific: nytimes.com/2015/08/31/opi…

Aug 27, 2015

Shoutout to another @dankois out-of-office classic "Back Tues if all goes well with the ol' heavier-than-air flight" nytimes.com/2015/08/28/fas…

Aug 27, 2015

"Baldness that says, 'I've lived, I have money, here is a bracelet.' @taffyakner is great & funny on sugar daddies: gq.com/story/sugar-da…

Aug 27, 2015

Latest @highline piece by @MariahCBlake is devastating and beautifully done and all of the videos will make you cry: highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/we…

Aug 26, 2015

.@magiciansbook reviews Franzen's Purity, declares it a "limber, untroubled, deliciously fluent piece of fiction": slate.com/articles/arts/…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @SlateGist: Not another one! What it’s like to be gluten-free since the ’90s with @bennett: soundcloud.com/thegist/my-dis…

Aug 24, 2015

One of many highlights in @vulture's Tarantino intvw (along with "Who the F reads TV reviews") vulture.com/2015/08/quenti… pic.twitter.com/a7xFPAFEWg

Aug 21, 2015

RT @laurahelmuth: Did what all good editors do—gently suggested that Franzen might be a terrible steward of orphans. @lbennett slate.com/blogs/browbeat… @Slate

Aug 19, 2015

RT @stevensonseth: Amazing cruciverbal shade here: The New York Times "Mini" crossword replied to Slate's takedown, and it was perfect slate.com/blogs/browbeat…


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