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Laura Miller


New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

The Youngest-Ever Booker Prize Winner Fulfills Her Promise With a Taut Eco-Thriller

Birnam Wood is gripping, richly satirical, and very surprising. → Read More

The New Serial Podcast Is a Return to Its Roots. It’s Going to Make Listeners Angry.

It seems to be about a straightforward police cover-up. Then come the twists. → Read More

The Emily Brontë Biopic Falls Victim to One of Our Dumbest Ideas About Writers

Emily reduces the author of Wuthering Heights to a cottagecore emo girl. → Read More

The Retiree Who Helped Catch the Golden State Killer

She's an evangelist for the use of forensic DNA analysis in law enforcement. But does she understand the risks? → Read More

Prince Harry’s Book Is Just Good Literature

I don’t give a fig about the royals, but Spare reads like a good novel. → Read More

Why Apple’s New A.I.-Read Books Are Making Some Humans Furious

There are some books the robots still can’t perform convincingly. But there are many they can. → Read More

The NYT’s Conservative Columnist Wrote a Fantasy Novel. Slate’s Book Critic Has Some Notes.

Ross Douthat posted the first chapter, asking “What should I do with it?” We have ideas. → Read More

The Story of the Romance Novelist Who Allegedly Faked Suicide Has a Dark Lesson

It’s about something much more common than "book drama"—and more absurd. → Read More

In Season 3, His Dark Materials Finally Found the Way to Tempt Those Who Love the Books

And the ending will wreck you. → Read More

The Case for Ignoring Elon Musk

He is taking up a lot of oxygen and spewing a lot of hate! His rise feels reminiscent of, say, Donald Trump! But this is different. → Read More

The 10 Best Audiobooks of 2022

Listening experiences good enough to get you to do the housework you don’t want to do. → Read More

The 10 Best Books of 2022

According to Slate's book critic. → Read More

Was I What You Wanted Me to Be?

A generation searches for their past selves in a lost genius. → Read More

The Books on The White Lotus Have a Secret Message

The first season’s tomes were aspirational props, but the second’s are more like warning signs. → Read More

The Most Revelatory Piece of the New Nancy Pelosi Jan. 6 Footage

How the hearings turned Donald Trump's favorite medium against him. → Read More

Challenging the Legend of “Saint Anthony”

Anthony Bourdain’s biographer thinks success destroyed him. Is the unauthorized Down and Out in Paradise a fair portrait? → Read More

What Maggie Haberman’s Big Trump Book Misses

She’s written the definitive portrait—of a man who’s never been a mystery. → Read More

What Would It Look Like if Octopuses Had Souls?

A new sci-fi thriller asks fascinating questions about intelligence and the unknown. → Read More

The Worst Person on This Week’s House of the Dragon Is Finally Done Playing Nice.

Even if she’s less evil than she is annoying. → Read More

No One Does War-Scarred Britons Like Kate Atkinson

Her latest novel combines the intrigue of her Jackson Brodie mysteries with the sweep of Life After Life. → Read More