Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the Lost Art of Handwriting, Gay Resistance to Marriage, and Neomania

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Dec. 5 2012 12:36 PM

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the end of handwriting and Philip Hensher's book The Missing Ink, Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book Antifragile and the idea of "neomania," and Slate's June Thomas stops by to explain why she neither wants a wife, nor wants to be one.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Dana’s endorsements:

Elliott Holt Twitter fiction and BBC’s Start the Week podcast on the art of handwriting

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Steve’s endorsement:

Outtro song: “Living in the Future” by John Prine

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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.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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

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