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Borges, Dostoevsky, Mann, or Cao? Vote for — For the fifth selection in our Year of Great Books series, we're choosing a novel from outside the English language. Laura Miller and members like you will be reading alongside Laura Bennett, a senior editor responsible for 's culture coverage.

Critical review of children’s books by celebrities like Jay Leno, John Travolta, and Gloria Estefan. — If there's one thing celebrities love to do, besides buy oceanfront property, it is write picture books. Jamie Lee Curtis alone has penned eleven of them. Julianne Moore has cranked out a slew of best-sellers about a spunky redhead named Freckleface Strawberry.

Bruce Springsteen just played his longest U.S. concert ever, and it was exhausting. — On Thursday night, Bruce Springsteen broke his own record for the longest E Street band show ever played on American soil, at the MetLife Stadium in Jersey. It was endless. Four hours, to be exact. But by the time Nils Lofgren rounded the corner of his multi-minute guitar solo in "Because The Night," it felt a lot longer.

How hard is it to make your own children's book? Slate editors and writers tried. — No one doubts that some children's books are great. But it's the kind of greatness that often looks so intuitive, so breezy and slight, that it can seem deceptively simple to pull off.

Slate editors chat about wedding planning with mothers on Mom and Dad Are Fighting. — In Thursday's edition of the Mom And Dad Are Fightingbonus segment, senior editor Laura Bennett joins hosts Allison Benedikt and Jessica Winter to chat about what it's like to plan a wedding with your mother. How is planning a wedding much like co-running a small tedious corporation?

Andrew Wylie Interview: Literary Agent Makes Millions Off Highbrow — Laura Bennett: Tell me about the first time you saw a Kindle. Andrew Wylie: I was in Rome, in the back of a taxi, and I couldn't see it. So I thought, fuck this. This was in 1924 or something when the Kindle was launched. I bought it right away and discarded it immediately.

An interview with a dermatologist about the truly staggering amount of eczema in The Night Of. — HBO's The Night Of is many things: part whodunit, part fine-toothed character study, part prison drama. But it is also a star vehicle for eczema. By now it is well-established that John Stone, the schlubby lawyer played by John Turturro, suffers from a debilitating skin condition on his feet.

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Animal Kingdom, and Facebook’s new algorithm. — Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 407 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Laura Bennett, Willa Paskin and Will Oremus with the audio player below. And join the lively conversation on the Go to to learn more about Slate Plus and join today.

The Culture Gabfesters shares the literature and music they turn to for comfort. — In the June 22 edition of the Slate Plus bonus segment, the Culture Gabfest answers one listener's question: "In terms of total time and cumulative comfort, what has made the biggest difference when you needed it the most-lyrics or text? When did words suddenly save you?"

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Finding Dory, UnReal, and the phenomenon of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. — Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 405 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Laura Bennett and Aisha Harris with the audio player below. And join the lively conversation on the Go to to learn more about Slate Plus and join today.
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