Chimp Change

When Marc Jurnove first visited the Long Island Game Farm Park and Zoo in the spring of 1995, he found Barney, a chimpanzee, living in…

Are You a Boy or a Girl?

It starts with a gender-reveal celebration, and it culminates at the door of a bathroom in North Carolina…

Ivanka Trump Makes Donald Even Scarier

Ivanka Trump achieved her status as the best reality television character the genre has ever produced on her father’s NBC program Celebrity Apprentice. This…

The Kindly Brontosaurus

The amazing, prehistoric posture that will get you whatever you want, whenever you want it…

Brought to you by the letter I

An essay commissioned as part of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language. I. THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT “I…

Are Women People?

I’ve always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I’m not so certain…

Star Wars Virgins

Two Slate writers who wouldn’t know a Jedi from a nerf herder go see The Force Awakens…

Cracked Actor

The film career of David Bowie. In the summer of 1983, a man calling himself David Bowie appeared on the cover of Time magazine. With…

Absence of Malick

A new DVD of The Thin Red Line suggests Terrence Malick is as much a mystery to his actors and crew as he is to…

Mother of Invention

On Jenny Offill’s Dept of Speculation for BookForum. In 1999, Jenny Offill published her first novel, Last Things, written in the voice of a…

Bring Up the Bodies

On Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (BookForum) Hilary Mantel’s 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, was an extraordinary achievement, a work of historical and…