In this week's gabfest, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, discuss Nicole Krauss' latest novel, Great House. Bazelon and Talbot are puzzled about why this novel is less light-hearted than Krauss' last one, The History of Love. Rosin defends Krauss' attempt to make her characters intentionally less accessible. They all puzzle over the ghost child in the novel and also the surprise ending, which two of the three missed entirely.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.