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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Mark Oppenheimer's profile of Stranger columnist Dan Savage in the New York Times Magazine, and the Twitter fight between the Village Voice and Ashton Kutcher. For their third segment, our critics are joined by Slate editor Michael Agger to discuss his piece on 4chan's highly influential and somewhat revolting message board /b/ .
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Mark Oppenheimer's New York Times Magazine profile of Dan Savage, in which the advice columnist questions whether monogamy is right for every marriage.
Dan Savage's podcast and column "Savage Love" in the Stranger.
The It Gets Better project website.
Daily Mail's coverage of the Ashton/Village Voice feud.
Reuters Blogger Felix Salmon crunches the underage prostitution numbers.
Ashton Kutcher's Twitter feed.
Slate's Michael Agger on 4chanomics.
A collage of Hipster Ariel images.
The Wiki for 4chan.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Dan Savage's books The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family and My Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant.
Julia's pick: The design website Design Observer.
Mike's pick: 4chan founder Christopher Poole's new website Canvas.
Steve's picks: Richard Ford's book Independence Day: Bascombe Trilogyand the 1971 Mike Nichols film Carnal Knowledge.
Outro: "The James Bond Theme (From Dr. No)" by John Barry.
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