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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:
TODAY IN SLATE
The World’s Politest Protesters
The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.
The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans
How Did the Royals Win Despite Bunting So Many Times? Bunting Is a Terrible Strategy.
Catacombs Where You Can Stroll Down Hallways Lined With Corpses
Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.
How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.