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Dec. 30 2009 11:57 AM

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Carl Wilson's book Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.
Lady Gaga's official Web site.
Jody Rosen'slist of the top 10 albums of 2009 for Slate's "Music Club."
Kanye West's official blog.
Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" video.
The Black Eyed Peas' Target ad.
Seth Stevenson's piece on indie sweethearts doing commercials.
Seth Stevenson's piece on the Black Eyed Peas' Target ad.
Seth Stevenson's piece on the Bob Dylan Victoria's Secret ad.
Seth Stevenson's piece on celebrity voice-overs.
Neil Young's "This Note's for You."
George Clooney's commercial for Martini.
Luke Wilson's AT&T commercials.
Farhad Manjoo's recent Slate piece on the unstoppable Facebook.
Farhad Manjoo's piece from January on why you should join Facebook.
Information on Facebook Connect.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: the music search site
Jody's pick: the rare images blog BibliOdyssey.
Julia's pick: The New York Times crossword puzzle app.
Stephen's pick: Everything But the Girl's "Unless It Rains" and "Get Me."

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Posted on Dec. 9 by Jesse Baker at 11:44 p.m.

Dec. 2, 2009

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss White House party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi, whether the aughts were the "decade from hell," and Eva Tanguay, the first rock star.