The Audio Book Club on Eat, Pray, Love.

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Aug. 12 2010 12:55 PM

The Audio Book Club on Eat, Pray, Love

Our critics discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's blockbuster memoir.

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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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Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

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.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast