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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Milk, Beyoncé, and Black Friday.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

The official Milk Web site.
Dana Stevens' review of Milk.
Dennis Lim's analysis of whether Milk could have helped defeat California's Proposition 8 if it had been released earlier.
Beyoncé's new album, I Am … Sasha Fierce.
Beyoncé's video for the song "Single Ladies."
Beyoncé's video for the song "If I Were a Boy."
Jonah Weiner's piece on Beyoncé's odd new alter ego, Sasha Fierce.
David Carr's New York Times analysis of Black Friday.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: James Lipton's Inside the Actor's Studio interview with Paul Newman.
Julia's pick: Norman Rush's novel Mating.
Stephen's pick: Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man.

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Posted on Dec. 3 by Amanda Aronczyk at 1:15 p.m.

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

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is Slate's deputy editor and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast. Follow her on Twitter.