Slate's Culture Gabfest on Eminem, working with your hands, and JFK's intern.

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May 27 2009 1:13 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the return of rapper Eminem, whether working with your hands is a new obsession for cultural elites, and the forthcoming memoir by former Kennedy intern/lover Mimi Beardsley Alford.

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

Eminem's MySpace page, with songs and videos from his new album, Relapse.
Ann Powers' review of Relapse in the Los Angeles Times.
Robert Christgau defends Eminem's morality in a review of Relapse for NPR.
Jody Rosen's 2005 essay on Eminem's decline in The Nation.
Christgau's "The Slim Shady Essay" in the Believer.
Jodie Foster's cover of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" during a University of Pennsylvania commencement address.
Michael Agger's review of Shop Class as Soul Craft by Matthew B. Crawford in Slate.
Matthew B. Crawford's piece in the New York Times Magazine about running a motorcycle repair shop.
Motoko Rich's article in the New York Times about Mimi Beardsley Alford's book deal.
Jim Rutenberg and Motoko Rich's article about Dick Cheney's search for a book deal in the New York Times.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: the documentary The Rape of Europa
Jody's pick: George R. Stewart's Names on the Land
Stephen's picks: The Pernice Brothers' song (and Sherwin Williams commercial soundtrack) "The Weakest Shade of Blue" and the speech on the dedication of St. Gaudens monument by William James

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