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The complete list of nominees for the 82nd Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In the Loop's official site on the Independent Film Channel.
In the Loop on Amazon.com
Meghan O'Rourke's New Yorker article on the state of grief in the United States.
Meghan's series on grief and recovery in Slate.
Adam Gopnik's goodbye to J.D. Salinger in The New Yorker.
Slate's Troy Patterson takes on the two faces of J.D. Salinger  and Stephen's  tribute to the author, also in Slate.
The New York Times' dispatches from Cornish, N.H., on the real "Jerry" Salinger.
Dana Stevens on Hollywood Holdens.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Meghan's pick: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis.
Troy's pick:  Fleetwood Mac performing "Tusk" with the USC marching band.
Stephen's pick: Thomas Hardy's series of love poems written after the loss of his wife, Emma.

You can e-mail us at  culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Feb. 3 by Jesse Baker at 11:15 a.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.

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