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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose, and editor Kate Julian discuss the recent spate of "end of men" books like Kay Hymowitz's Manning Up and Dan Abrams' Man Down, a new all-girls preschool called The Pink Academy and the debate over single-sex education, and the Austenian media narrative of princess-to-be Kate Middleton's family.
The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:
Jessica Grose recommends the lowbrow charms of this season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Why? Two words: Gary Busey.
Hanna Rosin cannot stop eating Chip'ins, the popcorn chip (and no, she is not getting paid for this endorsement). The mom in the 100-percent-absurd promotional rap video that Chip'ins made says "they're the greatest thing to happen since my children were born."
Kate Julian is loving Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog, the fourth in the Jackson Brodie mystery series.
Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:
"Where Have All the Good Men Gone?" by Kay Hymowitz in the Wall Street Journal
"How the Media Are All Wrong About Men" by Alex Heard in the Good Men Project
"The End of Men" by Hanna Rosin in the Atlantic
"Would You Send Your Daughter to an All-Girls Preschool?" by KJ Dell'Antonia in Slate
"The Single-Sex Trick" by Lise Eliot and Diane F. Halpern in Slate
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.