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In this week's Gabfest, our critics discuss an Atlantic article that argued Facebook is making us lonely. Also, a conversation with Slate’s June Thomas about her favorite reality TV show: RuPauls’s Drag Race. Plus, Slate’s Jody Rosen on Dick Clark’s legacy.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s Pick: The Shower Radio.
Julia’s Pick: Emoji and Aziz Ansari’s use of emoji to subtitle a Kanye/Jay-Z song.*
Jody’s Pick: The Web series “The Slope” and “The Odyssey” translated by Robert Fagles.
Stephen’s Pick: Phantogram, Back at the Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith, and Miami and the Siege of Chicago.
Outro: “So Lonely” by the Police.
Correction, April 26, 2012: This article page originally misspelled Kanye West's first name.
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