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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:
- June Thomas’ Slate piece "Don't Be a Wife"
- "Here Comes the Groom" by Andrew Sullivan
- "The Age of Dissonance; Gay Marriage? How Straight," from the New York Times in 2004
- "The New Normal Not Good Enough" by Lynne Huffer in the Huffington Post
- Philip Hensher’s book The Missing Ink
- Julia’s Slate piece on handwriting, which reviews the Hensher book: The End of Pens: Is Handwriting Worth Saving?
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile
- An excerpt from the Taleb book on Salon
- Taleb’s first book The Black Swan
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