Introducing The Slice!

Welcome to The Slice, TPM’s latest project! I’m Nona Willis Aronowitz and I run this thing.

Think of it as TPM’s magazine—deeper takes, more crafted writing. The Slice gets to the thorny, human, gut level of a broader range of issues than TPM has tackled before. We’ll be exploring everything from money and sex to identity and pop culture, from politics and family to those harbingers of modern life you keep noticing but can’t quite parse out. We’ll have reporting like Kat Stoeffel’s investigation into the crossroads of rape culture and gentrification in New Orleans. We’ll have personal essays like the one Miriam Zoila Perez, the child of Cuban exiles, wrote when she heard about the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement in December. We’ll confront our national identity, biases and pleasures. We’ll (hopefully) have fun.

The Slice is mediumform, not longform. Intimate, not lofty. Considered ideas, not hot takes. Timely, but not ephemeral. Provocative, but not contrarian for the sake of pageviews. Our stories will have a sense of place and a sense of humor. Our writers will dig deep, and get vulnerable, and argue with themselves.

In some ways, The Slice will exist on a different plane than the rest of TPM, but it’s still an integral and deliberate part of the whole. If anything here moves you, inspires you, or pisses you off, tell us. If you’re a writer with an idea, pitch us. We want your feedback and guidance. This is a fluid process, and we’re excited to experiment.

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