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In this week's Gabfest, our critics discuss Joss Whedon’s summer blockbuster, The Avengers. Also, they chat with Slate’s Matthew Yglesias about the future of e-books and the publishing industry. Plus, Slate’s Seth Stevenson discusses how the company Klout is now tracking our online clout.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Julia’s Pick: The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman.
Outro: “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” by Solomon Burke.
TODAY IN SLATE
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.
The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly
How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.
A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.