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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics revisit AMC’s much-acclaimed dramatic series Mad Men, now entering its fifth season. Next, they’re joined by Nathaniel Rich to discuss his New York Times Magazine article on the atrophied recovery of New Orleans’ 9th Ward, still decimated by Hurricane Katrina. Finally, Slate’s Seth Stevenson goes cashless for months and lives to tell the tale.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s Troy Patterson reviews the season premiere of Mad Men.
Slate’s TV Club on Mad Men, Season 5.
Slate’s entire coverage of AMC’s Mad Men.
Tanner Colby’s Slate article on Mad Men and race.
The Daily Beast’s interview with Tina Brown on Newsweek’s special retro Mad Men issue.
NPR’s interview with Mad Men series creator Matthew Weiner.
AMC’s official site for Mad Men.
Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine cover story “Jungleland.”
Time’s photo essay on the urban ruins of Detroit.
The New York Times’ 6th Floor blog interviews “Jungleland” author Nathaniel Rich.
Seth Stevenson’s Slate series on going cashless.
Slate’s technology columnist Farhad Manjoo ponders a world without cash.
Slate’s Matthew Yglesias imagines a Facebook currency.
Slate’s entire series on the cashless society.
The Guardian’s review of David Wolman’s new book The End of Money.
Matt Davio’s video interview with The End of Money author David Wolman.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Seth’s pick: David Foster Wallace’s last novel The Pale King and his classic article “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”
Julia’s pick: The U.S. Mint’s State Quarters. Also, Instagram as a social network
Stephen’s pick: Tracey Thorn’s cover of “Femme Fatale” and George Herbert’s poem The Pulley. Also, guerilla artist Banksy has released a provocative advertising manifesto.
Outro: Tracey Thorn’s “Femme Fatale”
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