Columbia Pictures' big-screen adaption of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Lovepremieres this week. In 2008, Slate's Audio Book Club debated whether Gilbert's best-selling memoir, about a recently divorced woman who embarks on a long journey across the globe, is self-indulgent chick-lit or a great beach read with artistic merit. The audio is reposted below.
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This month, the Audio Book Club presents a heated discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, which Katie Roiphe described as a "transcendently great beach book" in her July 2007 Slate review.
"Dilettante" columnist Stephen Metcalf, NYU professor Roiphe, and Slate culture editor Julia Turner argued about the book's artistic merits, its structure, and whether it's possible to even imagine a man enjoying the book. Is Gilbert merely a "high-level hack"? Are negative responses to the book evidence of the tendency to dismiss women who write memoirs as "self-indulgent"? The conversation runs about 55 minutes.
You can also listen to any of our previous club meetings by clicking on the links below *:
Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day, by Richard Ford
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Everyman, by Philip Roth
Saturday, by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
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