7 Min Released Sep 1, 2016

A Year of Great Books | What Should We Read Next? (Book 5)

This podcast is part of a Year of Great Books, a *Slate Academy. To learn more, visit *Slate.com/GreatBooks*.


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 *Slate’s culture coverage. Before casting your ballot, here are some things you should know about Laura B.’s reading life: A Spanish literature major, Laura once took an entire course on Don Quixote. “A really wonderful, fascinating class that has proved useful in approximately zero ways,” she says.

  • Laura reads a lot of contemporary fiction because of her job. She’s a skeptical consumer of harrowing personal essays.
  • She self-identifies as a fan of “anything that’s swaggy and crackly.”What qualifies as swaggy and crackly? Listen to find out. In their conversation, Laura B. and Laura M. nominate four candidates for the next selection in this different kind of book club. As a *Slate Plus* member, you can vote here*!  *Book 5: The Shortlist  *Ficciones *by Jorge Luis Borges  Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky  Death in Venice by Thomas Mann  Dream of the Red Chamber, vol. 1 by Cao Xueqin 

Join the conversation about Year of Great Books at our private Facebook group.
To access all features of this Slate Academy, visit Slate.com/GreatBooks

Slate Academy: A Year of Great Books

Slate Academy: A Year of Great Books

Rediscover the joys and surprises of great literature

Go To Show Page

More Episodes

Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Is Not a Real Revolution

FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)

The United States isn’t going to see the kind of change brought by the Arab Spring and Euromaidan—no matter how many millennials rock the vote.

40 Min

Mar 8, 2016

Does When We Eat Matter?

Slate's The Gist

Today on The Gist, political writer Harry Enten f…

26 Min

Nov 3, 2014

Do Big Things Come With Small Screens for Apple?

WSJ Heard On the Street

Can a new, smaller iPhone mean big business for Apple? Miriam Gottfried and David Reilly are joined by Dan Gallagher to discuss the latest offering from the tech giant. Then, Paul Davies in London talks about Credit Suisse's latest troubles and what these say about too-big-to-manage banks.

18 Min

Mar 24, 2016