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Product Details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 10th Anniversary ed. edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977743306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977743308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,346,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Plotz is the Deputy Editor of Slate. He lives in Washington, DC.

Jacob Weisberg is the Editor of Slate and the bestselling author of Bushisms. He lives in New York, NY.

Michael Kinsley is Slate's founding editor. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beach Reader on January 3, 2007
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If you read Slate on a daily basis you will have seen some of what is contained in this book but this is still an excellent choice. Great book to take with you when you have just a short time to read because each article is self contained. You will find things you missed and be reminded of the interesting people that you read about in Slate.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane Schirf on May 18, 2008
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First, I should note that I have no idea why I bought The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology. I didn't know what Slate was, although I recently discovered that I joined the site in January 2008. I suspect I acquired the book because I'm fond of anthologies--usually collections of good or sometimes great stories built around a theme, a one-stop shop. In short,without knowing what Slate is, I wanted to read the best of its first decade.

As I learned from Michael Kinsley's foreword, Slate began at Microsoft as an online magazine (currently owned by the Washington Post). I had in my hands a print tribute to an online publication--a way to package and sell tangible copies of electronically published words. More simply put, The Best of Slate is an opportunity to cash in on the site's popularity, to sell books, and to get book buyers to the site.

Long-time fans of Slate may appreciate seeing articles they remember in print and having a piece of a favorite Web site in their hands. As a relative newcomer, though, I am disappointed if the articles selected by editor David Plotz truly are the best work Slate has produced in 10 years.

The first article, "Airline English" by Cullen Murphy, enlightens the reader with the obvious; airline terms such as "craft," "crew," "captain," "first officer," "deck," "cabin," "bulkhead," and "hold" are derived from long-established shipping industry lingo (oddly, "pilot" didn't make the list). If there is anyone left who hasn't realized this, I'd be amazed. "Watching Couples Go By," in which we discover that men like women for physical comfort and conversation and to fill his need to be needed is another space filler, but was undoubtedly included in the collection to honor its author Herbert Stein, who passed away.
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