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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Slate's foreign editor, June Thomas, to discuss her new Slate series on gay bars—their riotous past and uncertain future. For their next segment, they discuss the new HBO documentary Hot Coffee and whether it does tort reform justice. For their final segment, they discuss Nick Paumgarten's New Yorker article on the weird world of online dating.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
June Thomas' series on "The Gay Bar" in Slate.
Dan Savage, David Rakoff and more reflect on their first gay-bar experience in Slate.
June's slideshow on "The Most Important Gay Bars in History."
June on "Why the Gay Rights Movement Was Born in a Gay Bar."
June's article on the economics of gay bars.
The theme song from Cheers.
The official website for Susan Saladoff's Hot Coffee on HBO.
The New York Times on Saladoff's documentary and the controversy surrounding it.
WNYC's interview with Saladoff about the film.
The Wiki for the infamous Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants hot coffee case.
The Wiki for tort reform.
Harper's on the reported political motivations behind the trial of Oliver Diaz.
Nick Paumgarten's New Yorker article on "sex, love, and loneliness on the Internet."
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick on the laws (and lawlessness) of Internet dating.
Tom Shone's account of his adventures in online dating in Slate.
Jose Luis Borges' conception of "The Library of Babel."
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: The San Francisco Symphony's radio series The Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever.
Julia's pick: The song "Truth" by Alexander (One of many songs from the "Summer Strut" mix tape, which you can now listen to and buy here.
Steve's picks: John Gray's takedown of David Brooks' The Social Animal in The National Interest and the chapter on the Stonewall riots in Paul Berman's A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968.
Outro: "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" by Jonathan Richman.
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