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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
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
- Texas Lab Worker on Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola as Dallas Hospital Apologizes
- Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up College Pumpkin Festival Turned Violent
- Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder in Bizarre Campaign Ad
- Supreme Court Allows Texas Law That Accepts Handgun Permits but not College IDs to Vote
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.