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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, along with managing editor Jessica Grose and editor Kate Julian, discusses the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid by French IMF head Dominique "Dodo" Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger's secret love child and sordid past, an Atlantic article about aesthetic vaginal surgery, and Roseanne Barr's piece about her television experience in New York.
The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:
Kate Julian recommends the website Threads of Feeling. The site displays photographs of scraps of fabric that mothers left with their babies at London Foundling Hospital in the 18th century. The scraps were meant to identify the babies, so that mothers could find their offspring if they returned to claim them.
Hanna Rosin has just discovered the wonderful Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, by Leanne Shapton, a book about the dissolution of a relationship told through their personal property.
Jessica Grose read Zoë Heller's The Believerswhile she was on vacation and even though it is too dark to be described as a beach read, she enjoyed the complex portrait of a family falling apart after its patriarch, a leftist lawyer, has a debilitating stroke.
Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:
"Perverse Incentives" in the Atlantic.
"As I Should Know" in New York.
"Maria Shriver defends Schwarzenegger on 'Oprah' " from Entertainment Weekly.
TODAY IN SLATE
Forget Oculus Rift
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Can it be again?
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I’m 25. I Have $250.03.
My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.
Smash and Grab
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?