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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Seth Stevenson, and Julia Turner discuss Seth Stevenson's new travel book, Grounded; the Google tool that lets you buy TV ads; and Apple's much-hyped iPad.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Seth Stevenson's new book Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.
The Slate V ad that ran on national television with a little help from Google.
Seth Stevenson's pieces on the mesmerizing ads for HeadOn and Overstock.com in Slate.
Slate'sFarhad Manjoo on whether the iPad is necessary.
Choire Sicha's takedown of the device in the Awl.
The New York Times writer David Carr defends the iPad to New Yorkmagazine.
Ad Age's article on the advertiser preference for apps over mobile Web sites.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Seth's pick: Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.
Dana's pick: Seth's girlfriend, Rebecca.
Steve's pick: Champion crew socks in black.
Julia's pick: The West coast treat See's Candies.
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Posted on April 8 by Jesse Baker at 9:53 a.m.