Slate’s Culture Gabfest discusses the rise of the first-person industrial complex and how the personal essay took over the Internet.

The Culture Gabfest Crew Discusses Their Favorite First-Person Essays

The Culture Gabfest Crew Discusses Their Favorite First-Person Essays

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Sept. 22 2015 5:40 PM
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The “Mining the Past” Bonus Segment

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss Laura Bennett’s critique of the personal essay and share their favorite examples.

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The first-person narrative essay has a long emotional history with the Internet. In this week’s Culture Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf muse over senior editor Laura Bennett’s popular piece, “The First-Person Industrial Complex,” and share their favorite first-person narrative essays. From Joan Didion to George Orwell, the Gabsters praise essays that they’ve found particularly powerful—and highlight what they like most about the form.

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