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How Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s Backyard

Dickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.

May 19 2016 12:20 PMIntroducing My ÁntoniaOur next selection for a Year of Great Books is an aching portrait of unrequited longing and the untamed West.
May 17 2016 1:11 PMDecoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
May 8 2016 8:02 PMIs “Grit” Really the Key to Success?A new book says you need passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or an old one dressed up to be the latest self-help sensation?
May 5 2016 1:37 PMWhat Should We Read Next?Help us choose the next book in a Year of Great Books.
May 5 2016 10:12 AMHow to Run a Used BookstoreRead how one independent bookseller keeps business booming in the age of Amazon in this Working podcast transcript. 
May 4 2016 10:24 AMExperience Jane Eyre in a New WayA new audio performance by Thandie Newton.
May 4 2016 10:00 AMSpeak, MotherhoodHow parenting can birth great writing.
May 3 2016 1:48 PMOn Being RapedCould one man’s harrowing story encourage more male victims of sexual assault to come forward?
May 2 2016 9:00 AMLabored ProseWhy are depictions of childbirth taboo in literary fiction?
April 18 2016 12:10 PMAccountants of S.H.I.E.L.D.A clever new novel imagines the life of the administrative staff that helps a superhero organization run smoothly.
April 8 2016 4:21 PMAnnouncing the Winners of the 2016 Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best web and print cartoonists of the year win $1,000 each.
April 8 2016 1:03 PMWorst-Case ScenariosJordan Crane’s comics explore the bad, bad places our minds can go.
April 8 2016 11:33 AM“Licked by Fire”Sallie Tisdale’s essays use elaborate metaphors to explore the morality of memoir. 
April 7 2016 7:45 AMThe Shadow of WhitenessThe characters in Athena Farrokhzad’s poems emigrate from Iran to Sweden, and find a home nowhere. 
April 6 2016 9:45 AMThe Evil PlaceWhy did a Hopi leader invite raiders to massacre his entire town in 1700?
May 18 2016 1:48 PMGrowing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
May 12 2016 11:27 AMWin a Copy of My ÁntoniaPenguin Classics is helping Slate Plus members celebrate the next selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books.
May 5 2016 3:51 PMWhere Is the Voice Coming From?An extraordinary metaphysical thriller from Lydia Millet.
May 5 2016 11:43 AMRules for Dating My DaughterA cartoonist wrestles with the tough questions of modern parenting in a collection of clever graphic essays.
May 4 2016 4:48 PMThe Ocean of SadnessMelissa Broder and the satisfaction of embracing the world of feeling.
May 4 2016 10:23 AMAbout Jane EyreEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.
May 3 2016 4:15 PMSave the Allegory!An entire literary tradition is being forgotten because writers use the term allegory to mean, like, whatever they want.
May 2 2016 12:22 PMThe DisembodiedFor Don DeLillo’s characters, all technologies are technologies of death.
April 25 2016 9:45 AM“I Want to Read Everything”The characters in Helen Oyeyemi’s short stories are as infatuated with narrative as we are.
April 12 2016 10:55 AMStories for the Square GirlsBeverly Cleary’s unjustly forgotten teen novels tell simple stories of first love.
April 8 2016 3:51 PMI’ll Be There for YouThe difficult, dangerous task of writing about a friend.
April 8 2016 12:14 PM“The Bible Is Inexhaustible”Chester Brown on his cartoon exploration of Jesus and prostitution.
April 8 2016 9:51 AMHarper Lee, the National AntidoteWhat was she trying to tell us with Go Set a Watchman? A friend plumbs its author’s mysteries after her death.
April 6 2016 4:31 PMAfter the BlastThe Association of Small Bombs is a deeply moving exploration of terrorism that destroys the tropes of the subcontinental novel. 
April 5 2016 10:45 AM“Permission for the Imagination”A passionate defense of pretentiousness.

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