In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Meryl Streep's new movie about Julia Child, Julie & Julia; Amazon's beloved, vexing Kindle e-reader; and Josh Levin's new series on Slate about the end of America.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:
The official Web site for Julie & Julia.
Ariel Levy's piece on Julie & Julia director Nora Ephron in The New Yorker (registration required).
Brooks Barnes' piece about Ephron, Child, food and marriage in the New York Times.
Meryl Streep plays an original composition on the concertina on The Tonight Show (as if you needed more proof that she can do absolutely anything).
Nicholson Baker's takedown of the Kindle in The New Yorker.
Jacob Weisberg's much more favorable assessment of the Kindle's future in Slate.
Farhad Manjoo writes that Amazon's Kindle is bad news for the publishing industry in Slate.
Marion Maneker's "The Kindle Chronicles" on Slate's sister site The Big Money.
Josh Levin's series, "How Will America End?," on Slate.
Levin's Choose Your Own Apocalypse game on Slate.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
June and Julia's pick: The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe.
Dana's pick: the food blog "The Tipsy Baker," written by Jennifer Reese.
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Posted on Aug. 5 by Jacob Ganz at 12:00 a.m.