Culture Gabfest: The Avengers, the future of e-book pricing, and Klout

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May 2 2012 11:35 AM

The Culture Gabfest, "Kablammo! Snappy Rejoinder" Edition

The Avengers, the future of e-book pricing, and rating your online clout.

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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:

Dana’s Pick: Turner Classic Movies True Crime Series.

Seth’s Pick: Solomon Burke.

Stephen’s Pick: “Mad Girls Love Song” by Sylvia Plath.

Outro: “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” by Solomon Burke.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast