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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose, and editor Kate Julian discuss Susan Gregory Thomas' memoir about Generation X and divorce, In Spite of Everything; the civil case Jamie Leigh Jones lost against KBR and what it means for rape reporting; and Betty Ford's legacy as first lady.
The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:
Kate Julian recommends Sandra Beasley's Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, part exploration of the science behind food allergies and part memoir of the author's experience with allergies.
Hanna Rosin shamefully endorses the reality show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, because it portrays the most confused gender subculture she's observed in a long time.
Jessica Grose offers a contest, not an endorsement. In an attempt to cure herself of upspeak—which makes her sound like an overgrown teenager—she would like readers to suggest a penalty for upspeaking on future gabfests. For instance: She must donate a nickel to a particular charity every time she upspeaks. Send ideas to our new gmail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, or put them on our Facebook wall.
Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:
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The Self-Made Man
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The First Case of Ebola in America Has Been Diagnosed in Dallas
Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10
Mad About Modi
Why the controversial Indian prime minister drew 19,000 cheering fans to Madison Square Garden.
You Deserve a Pre-cation
The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.